School of Science, Engineering & Design

Student views

Kris Rickman-Gilyeat

Kris secured a placement with an engineering company and applied the knowledge he learned during his first year to save the company money and introduce staff to new ways of working.

Kris Rickman-Gilyeat

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

'I chose Teesside because of its reputation for engineering. The University is well situated and the structure of the course is great.'

Why did you choose to study at Teesside?

I chose Teesside because of its reputation for engineering. The University is well situated and the structure of the course is great.

Did you take an industrial placement?

I found myself a job with an engineering company that produces machinery for the food and packaging industry.

The company had recently installed SolidWorks on several of their CAD machines and after a short period of time I found that my modelling skills where equal to the standard of the current employees. I was set the task of creating “smart models” (complicated assemblies linked with equations). The company was originally going to subcontract this task at great expense, but having learnt the basics of using equations and with some forward thinking, I was able to create these models, and then share the technique with my colleagues allowing them to also create these models in the future.

What do you particularly enjoy about Teesside University?

The campus is nice, the Students' Union is great and I have found most people to be friendly.

Teesside Unversity is close to a variety of beautiful countryside and coastal villages superb for mountain biking, which is a passion of mine.

What did you enjoy about the course?

The staff are friendly, open minded and patient - they are always there to help and point you in the right direction.

What was your favourite module?

Group Design Project (Year one)
The teaching on this module was excellent, and you get a real industrial view. You're given the freedom to work on the Group Design project in your own way and to practise what you are taught during the intensive week. You're not spoon-fed information, and this has really helped me develop my research and decision-making skills.