I decided that Aston was the university for me when I attended an Open Day. Of all the institutes I visited Aston University had the warmest, friendliest atmosphere and was very well situated within the city. The fact that Aston was smaller than many other universities was a welcome factor. It felt like each student counted as an individual. I found that the course was not confined to the lecture theatre, but gave ample opportunities to sample the practical side of engineering.
I did my industrial placement with BP Oil Ltd, which not only improved my current skills, but also enhanced my CV a great deal. One thing I have noticed since graduating is that an engineering degree from Aston seems to impress people. I am now part of the Aston European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), evaluating the potential of marine biomass as a source of energy, as well as how ammonia can be made from biomass instead of fossil fuels.