Student profile

Aimée Conway

"Securing an Institute of Civil Engineering Scholarship and the experiences it offered me, plus the quality of teaching and the facilities on offer, made Surrey the place I wanted to study."

Entry year


Choosing Surrey

After attending an open day at the University, I liked the way the team presented the course I was considering. I got a good understanding of the degree and the extracurricular activities on offer, and I loved the atmosphere around the campus, too.

Securing an Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) Scholarship and the experiences it offered me, plus the quality of teaching and the facilities on offer, made Surrey the place I wanted to study.

My course

After completing work experiences with engineering companies, I realised I enjoyed the subject and I knew civil engineering was my career choice.

I particularly liked the structural design element of the course. I like to create and build things, so this appealed as a career. In fact, my best moment so far is the construction of a model bridge made from cardboard. The project still had to have all the construction elements such as weight-to-strength criteria.

Foundation Year

I completed a Foundation Year and that was a good introduction to university life. It consolidated content from my A-levels and provided any extra tuition I needed before starting the degree.

It helped me settle into university life before starting the full course, while bridging the gap between A-level and the degree. It provided me with an opportunity to understand the quality and the quantity of work needed at university, too, which is something you don’t get from your school days.

Life at Surrey

I love being at Surrey. There’s so much on offer with societies, clubs and things to do around Guildford. The local area has lovely places to walk and lots of nice shops, most within easy access of the University.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it hasn’t always been easy this academic year, but I did manage to join the Rowing Club and be part of the Concert Band.

I’ve lived in Band D student accommodation in Manor Park for the last two years. The flats are in good condition and the shared kitchen is regularly cleaned. There’s also good access to bus links, local supermarkets and Surrey Sports Park.

The future

I hope after the Covid-19 restrictions are over, we can get back to meeting the teaching staff, fellow students and return to enjoying student life before it ends.

I’m lucky to have an ICE Scholarship with engineering company Waterman Group, which hopefully should give me access to starting my career in civil engineering. I’d like to focus on structural engineering after completing my degree.

Learn more about studying in our Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.