"I can honestly say that University of Plymouth gave me the time of my life. The University is in an excellent location right in the city centre, and Plymouth is a lively city with lots going on, from all sorts of cultural events to the latest water sports facilities. The south-west of England has a very chilled-out lifestyle and, as an international student, I felt very welcome.
Brought up in Spain, my first visit to Plymouth was as an exchange student to finish my electronics degree. It was during this exchange that I heard about the composite materials degree. I had always been interested in materials science and the course had a very good reputation throughout Europe, as did the University. So, staying at Plymouth was a simple choice.
The course gave me a great insight into what industry would be like: solving real case studies, designing and manufacturing advanced materials and analysing them with state-of-the-art equipment.
After graduation I was lucky enough to get involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)* between the University and Parker Hannifin, working as a Research and Development Engineer. One of my responsibilities was selecting the right materials for special applications, for example high-performance stainless steels and superalloys that are able to cope in highly corrosive environments such as offshore oil rigs.
Following my successful completion of the KTP, I was offered a position with Parker Hannifin as an Innovation Engineer and Innovation Coordinator. I am also very proud to be the third woman in my family to go into engineering."
*Knowledge Transfer Partnerships give qualified graduates the opportunity to work in companies to manage projects central to the development needs of that company.