Debbi Campbell: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

3rd year

I visited the campus and really liked it and thought that the facilities at the university were excellent, especially the high voltage lab.

Study

The workload has certainly increased from college to university, however, my HND prepared me really well for the challenge. There is so much more independent study involved at university compared to college, but the practical experience I gained whilst studying for HND and working has been really beneficial and has allowed me to apply the theoretical studies into ‘real life’ situations.

Lifestyle changes

I found it relatively easy to fit in to university life mainly due to opting to stay in halls in my first year. Living in halls was a great way of getting to know other students and really helped smooth the move from college. In my first week I just sat with my door open and met so many people and made friends easily.

After one year in halls I opted to move into a flat in the city with friends that I had made whilst living on campus.

I was lucky in that I was able to save towards the costs of full-time education through my previous employment. I also receive a monthly bursary through the Women in Engineering Fund.

Career plans

I had originally planned to graduate after four years, however, I now plan to stay on and complete my MSc, which should open a lot more doors career-wise.

I have arranged a placement with BP in London this summer and after I graduate with my MSc I expect to find employment in the oil and gas sector of the industry.

Top tips

  • I'd advise new students to try and save as much money as possible before starting full-time education.
  • Also, make sure you read all the bumf that the university sends you before you start: if I hadn’t I wouldn’t be receiving a monthly bursary!