- Name: Jordan
- Course: Chemical Engineering MEng Honours
- Where I'm from: UK
I looked around about 5 universities before I made my decision on which one was my favourite. When I came to the Newcastle open day I instantly felt like it was the one for me. The chemical engineering department was of a really high standard, especially when compared to the previous university departments that I had looked at. Additionally, I loved the campus and walking around gave me a feeling that I didn’t experience at any other open day - I could actually imagine myself studying at this university so I then knew that Newcastle University would be my first choice.
Studying Chemical Engineering
I really enjoy problem-solving which is heavily involved in my course. We get frequent tutorial sheets to complete and many assignments but I love the sense of achievement that I get after I spend the time to solve a really difficult question – especially when it is graded. My favourite module so far has probably been Fluid Mechanics. I really enjoyed learning about the different flow systems in pipes and how the addition of pumps, valves and changing the pipe shape affects the different properties of the flowing fluid and also analysing the overall energy changes that occur in the system.
Overall I think that I have very strong lecturers for my course. They all are very thorough with their notes and provide very understandable explanations of topics which make learning and revising as simple as possible. I think the ReCap system at Newcastle is extremely useful – all lectures are recorded so if you miss anything you don’t fall behind and can easily watch it from home to catch up. This also means that if you didn’t understand something at the time then you can re-watch it and it may make more sense.
Recommending Chemical Engineering
I would say that although any engineering degree is very challenging, it is also simultaneously very rewarding. Even though you have very busy schedules and a high workload, once you graduate it will all be so worth it to know that you managed to obtain a difficult degree and because of that you will be able to develop a very strong career. I think that if you are good at and enjoy maths and science then chemical engineering might be a degree that appeals to you – it is a combination of these subjects, with the addition of problem-solving and the analysis of fluid and heat flow in different systems. It involves the application of real-life situations which makes it much more interesting as you can relate the things you learn to the real-world and one day make a difference if you follow it as a career. Additionally, Newcastle University is a respectable Russell group university, so employers will acknowledge this if you are applying with a degree from here. Therefore, studying an intense course at such a good university is guaranteed to reward you later in life.
Living in Newcastle
I really enjoy how the university is campus-based but in the heart of the city. This means that within walking distance from the university there is so much available to do such as the shopping centre, restaurants, the market, nightclubs, cinemas, bowling and so much more. The fact that everything is so close is such a bonus – you can walk everywhere which saves money and also is such a convenience. This also makes the area feel even more friendly because you see and interact with people other than students so you get an even greater feeling of independence whilst living away from home at university.
Newcastle university offers such a huge range of societies and clubs that you are literally spoilt for choice when deciding what to join. There is something for everyone and such a huge diversity of things to get involved in. This year I’ve joined the pilates society and the pool and snooker club which are both great fun. Additionally, I joined the Women in Engineering intra-mural netball team where we play against other courses or teams every Saturday in the league. This is a great way to get involved with sport at university without having to be on the very competitive and time-consuming teams.
This year I live in Jesmond, 3 minutes from the Robinson Library. This location is so convenient because I am so close to the campus and also close to a range of restaurants and pubs in Jesmond. In first year I was in halls and sorting out accommodation in first year was really simple as I did it through the university application for halls and you chose your top choices and were hopefully allocated one of your top choices. I was actually offered my fourth choice but I had an amazing time and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter which halls you are in because you have such a great time in them all and you are only there for a year.
Managing my money
I would recommend downloading some sort of budget app. I have one that is really easy to use – I set my weekly budget allowance and then it has a simple way to input expenses and incomes so that you can easily keep track of your money on the go. This is also really easy because you always have your phone on you so it prevents forgetting to input anything as you can do it there and then after you buy something.
I don’t actually fully know what I want to do after I graduate. However, I think that I want to go down the engineering route as I am really enjoying studying it at university. I am really impressed with the careers service at the university as they have a drop-in centre for students every day for any questions or advice on career-related matters. They helped my go through and improve my CV and they also provide interview help and advice when searching for part-time jobs or degree placements. I think that I will take either a summer or year-long placement next year and I’m sure I will take full advantage of this great service when I do!