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I decided to come to the University of Birmingham primarily due to its location. It’s very
convenient for me seeing as I live nearby to come off the train and straight into the
department. On top of that I find that the actual atmosphere inside the department is
very friendly and very approachable. Lecturers are willing to talk to you and solve any problems
The department is well-established and well-known within industry so it’s good for employers.
The academic staff here are mostly world-leading or UK-leading. The course is accredited with
the Institute of Chemical Engineers which is very important for becoming a Chartered
The open plan atrium means that it’s very easy to socialise with other year groups and
meet even postgrad reps to undergraduates so it’s a very nice department, a very nice
layout, which means that it’s a very nice feeling for me to actually be in the department
where I find myself happy to be here.
Outside of the department I really like the campus, it feels quite tight-knit, it’s
really beautiful so lovely views in the morning to wake you up for lectures and I really like
that the Halls of Residence are quite close and again, the students live in such a close
tight-knit community, even though there's thousands of them. The social side of Chemical
Engineering at Birmingham is very lively. There’s about 80 to 100 people per year
and there’s four years, undergraduate and there’s also postgraduate students, so most
events that we run are quite busy with up to 150 students attending. Examples of events
that we run is the Christmas Ball. This Ball is heavily sponsored by Exxon Mobil so it
reduces the price of our ticket and gives us good entertainment.
There are a lot of options available regarding what you want to take part in. It’s a very
friendly atmosphere where you can either start up your own society such as I started a Dodgeball
tournament with the Halls of Residence as well as the departmental students. Now it
was very easy to set this up and I find there are a lot of options available whether you
want to start a society or whether you want to take part in a society.
We also run an industrial dinner which is very popular. We have between 15 to 20 companies
attending this and it’s really useful because you choose which company you’d like to sit
with and then you get to talk to the people that are most likely going to interview you
when you apply for a job with them. Myself, I attended a couple of years ago and got a
job from it working for Pepsi-Co so I met the person that then subsequently interviewed