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News: Engi­neer­ing stu­dents work in col­lab­o­ra­tion to pro­duce acces­si­ble bench.

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Our engi­neer­ing stu­dents are work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Canal and Riv­er Trust and The Stroke Asso­ci­a­tion to design and install an acces­si­ble bench on the canal tow­path in Nottingham.

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The Canal and Riv­er Trust are under­tak­ing a project replac­ing sev­er­al bench­es on local tow­paths and invit­ed local com­mu­ni­ty groups and organ­i­sa­tions to design a bench that will reflect and ben­e­fit them. The Stroke Asso­ci­a­tion, togeth­er with stroke sur­vivors designed sev­er­al pro­to­types before approach­ing the col­lege and ask­ing for sup­port in mak­ing their ideas a reality.

A key com­po­nent of our cours­es is pro­vid­ing real indus­try expe­ri­ence to our stu­dents, who from the start of their stud­ies begin learn­ing the skills they need for careers in their cho­sen fields. Our stu­dents, along with staff from our Engi­neer­ing depart­ment have been work­ing in our Engi­neer­ing Cen­tre of Excel­lence at our High­fields Cam­pus, pro­duc­ing 3D print­ed con­cepts of the designs, and are work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with stroke sur­vivors to bring their visions of an acces­si­ble bench to life.

First year stu­dent Ran­dall and sec­ond year stu­dent Reuben have been involved in the project from the start and have enjoyed the expe­ri­ence of work­ing on a live brief, putting their skills into prac­tice, and work­ing on a project that will ben­e­fit the local community.

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Work­ing on this project has been a lot of fun. I am enjoy­ing hav­ing the chance to work with organ­i­sa­tions out­side of the col­lege to pro­duce some­thing that will be used with­in the local com­mu­ni­ty. It’s great to reg­u­lar­ly be able to put every­thing I am learn­ing into prac­tice, espe­cial­ly using design soft­ware and being in the workshops. 

 — Ran­dall Mag­gs — 1st year Engi­neer­ing student.
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Work­ing on this live brief has been a very eye-open­ing expe­ri­ence. The need for the bench to be acces­si­ble has allowed us to work togeth­er on a chal­leng­ing project and bring a design to life that will be made to ben­e­fit and help others. 

 — Reuben Tolenti­no — 2nd year Engi­neer­ing student.

Vel­ma Hamil­ton Stroke Engage­ment Offi­cer for the Mid­lands said It’s been fan­tas­tic work­ing with Canal and Riv­er Trust & Not­ting­ham Col­lege to help stroke sur­vivors lend their Stroke Voice and art tal­ents to this bench project. One in five peo­ple will have a stroke in their life­time. Stroke hap­pens in the brain, the con­trol cen­tre for who we are and what we can do. Every stroke is unique because the brain is so com­plex, and stroke can hap­pen in any part of it. This means there are as many dif­fer­ent impacts of stroke as there are stroke sur­vivors, so this bench will not only raise aware­ness on stroke but help the com­mu­ni­ty under­stand the effects of stroke.’

The Col­lege is con­tin­u­ing to work with The Canal and Riv­er Trust and The Stroke Asso­ci­a­tion over the com­ing months. Our stu­dents will be pro­duc­ing the bench which will be installed by the Canal and Riv­er Trust on a City Cen­tre tow­path in July 2022.

Engineering courses at Nottingham College

It’s British Sci­ence Week 11 – 20 March, a 10-day cel­e­bra­tion of sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing and maths (STEM).

With ris­ing indus­try demand for sci­en­tif­ic skills, plus increas­ing pub­lic inter­est in the world around us and how to pro­tect it for the future, choos­ing a sci­ence course real­ly can open up a mas­sive range of excit­ing career options.

If you enjoy fig­ur­ing out how things work and have a curi­ous mind, an engi­neer­ing course could be just what you’re look­ing for.

Our Engi­neer­ing Cen­tre of Excel­lence at High­fields Sci­ence Park offers large work­shops with indus­try-stan­dard equip­ment for a range of engi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines, includ­ing milling and turn­ing (CNC and man­u­al), plus electrical/​electronic engi­neer­ing, incor­po­rat­ing the lat­est Pro­gram­ma­ble Log­ic Con­troller and robot­ics train­ing rigs. Class­room tech­nol­o­gy includes Auto­CAD (Com­put­er Aid­ed Design) and Sol­id Works design pack­ages. We have also invest­ed in 3D print­ing and scan­ning technology.

We offer you a clear pro­gres­sion route on your jour­ney to become a qual­i­fied engi­neer in one of 18 sec­tor areas, with sup­port from staff who have indus­try expe­ri­ence in their spe­cial­ist area.

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  • 15th March 2022 (12:00 AM)
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