Student profile
Alex Young

Alex Young

"The achievement I’m proudest of this year has been winning the Diamond Jubilee scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology."


Electronic Engineering with Space Systems

"The main reason I chose to come to Surrey was the quality of the space technology facilities and expertise here. No other university in the UK offers a comparable wealth of experience and opportunities in the space industry.

Although physics was my favourite subject at A level, I knew I wanted to study something more practical. Electronic Engineering appealed to me because it combined a rigorous understanding of physics with real world application. I’m particularly intrigued by space technology and recent achievements in the industry, so Electronic Engineering with Space Systems was a natural choice for me.

Since starting my degree I’ve particularly enjoyed moments when theory and practice are combined. Designing a circuit that behaved exactly as we predicted from the theory we’d just learned in the electronics module was a great feeling. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed the engineering science module because it fundamentally underpins everything we are learning. The academic staff on my programme are really approachable and offer weekly drop in sessions for students who want to talk to them about a particular aspect of the course content on a one-to-one basis.

When not studying there’s plenty to get involved in at Surrey. I’m a member of the Triathlon, Badminton, Band, and Electronics and Amateur Radio societies, which have been a great way of meeting like-minded people outside my course. I’ve found Surrey Sports Park very handy and have made good use of the facilities there, while it’s also great to be so close to Guildford town centre. Sometimes, it’s nice just to take a stroll with friends around the more picturesque parts of the campus to unwind.

The achievement I’m proudest of this year has been winning the Diamond Jubilee scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology – the professional body that accredits my course. This scholarship has opened up opportunities for me to network with people in the engineering industry, giving me a better idea of the kind of job roles I’d like to aim for after graduation.

My advice to potential Surrey students would be to come to at least one Open Day. I attended several and was able to ask lots of questions about life on campus, the course I was considering applying to, and the application process. The staff were very friendly and the students gave glowing reviews of their time here, cementing Surrey as the top choice for me."


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