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Stephen Mounser

Stephen is an Industrial Designer at Howdens Joinery

Stephen  Mounser

BA (Hons) Product Design

I felt the course offered great value compared to other universities. We got a lot of staff and financial support.

How did University help you prepare for your career?

The course treated the degree like a 9-5 job, as opposed to other courses that only require a few hours of lectures a week – it was great preparation for working life.

The lecturer’s feedback was constructive and always honest about my work, never holding back. Live projects were a great insight into how real businesses and clients view your work and what they expect from designers – some offered great placement opportunities.

What are your ambitions for the future?

In the short-term I want to develop my product knowledge, progressing to leading my own design team. In the long-term I would move onto a more creative role or I could even look into owning my own business.

What did you enjoy most about Teesside?

Where do I start? The facilities were great, the lecturers had an approachable open door policy and I’ve made lifelong friends from my course mates.

Teesside is much more affordable, allowing me to spend more time socialising, and the uni campus made it easy to meet new people.

The best thing about Teesside has to be the people.

Would you recommend your course?

Definitely! I felt the course offered great value compared to other universities. We got a lot of staff and financial support.

Tell us about your career since graduation

During my master’s I was a product designer for New Boosbeck Industries. After graduation I accepted a position at Howdens Joinery, working up from a graduate position to an industrial designer.