More about Laura
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“It has always been important to me to work on my practical skills as well as on my theoretical knowledge, and NTU is well known amongst employers for the practical skills that they teach their students.”
“At the open day I attended I was impressed with the amazing facilities on offer and the enthusiasm of the staff. I also like the location; Nottingham is an active, affordable and diverse city.”
Have you been involved in any live projects?
“I recently worked on a Network Rail project as part of my placement year. It involved producing a civil engineering design, including a proposed site layout, as well as proposals for resurfacing works and additional surface drainage designs to collect rainwater. It was a challenge to overcome site constraints and still meet the client’s requirements. This project was a great example of how engineers can improve the overall safety and well-being of personnel, whilst still taking in to account environmental considerations.”
Have you been involved in any industry competitions?
“We had the opportunity to enter a challenge called Engineers Without Boarders. They’re a charity organisation who aim to inspire engineers to think about their global responsibility. We were challenged to solve an existing problem in the small town of Lobitos on the North Western coast of Peru. We came up with a new system to deliver water from the nearest ocean to the village whilst purifying it so that it would be drinkable.”
Have you had any guest lectures as part of your course?
“Last year we had a visit from Sir John Armitt. He is the past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the past Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, and currently the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. He gave us a presentation about the UK's Vision for 2050. He covered the current challenges that the UK faces in terms of infrastructure and how the government are planning to tackle them. It was a great opportunity to hear from an industry leader.”
Has your course included any trips?
“Our tutors try to provide us with as many opportunities as possible to visit interesting sites. As part of our Fluid Mechanics module we visited Papplewick Pumping Station. We had a guided tour around the facilities and learnt about how they delivered clean drinking water to Industrial Nottingham.”
Which module have you enjoyed the most?
“I particularly enjoy mathematical based modules, such as, Structural Design and Structural Analysis. I like being presented with a problem and using mathematics and physics principles to solve it.”
What do you think of the facilities available to you?
“We have labs available for different soil tests, workshops for concrete making & testing, resources available to build small scale models and extensive rooms for use of AutoCAD and Revit software. My favourite place is the library; it’s modern, easy to use and most importantly available 24/7.”
Why would you recommend studying Civil Engineering at NTU?
“Civil engineering is a multi-functional degree that allows you to choose your career path based on what you enjoy doing most. NTU prepares engineers for the real-world, ensuring that they meet the required industry standards. What makes NTU stand out from other universities is their practical approach to studying, keeping you up-to-date with the latest practices.”