Manufacturers urged to provide projects for Uni of Bolton students

The University of Bolton has joined forces with manufacturers' organisation EEF in an attempt to provide challenging projects for its students.

The University of Bolton and EEF are urging companies across the UK to provide the university’s students with challenging ‘real life’ mechanical and electrical engineering projects.

The scheme will see companies and second and third year students working together for seven months on selected engineering projects, giving students experience of ‘real world’ problem-solving, plus the chance to see how businesses operate.    

Projects starting in early October and running until April will be worked on in house by students using university facilities under the guidance of a team of experienced engineering specialists at no cost to participating companies.

Companies taking part would need to brief students initially on their project. There would then be a maximum of two further meetings with the students, which could be held via skype or video conferencing to help businesses based further afield.

Paul Clavell, Senior Engineering Lecturer at the University of Bolton, says: “This is a great opportunity for companies to forge strong links with us and to help shape and inspire our engineering students. This scheme will teach students skills that industry values and wants more of, so it’s well worth companies getting on board.

“The only thing we ask is that you make the project as challenging and real-to-life as possible so that students can get the most out of taking part.”

Earlier this year, first year students came 2nd out of eight teams in the final of a North-West Region Undergraduate Design Challenge, after designing and making a device that could climb up inside a 2.2 metre high tube while lifting an increasing load and then return to ground level as quickly as possible.

Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, added: “Eight in ten manufacturers want to see universities produce students with real experience and work-place skills, while 79% want courses to be designed to meet industry needs.

“This scheme helps to tick these boxes and is a great opportunity for companies to give the hands-on, practical experience that makes for more rounded, ‘work ready’ graduates.”