Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Soteris Eliades
Course: Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)
Level: final year
"I am currently in my final year of Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons). Although my course started as a foundation year in aerospace engineering as did my first year, I pursued to change my degree. The reason was that I found mechanical engineering more compelling and the opportunity to make the change on the second year was inevitable. I selected Kingston over other universities because of the way of life and the position of the city in general, as well as the academic aspect with many societies and programmes going on in the engineering, science and computing faculty. I grew to love Kingston and and I would imagine myself even living here.
Mechanical engineering is a huge area of the industry with jobs varying from manufacturing to management positions and from energy to design. I believe engineers are in general very creative individuals and that is applied on the design aspect and problem solving nature of the course. Also since the course is demanding it teaches you a lot about time management and responsibility towards life in general. It has been a life-changing experience from me especially because my background was more based on arts and economics, but the course gave me the opportunity to grow my knowledge as well as myself.
The best part of the course is the design modules where you learn a lot about what actually goes into the designing of everything we use regularly. It also gives you the experience of the industry since all the programs are used in the industry, so this helps you familiarise with the standards and gives a head start for job hunting in the future. The University itself has some amazing and one-of-a-kind machines and they keep pace with while they emphasise strongly on preparing you for the industry.
I am currently the vice president of the Greek Society and a faculty specialist and I think getting involved is one of the most exciting experiences in the university life. My first three years I was not involved at all in the University other than my course, but I strongly encourage everyone to do it. It is a life experience and sometimes someone can gain more from getting involved in extracurricular activities than the actual course. The University has 100 societies which makes it easy to have a fun and productive university life.
I believe the course gives an outstanding amount of opportunities if someone is willing to put the effort, and can be a real life-changing experience."