School of Computing and Engineering

Students get a hands-on taste of computing and engineering

Our recent  School of Computing and Engineering taster day gave sixth form and college students a hands-on experience of what it is like to study our Computing and Engineering courses at the University of West London.

The day began with an introduction to the School and the course offering by the head of school Amir Alani, followed by a presentation from our Career’s team regarding what career opportunities are open to students who study with us, including our support after graduation.

During the morning computing workshops the students participated in an Android app development simulation, before going on to learn about management side of IT offered in our IT Management in Business (ITMB) degree.  After lunch the students were challenged to be creative with a competition to design and build a bridge out of KNEX that could theoretically span over the river Thames. 

‘I learnt how to build sturdy towers and found out about the different engineering.’ (Taster day student)

The afternoon was then divided into two interactive workshops across some of our engineering course areas:  civil and environmental engineering and electrical and electronic engineering.

Later in the afternoon electrical and electronic engineering lecturers led the students through a lab building task utilising electronic synthesizers. The day finished with a civil and environmental engineering workshop in our hydraulics lab where students tested the visualisation of seepage flows in sheet pile.

The students were enthusiastic throughout the workshops and had fun learning about all that the University can offer.

‘We learnt about different courses being offered and different facilities UWL is providing as well.’ (Taster day student)

Student working on building a KNEX bridge