School of Science, Engineering & Design

Student views

Steven Harvey

Steven never planned on doing a degree, but his drive to develop professionally led him to university.

Steven Harvey

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

'When I started my apprenticeship eight years ago I never envisaged doing a degree, but fast forward to the present day and I’m now completing my degree – I feel really proud of what I have achieved.'

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I was already working in the industry and wanted to develop professionally, so I decided to study for my degree part-time. Teesside is one of the only universities in the North East to deliver the course on a part-time basis. Also, this course will enable me to develop and gain my professional membership with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

What’s your course like?

I really enjoy developing my academic skills alongside the practical skills I gain at work. It’s really helped my all-round development. My favourite module has been Hydraulics and Hydrology because it’s the module most closely related to my current work in carrying out drainage design and flood alleviation schemes. I improved my knowledge around the subject and learned about areas that I hadn’t covered in the workplace. This gave me a greater understanding of some of the schemes I’ve been involved in and also allowed me to bring a greater depth of knowledge to future projects.

How have you found studying alongside work?

Completing the degree has not been without its challenges and for me the biggest one was finding the time to complete coursework and revision around my full-time job. But the quality of teaching and information provided by the lecturers has really helped my learning and supported me through my course.

What does your current role involve?

I’m currently working as an assistant engineer for Capita. My day-to-day job involves carrying out highway and drainage design work around various site in the North East of England. I have also been seconded part time to the Environment Agency to carry out a site supervisor role as part of their flood asset recovery programme based in Leeds. Working on a large range of jobs with various clients constantly provides new challenges. I enjoy the creativity required when designing a scheme to fit in with the surrounding environment.

Has your time at Teesside helped you to achieve or get closer to your goals?

Although I was already employed, this course has helped me progress within my role at the company. The knowledge I’ve developed allows me to gain a more detailed understanding of problems that occur on site, and it’s also given me the ability to find solutions to problems.

Would you recommend Teesside University to others?

I would definitely recommend the University and course to both part-time and full-time students. When I started my apprenticeship eight years ago I never envisaged doing a degree, but fast forward to the present day and I’m now completing my degree – I feel really proud of what I have achieved in my career so far.