The rich academic environment and dynamic social atmosphere that Sheffield has to offer is truly exciting to be a part of

aanchal Bhagwat
Aanchal Bhagwat
MEng Architectural Engineering with a Year in Industry
Winner of an Undergraduate Merit Scholarship
The University of Sheffield experience combines world class teaching facilities with a lively social life which makes it an ideal choice for your degree.

How did you first hear about your scholarship?

I first heard about the scholarships through the University’s website and a University of Sheffield representative at an online university fair. I considered this scholarship an excellent opportunity for me to showcase my academic and extracurricular record and describe my future goals.

I was so overwhelmed with joy when I found out I had been awarded the scholarships that I immediately told my family who were just as excited and proud. I am truly honoured to have been given this opportunity to study my dream course at such a fantastic university. 

What made you choose to study at Sheffield and your course?

The idea of integrating the precision of engineering principles and functionality of design in the study of architectural engineering is what drew me to a career in this field. Engineering involves the manifestation of one’s creative vision into structures that improve people’s lives, which I find incredibly fulfilling.

Firstly, The University of Sheffield has a top ranked Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and Architecture and is a leading research university. Secondly, the annual Global Engineering Challenge would help me develop transferable skills and the year in industry is a great opportunity for me to better understand the applications of my theoretical learnings in an industrial context.  Lastly, being reputed in the UK for a fantastic Student Union, I looked forward to joining societies and having a balanced social life.

How did you research the University to find out about studying in Sheffield?

I found that Architectural Engineering is well ranked in the University of Sheffield when I researched general and course specific league tables which led me to the University’s official website. I found more information about my course, requirements, placement year, accommodation and student life on the website. 

What are you enjoying about your first semester?

The rich academic environment and dynamic social atmosphere that Sheffield has to offer is truly exciting to be a part of. I enjoy exploring serene landscapes around the city, attending society socials, having lectures and lab sessions with passionate faculty, being the first-year representative of the Women in Engineering society and spending time with friends around the city.

How has (or will) the scholarship benefit your studies?

The scholarships have been an incredible help to my family and I am beyond grateful to be studying my course at a university globally recognized for its Engineering Departments.

What advice would you give to a student considering studying at the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield experience combines world class teaching facilities with a lively social life which makes it an ideal choice for your degree. Performing lab experiments using professional equipment, learning from experts of different fields, taking part in activities and sports and joining societies are just a few of the many experiences you will be a part of so I guarantee that you will love your time here. If you need help at any point, don’t hesitate to reach out to the SU. Step outside your comfort zone and take the plunge, you won’t regret choosing Sheffield!

What do you hope to do in the future?

I plan on working towards being professionally qualified as a Chartered Engineer in the coming years. I am passionate about global environmental issues related to sustainability in buildings, depletion of energy resources and promotion of green design in architecture. I would also like to explore the field of engineering psychology that focuses on improving technology, equipment and work environments to enhance human capabilities. 

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