This year saw the launch of the Industrial Lecture Series within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Students had the fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the working lives of alumni and industrial partners of Oxford Brookes. The eight-part Industrial Lecture Series welcomed speakers to talk to students about their own careers and the opportunities available to students during their studies and once they graduate.

Brookes Industrial Lecture Series

Dr Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, said “The series is outside the normal module environment and so students are encouraged to enjoy the opportunity to ask probing questions and explore their discipline without the ‘threat of an exam’. Many of the lectures are given by Alumni and so provide good examples of the success of our programmes of study”.

We had a brilliant range of speakers who worked for companies such as Honda, NT CadCam and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Students found the series an extremely valuable experience, two of which went to thank organiser Andrew Bradley personally for the effect the talks had on their career – one having secured a graduate job and the other an industrial placement with companies that came to present.

Andrew Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Motorsport/Automotive Engineering Design, commented on the series “Many students have said the talks have encouraged them to look at opportunities in industries they previously hadn’t considered as a result of the interesting work the speakers have been involved in. The series has enabled students to get feedback on what employers are looking for in an applicant and it has also been a great networking opportunity for both students and employers alike”.

We would like to encourage speakers from industries relating to Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to come in to tell the students about their careers, interesting projects they may have worked on and any employment opportunities that may be available.

More information on the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.