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Filippo Fragapane

School: St. George's British International School, Italy

When I first visited Warwick, seeing this wonderful modern campus placed in the middle of a beautiful landscape, I had the clear impression that it was a fast growing, dynamic University set out to accomplish its ambitious goals.

For a young student with a passion for sciences and problem solving without a clear focus of interest, the Engineering course was just what I was looking for. It allowed me to keep learning a wide range of modules, including even Spanish!, without being constrained to a particular rigid pattern. I have come out of Warwick with a specialisation in Mechanical Engineering with focus on a variety of subjects without ever having to take a module I did not enjoy.

I went out to continue my studies further into different fields to discover that this broad and sound education had prepared me for far more than just Engineering. This degree has taught me skills I am applying while working the interior object design industry and I am currently relocating to the renewable energy industry confident from the transferable skills and strong reputation acquired from studying in this exceptional University.

The engineering department has provided me with exciting opportunities and especially, the professional dedication of extremely friendly academic staff, surprising me with the ease with which I identified myself in this outstanding reality. I will always look back at my time in Warwick with nostalgia, having some of my best memories and friends attached to that place. My only regret is that the experience was over too soon. If you have the chance to study there, make sure you enjoy every moment!

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Jonathan Lines

School: Marlborough School, Woodstock

When it came to selecting a University I found it very difficult to differentiate between them on the basis of a short visit. In the end I chose Warwick because of the friendly nature of the campus and the reputation of the course.

My first impressions on arriving at Warwick were all very positive. The Students Union was lively and I found it easy to become involved with the many events and societies. I later became the secretary of the Autosport society which arranges visits to race meetings, karting and marshalling for such events as the Network Q Rally (cold but fun!).

I chose to pursue an MEng course as it is well accepted by employers and includes a group project. My group developed a robot for clearing anti-personnel mines in third world countries, this was an excellent opportunity to practice what we had been taught and develop our team skills. I would recommend this to anyone, as it is excellent experience and great fun!

I am now a Design Engineer at GKN Westland Helicopters specialising in the design, installation, testing and qualification of the undercarriage for Merlin, Lynx and Apache aircraft. This is at the cutting edge of the aerospace industry and my degree at Warwick has given me a comprehensive and valuable foundation for my work.

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Mick Prince

I joined the EDAT (now MEng Mechanical Engineering with Appropriate Technology - Ed.) course in 1992. As a 22 year old, fresh from working on an organic farm, my choice of course was driven by the desire to study engineering design in an environment which prioritised my other interests ? renewable energy and technologies to benefit poorer countries.

EDAT was unique in offering this combination. The engineering aspect of the course was first class, whilst the mix of students was an education in itself. There was also the opportunity to travel, with work in Nepal and Ghana.

Alongside EDAT is a research group, called the Development Technology Unit (DTU) which enables students to become involved in projects around the world ranging from rainwater harvesting to animal cart design. In 1995, DTU members established an independent charity called the Development Technology Workshop (DTW). I joined DTW in late 1996, after working for a company specialising in the control of pollution from landfill sites. The DTW was dealing with rather different contamination ? that from landmines.

I moved the DTW to Cambodia in 2000 where its main activity, jointly with a Khmer-owned workshop, is now the manufacture of the ?Tempest? - a remote-controlled machine to clear vegetation and trip-wires in minefields. 12 Tempest machines are in use in SE Asia and the Balkans. As a natural progression from our policy of employing disabled people, we have recently entered the field of equipment for the disabled. We plan to diversify further into water and energy supply. Whatever direction we take, the grounding and network of colleagues provided by EDAT will prove invaluable.

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Marcus Stott

School: Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

My first impressions of Warwick were very positive. The open day was well organised and the staff and students were helpful and friendly. The first thing they did was to take our parents away on a separate tour!

I now work as a Body in White (BIW) Project Engineer within the Automotive Engineering Sector of FFT-UK and I know from experience that engineers need to be extremely multi-skilled. The scope of the course and the ability to take a wide range of subjects, were some of the reasons that I chose Warwick.

I recommend that undergraduates take languages with their degree, as this adds an interesting edge to a science-based course and gives the opportunity to broaden horizons by studying or working abroad.

I enjoyed an excellent social life at Warwick and the Students' Union offered a really good environment to kick back in. I was involved in the first UK University break-dance-WBKD), designing the logo and joining in public demonstrations! In my last year I fulfilled an ambition to try gliding, I was really excited to take to the sky and, having studied an aerodynamics module, was keen to test my understanding of flight theory!

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Stephen Turner

My name is Stephen Turner and at the age of 34, I was classified as a mature student! Before coming to Warwick, I had a range of jobs which included working for a local authority, and as an operator of CNC machinery.

I completed a four-year degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology (now Mechanical Engineering and Appropriate Technology - Ed.). I spent my third year studying at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

As a mature student, I had little problem with acclimatising to student life, apart from the gap since leaving technical college at 18 which meant that I had difficulties in readjusting to essay writing again. The age gap between the majority of students on the course and myself did not pose any problems, in fact hearing the points of view from a cross-section of students often added to my understanding of the course.

The EDAT course has a 'hands-on' approach to engineering and this suited me well as it allowed me to apply skills that I had acquired at work. Combining theory with practical studies made the course more interesting and useful for future employment prospects. The course also gave me an opportunity to live and study abroad which I enjoyed and I hope to work abroad in the future.