Aditya Singhal, BEng Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry  

Being born in Delhi, a country known to be full of different cultures, I wanted to choose a place and a university which provides me with a more diverse culture. As my father always says, it's education and experience that counts.

Aditya SinghalI wanted to study in a place that will not only provide me with the best education but also provide an experience where I can meet and talk to different people, helping to give me a sense of confidence and a feeling of being at home. I think that's exactly what the University of Sheffield has provided me with. It not only offers one of the best Systems and Control courses in the world, but also a place that I can call home.

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at The University of Sheffield is highly rated in the UK. Also, the recent investment of £81million in The Diamond, making it one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the UK, was a big factor in making my decision to study here.

As they say, "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” I was lucky and fortunate enough to have been a part of the £2000 Excellence Scholarship Scheme by the University as a gesture of appreciation towards my hard-work and results in school.

Following in my father’s footsteps, someone who has always inspired me and works in the digital software industry, I am currently studying BEng Computer Systems Engineering with a year in Industry.

It’s an interdisciplinary course providing the knowledge and full set of skills that will allow me to thrive in whichever sector I decide to work in and that’s exactly what I wanted. The year in industry is one of the most popular course options as it provides an opportunity to work in the corporate environment with highly professional and motivated people.

Being a part of prestigious schemes, such as the’ International Engineering Ambassador’ and ‘Science and Engineering Champion’ has enabled me to enhance and showcase my skill-set. It has also helped in my personal development by providing a chance to interact and mix with people from different cultures and traditions.

Computing is becoming one of the biggest industries in the world, with almost everything linked up to a computer system. As Computer Systems are an ever increasing component of advanced engineering products from the latest smart phones to driverless cars, this degree prepares us for our future careers.

The course is designed in such a way that it also trains you in real-life applications. You will study a variety of skills needed in computer and software engineering, including; object oriented design, systems engineering and advanced hardware. Laboratory and professional skills are strongly integrated within the taught modules. Apart from the core modules, the course also includes an opportunity to carry out research of your choice for society as part of the ‘Global Engineering Challenge’ week.

Sheffield is the 4th largest city in the UK and is called a student town with more than 35,000-40,000 students. It creates a welcoming environment and makes a student like me, living far away from home, very comfortable. The city is surrounded by the countryside, and the Peak District is particularly popular among students for picnics and trips.

The university offers a high standard of accommodation and student facilities, including; the library which has great access to computer facilities, The Diamond and Information Commons which contain all the latest books, journals and updated software and there are a number of huge study spaces available as well. There is a plethora of cafes, restaurants, and food joints around the city too.