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Here are just a few of our alumni success stories.

Suzanne Venables-Wood

Before starting her studies in Management of Manufacturing Systems, Suzanne Venables-Wood had already gained invaluable experience on placements with three different companies. Her preparation paid off, as she gained the highest grade averages in her year, received the highest mark for her final-year project and was awarded the PTC Prize for Engineering.

She graduated with First Class Honours, registered as an Engineering Technician and joined the council of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. She has also become a Science and Engineering Ambassador with STEMNET, the national network which encourages young people to choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers.

Suzanne continues to visit the University to inspire and encourage our current students, and is also a member of IET’s Manufacturing Professional Network. She is now pursuing professional chartered status with the IET as well as embarking on a Master’s degree.

Mike Beese

Joining Kingswinford-based Westfield Sportscars while still a student, Mike Beese became part of a three-man team using the skills learnt on his Computer Aided Design Course to help design a chassis for a new electric race-car.

Mike designed the battery housing and was also responsible for locating the electric motor and controller to optimise power-delivery to the wheels, while continuing to achieve good weight distribution. The resulting design, complete with 75kW power motor, made its debut at the Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham in 2008.

Mike has now been recruited by Walsall-based Macneillie, a leading specialist vehicle conversions company
. Its 350 staff supply individually tailored vehicles to police forces, ambulance and fire services, as well as building a wide range of military and armoured vehicles for home and growing overseas markets.

Steve Bourne

Design engineer Steve Bourne is just one of our many Mechanical Engineering graduates whose careers have been jump-started thanks to a part-time degree. Steve, who works for global space industry leader EADS Astrium in Hertfordshire, achieved a First Class Honours degree.

He says: “The University appeared well organised and the course well structured. Lecturers showed a genuine interest in my career.”

His international aerospace employer had already recognised Steve’s potential and he was given responsibility for mechanical ground support equipment and tooling design. He chose the degree course to further his career in order to become a fully chartered engineer. He found most of the degree modules he studied related directly to his job, enabling him both to undertake greater responsibility and make informed engineering decisions.

Steve has now been given a new engineering quality role in the division responsible for spacecraft design and manufacture. His next step is to pursue a postgraduate degree.