I looked at a few other universities first but I instantly knew that I should study at Kent after being shown around the School of Engineering and Digital Arts and seeing some of their research labs and how friendly and relaxed the environment there is.
What attracted you to the course and how have you found it?
After studying a BTEC ND in Electrical Electronic Engineering at college, I knew I wanted to continue in electronics and this course covered a few things I was interested in and had not done before such as Robotics and Programming. Being in my third year now, I have loved every second of it and would not go back and change a thing.
What have you particularly enjoyed about your time at Kent?
Apart from the learning, Canterbury is crammed with students so anywhere you go night or day has a friendly social environment.
Which modules have you enjoyed the most, and why?
I enjoyed the second-year project because we had the freedom to develop our own working system and build it in the workshop, where the workshop technicians are very helpful, friendly guys. I also like the PIC Programming module, as this is the part of the course I enjoy the most as you can build handy things with the PICs relatively quick and easy.
What about the teaching?
The teaching is very good and if you don’t understand anything in the lectures, the lecturers hold surgery hours each week, where you can go and ask any questions.
How would you describe your fellow students?
At the start of the first year everybody was a bit distant but quickly became very friendly, we are like one big group, where anyone can talk to anyone and everyone gets on with everyone.
What about the facilities on campus?
All the PC suites in the Jennison Building are very fast and up-to-date, running the latest Windows 7. There are six bars and one club to get you going, which are all very nicely done up – like posh top-of-the-range bars you might find in London (Most serve food as well).
What about the accommodation?
I lived in Park Wood for the first year, which I enjoyed very much – and a nice bonus was the weekly cleaners!
What do you think about the level of support in your studies?
Very good. As I said, all the lecturers have surgery hours to help students and if that fails you can always go and visit your personal tutor or the guys in the lab for design problems.
How do you think your studies will affect your employment prospects?
I think I would have a great advantage over somebody without a degree applying for a very technical job, as I am experienced in a wide range of areas.
What are you planning to do next?
I have been offered to stay another year for a Master’s top-up, which I was planning to do anyway!
Any advice for those thinking about taking this course?
Just go for it, attend the lectures, do your work and don’t spend all your money at the bar on Fresher’s Week!
"I think I would have a great advantage over somebody without a degree applying for a very technical job"
~ Danny Cranmer