Audrey Valreau

During my three years studying Aerospace I have taken part in many group projects, including the design and build of a boomerang, water rocket, design of a commercial aircraft and space-based power station.

Choosing a degree

I have always been interested in space-related subjects, including space transport and propulsion, so Aerospace Engineering seemed like the perfect degree for me. Manchester is one of the most respected universities in the UK, and its Aerospace Engineering course is well known in industry, which is why I applied for this course.

Students and staff

At Manchester, emphasis is put on communication between staff and students. I have now been a Student Representative for my peers for two years. Meeting with the academic board along with representatives from other years really showed me that lecturers and directors are here to listen and help, and are keen on working alongside the students to make the Aerospace course as enjoyable and productive as possible.

About the course

During my three years studying Aerospace I have taken part in many group projects, including the design and build of a boomerang, water rocket, design of a commercial aircraft and space-based power station. These have all been very good experiences, allowing me to interact with many different students from the course, as well as gradually introducing me to industry-styled projects (presentations, specific role attribution, tradeshows etc.)

I am currently undertaking a personal project, concerned with the performance analysis of a radio-frequency plasma microthruster for nanosatellites. This project allowed me to concentrate on the area that I am really interested in, and in which I would like to work in the future.

Peer support

Taking part in the Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) first as a student (year 1), then leader (year 2), and now coordinator (years 3 and 4) has allowed me to get to know students from every year. The PASS Scheme this year has been extremely successful so far, achieving record attendance and interest.

Students are interacting more and more, not only in Aerospace but between schemes as well. By being involved in PASS, I had the opportunity to work with students from Mechanical and Civil Engineering in order to make the three schemes interact from the very first year in university, which I thought was a very useful aim.

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