While we are often told to dream big for our future, without the right support and education, it can be impossible to get our ambitions off the ground. The University of Huddersfield takes great pride in giving its students the assistance they need and nurturing their skills to achieve great things. This was certainly the case for Huzaif Banday from Kashmir, India, an Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng (Hons) graduate. “I wanted to study Automotive Engineering since I was 10-11 years old,” he says. “I was very good at mathematics and enjoyed it a lot. My dad, being a civil engineer, encouraged me to explore engineering.”
Banday aspired to work for Rolls Royce or Jaguar Land Rover in the UK. Studying at a top UK university seemed like the best course of action. After completing his schooling, he considered Germany as it is the automotive capital, but he foresaw language barriers. A major pull to Huddersfield was the presence of a Kashmiri community in the vicinity. For an 18-year-old embarking on a global adventure for the first time, this gave him great comfort. The added boon of having the best of both worlds in terms of location — close to urban centres like Leeds and Manchester, as well as the picturesque countryside – made the university that much more appealing.
When Banday happened upon Huddersfield’s Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng(Hons), he could practically see his exciting future mapped out before him. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), this programme is a step towards helping you get Incorporated Engineer status (IEng).
As sustainability is at the heart of this bachelor’s programme, you will examine many ways to develop a cleaner and safer future, from hybrid and electric technologies to fuel cells. Fundamental principles of mechanics, dynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow with manufacturing technologies are covered as well. An added bonus is project work on real-world scenarios.
An impressive 100% of graduates from this programme are either employed or pursuing further study within 15 months of graduation. Other than the high-quality education, what gives Huddersfield’s automotive and motorsport engineering graduates an edge is the opportunities they have explored because of the university’s strong industry relationship with research and consultancy partners. These include Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Jaguar, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Eaton Transmissions and BBA Friction.
This helps drive your employability. Your longer-term career goals are that much closer because Huddersfield will help you secure a work placement in the UK or abroad. For Banday, the work placement was a pivotal moment in his journey. He secured a spot at Schaeffler, a distinguished German company specialising in automotive components. “Doing a placement before my final year helped me understand the final year and the importance of each module,” he says. “Apart from these four modules, I had my final year project on which I worked with my supervisor.”
In this year, the university’s placement team ensures you get the most out of the experience by offering support and guidance throughout the process. Banday’s placement year was more than a glimpse into the industry; real-world exposure prepared him for his dream career. “After finishing my year-long placement with them, I got offered a part-time position during my final year at university,” he says. “Besides that, it broadened my knowledge in the industry so much that in my final year, when I had to look and apply for graduate schemes, it was easier for me as I had already been through the process, and I believe that my placement helped me get my job at Jaguar Land Rover.”
Experiences like these guarantee success. For Banday’s Jaguar Land Rover interview, he had to give a technical presentation, which he managed to base on a project he completed during his placement. “They were impressed by the presentation, and the first thing they said was that if I am successful with my job application, this would be similar to what I have to do at Jaguar Land Rover as they’ve got similar equipment there,” he says.
This is just one example of the many ways Huddersfield equips students for a bright future. Its success was recognised when the school was awarded an outstanding Gold rating, the highest accolade attainable, in all three aspects of the Office for Students’s latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Accolades aside, this is a university that has helped make many of its student’s dreams a reality. “I’ve been at Jaguar Land Rover for two months now, and it has been as exciting as it looked at the beginning,” says Banday. “As an automobile enthusiast, when you’re surrounded by cars like Jaguars or Land Rovers, and you get to work around them, I don’t think there would be any better feeling.”
Learn more about the University of Huddersfield’s Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng (Hons) here.