Education

Dream bigger, work harder

Abhishek’s experience at the University of Sheffield was enhanced by his work on real-life industrial projects

I grew up in Kolkata and moved to the U.K. in 2015 to pursue higher studies. The University of Sheffield was my first choice because of its highly ranked engineering departments. It was the only U.K. university to offer a significant scholarship for Indian undergraduates which also influenced my decision. I was awarded their India Undergraduate Merit Scholarship for my academic achievements and all round performance at school. This motivated me to work harder, dream bigger, and set higher goals.

Theory and practice

I am currently pursuing an M.Eng with a year in Industry in electronic and electrical engineering. This degree covers a wide range of topics such as analog electronics, digital electronics, software design, and photonics. The course is delivered through traditional lectures, problem-solving classes where we consolidate the concepts learnt in lectures, and lab sessions. We get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art hardware and software. Lecturers in the department are always available to support challenges that students face, be it technical or pastoral.

The university has an elaborate range of resources available to assist students’ learning. I have had the chance to participate in activities such as sports, volunteering, and organising events. All students on my programme are required to complete the Sheffield Industrial Project Scheme, where we worked in a team and collaborated with a company to solve a problem for them. My team worked with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to provide solutions for one of their manufacturing issues. It not only enhanced my technical skills but also gave me invaluable experience, working on a real-life industrial project. The degree has been designed to ensure that we work on many projects throughout our course to fully understand how to apply the knowledge that we gain in lectures.

The international student community is strong and well-integrated, and the university works hard to keep international students happy by promoting various societies and their cultural events.

I am currently on a year-long placement at Rolls-Royce Control Systems, working in electronic test engineering. I was assisted by the Engineering Placement Team who helped me through every step of an intensive recruitment process. From placement fairs to mock interviews, there was help whenever I required it, from them and from the University Careers Service.

The city of Sheffield turned out to be welcoming and the people’s warmth made it easier for me to settle in. The city is surrounded by the countryside, and the Peak District is particularly popular among students for picnics and trips. There is a plethora of quaint cafes, restaurants, and food joints around the city too.

Abhishek Ray is pursuing his M.Eng with a year in industry in electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Sheffield, the U.K.

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