The opportunities presented when studying are incredible

William Jones
Will Jones
Postgraduate taught student
Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Management MSc
Will Jones is a Postgraduate student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering studying towards his Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Management.

Why did you choose mechanical engineering?

Having completed my undergraduate degree in Sheffield and also working here, I needed something local and convenient – so choosing the University of Sheffield made sense. I wanted to complete my masters degree now before I get too involved with work and while I have a bit more time.


My experience in Sheffield over the last 5 years has massively developed me as a person; no longer as quiet and shy as I was, I have become much more confident at tackling the various challenges thrown at me.

Will Jones

MSc Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Management


What do you particularly enjoy about Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering teaches you how to think, it conditions the mind to solve problems.

This can be applied to many industries all over the world. The opportunities presented when studying an engineering degree are incredible and keeps the future open and exciting.

Tell us about being a student here. What is a typical week like for you?

A typical week for me is very busy. I work around university, so I end up coming and going to and from the office a lot. I have to work in and around university slots which sometimes means finding time to study and the occasional late night in the library.

With good planning and time management, it is still possible to have a social life and get out. At weekends I’m normally off into the Peaks or out with friends.

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

Sheffield feels great. It’s a city with the feel of a large town; it’s friendly, inviting with unique little nooks all over. There’s always something on and something to do – life in Sheffield is never dull or boring.

Can you tell us a bit more about your project and what you are working on?

My project looks at simulating blood flow through a blocked artery. The project investigates the fluid properties through this region and compares the results of various experimental and numerical simulations.

What are your plans for after graduation? How do you think your degree experience will help you in your career?

I’ve decided to leave Sheffield and the UK in September and move to Australia for a year. I’m looking for engineering work over there, so naturally having the engineering degree helps.

My experience in Sheffield over the last 5 years has massively developed me as a person; no longer as quiet and shy as I was, I have become much more confident at tackling the various challenges thrown at me.

Do you have any top tips for students thinking about studying Mechanical Engineering in Sheffield?

Don’t take anything too seriously; whilst university is incredibly stressful, there is a life outside and a life to be enjoyed. With good time management and organisation, university can be made less stressful allowing you to enjoy your free time more.

Also, make international friends so you’ve got free places to stay if you travel – then invite yourself round for tea!

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