Platform to support the development of students and the growth of local businesses

Ulster University | Northern Ireland

Platform to support the development of students and the growth of local businesses

Ulster University

Case Study

Ulster University uses Solid Edge as a platform to support the development of students and the growth of local businesses

Ulster University

Through the use of Solid Edge, students gain valuable skills that enhance their employability and enable them to contribute to industrial innovation

Combining academic rigor with industrial experience

“Students who have been on placement are much more aware of the needs of industry, and have a rounded and informed perspective that really benefits their future careers.” That’s the verdict of Dr. Desmond Brown, senior lecturer in CAD (Computer-Aided Design) in the School of Engineering at Ulster University, where all engineering students undertake an industrial placement in their third year. The university has a strong vocational ethos and a solid reputation for enabling students to put their design and technology skills into practice within a real-world environment.

According to Brown, the experience that students gain through placement adds to their employability. He cites one example where a student, during placement, was put in charge of all 3D CAD within a local company. This approach is not only of benefit to students, it is making a difference to local companies. “Every industry sector needs CAD technology and the skills are in demand,” continues Brown. In addition to supplying such skills through its students, the university provides additional expertise and guidance through consultancy, and this supports industrial innovation across Northern Ireland and beyond.