Engineering Opportunities

Here are some engineering opportunities to look out for:

  • Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) scholarships and awards (£500 to £10,000)
  • Small piece trust engineering courses
  • Big bang fair and  big bang engineering and science competitions (for next year)
  • Nuffield research placements
  • Royal institution membership (organise public events on technology and engineering)
  • Year in industry -EDT, work placements, for after A-levels and undergraduates
  • Villier’s park, apply online, new engineering course on the sustainable environment in May
  • Apprenticeship recruitment open days at RAL, Feb 21st and 22nd
  • Deadline for registration for ‘I’m an Engineer’, 29th March (to ask engineers questions)
  • For more information talk to me or Mrs. Barclay

-Sara 🙂

Race Car Visit

Eng soc, in collaboration with PhySoc, (shout out to Alexander, Sam and Max ;)) managed to organise a thrilling event: a race car, wheeled into the school hall!

After copious amounts of organisation, we were able to invite back the former Borlasian Andrew Evans! We hosted Andrew, and two of his team members, who very generously brought ‘UB 20’, the twentieth generation of the university’s formula student racing car, to present to us from the University of Birmingham. After displaying it in the hall it was encouraging to see such an impressive number of younger students interested.
Their presentation also looked at engineering feats, such as the aerodynamics, which provided sufficient downward force, and the integration of the Yamaha motorbike engine. Another exciting prospect for the twenty first car is using carbon fibre for the wheels (in order to make it significantly lighter).
Birmingham were one of the first UK universities to import the Formula Student project from the USA, twenty years ago. It has since become a major UK competition, in which many Universities compete. Teams build a car to compete in four types of dynamic testing – including the 22 km ‘endurance’ race – as well as justifying their design decisions, expenditure etc. and pitching the ‘prototype’ to a panel of judges.

-Sara 🙂


Hi guys!

For our first presentation, we introduced ourselves and some engineering opportunities (like the Big Bang Fair which I recently found I was in the final for).

I also fortified the presentation with some news about Space X launching their new rocket, as well as the exciting collaboration of Toyota and Mazda. This could provide hybrid vehicles, with Mazda’s rotary engine as a range extender and the possibility to use cheaper batteries. The rotary engine is quiet, compact and has the ability to add more rotors. They have also combined this to make a driverless pod to deliver pizzas and the like! (Which Black Mirror ominously tweeted ‘ we know how this ends’ in response…)

Louis and Matt also presented an interesting engineering idea to maximise space on aeroplanes (but at what cost?), as well as updates on Trump’s wall!

-Sara 🙂