Baranby Ayriss

Barnaby Ayriss

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

I wished to study robotics, and Leeds provides the best course for this.

Why did you choose this particular course?

The course includes lots of practical experience, and from my research robotics engineers are one of the few engineers that continue to be physically involved even in industry.

What have been the best aspects of studying your course, and why?

The course is extremely varied and doesn't get bogged down in the details like studying a pure discipline. Mechatronics will teach you what you need to know to use a component, piece of maths or tool rather than that and its inner workings. My course mates have been great, all enthusiastic about creating things and helping each other through the course.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed on your course?

My second-year buggy project has been my favourite project so far. We were tasked to create a buggy in the vain of a Mars Rover. We had to design and manufacture the; chaise, wheels, suspension, drive system and control system. As the project manager, I got to dip my hand in all of these aspects making the project very varied.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

The nightlife is great, there's always somewhere to go with any kind of music you could want. I'm from London so even the expensive places in Leeds feel cheap. Its location is great for going on hikes or bouldering with the various societies or on your own group of friends.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I will be going on a year in industry after this academic year then returning to get my masters. After this, I plan to either carry on at my placement company for a few years or try my luck abroad.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Joining ShockSoc and helping to run the Robot Fighting League really taught me about managing a large event and unruly robots.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

You've made a good choice, but if you don't already know how to program learn some basics before you come. They teach you how to but it will save you a lot of time if you already know how.