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Kingsley Ukabiala

Kingsley came from Nigeria to study BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Extended)

Kingsley Ukabiala

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Extended)

What made you decide to study at Teesside?

It has always been my dream to become an engineer, and to achieve this, I knew I had to go to university. Also my parents had aspirations for me, they wanted me to go to university. The dream of becoming a civil engineer began in my early adolescent life, I witnessed a road being built in my local community. I was inspired and ever since then, I wanted to be a civil engineer.

The international student satisfaction rankings and affordable cost of living at Teesside were very attractive. Teesside’s location is also great. It’s close to the seaside and in easy access of other landmarks. It is well-linked to industry, especially in the engineering sector. I benefitted from the links Teesside has with industry and took a summer placement with a local company, the experience was amazing.

What do you enjoy about the course?

Lectures are really practical with a focus on industry skills and the lecturers are pretty awesome too. Secondly the learning environment is great with very good facilities to support our learning. Finally, being a multi-cultural University, everyone gets to learn from each other’s cultures.

I loved the Hydraulics and Hydrology module because it deals with the basic properties of water at rest and in motion. Coming from a developing a country, it gave me insight to the need for more dams, bridges and pipelines to be constructed in the developing world.

I also really enjoyed Geotechnology and Materials because I learned about earth materials and their impact on civil engineering. Most of all it extended my knowledge of construction materials.
In 2015-16 I won the award for Best African student in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme from Cultures CIC (Community Interest Company). It boosted my confidence, gave me more assurance about my future and made me strive more to be an outstanding student and employee.

Tell us about student life at Teesside.

I was in university back home but nothing compares to the experience here. Teesside is an awesome learning environment, and offers incomparable service and a safe and friendly campus.

I have a good social life at Teesside, you can have a good night out, and it’s very affordable. I didn’t realise how fortunate I was to be in Middlesbrough until I travelled around big cities in the UK and saw how expensive it can be.

I am a student member of the Nigeria Society and regularly play football and squash.

Why did you apply to be a student ambassador?

I feel that I’m really friendly and approachable and I enjoy meeting new people so the ambassador role seemed like a good fit.

What kind of things do you get involved in?

All sorts! I work on the majority of open days, either meeting and greeting or taking students and their families on tours around the campus. I also work on the residential summer school which is great fun. You get to go on trips to places like Go Ape, bowling and the cinema – and get paid for it too!

What would you say to someone thinking about signing up to be an ambassador?

The only regret you’ll have is that you didn’t apply sooner.

Best thing about Teesside University?

The learning environment and the people here – there’s so many great people and it’s really friendly and supportive.