Jane Eccles

Jane Eccles

Why did you decide to study MEng, BEng Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds?

At sixth form I really enjoyed studying maths and biology and medical engineering was a great way to combine these two interests. With the course being purely mechanical for the first two years, it gave me a strong basis to apply for a wide variety of placements and jobs and I was not just restricted to Medical specific opportunities.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

My favourite part of the course so far has been the 'Bioarm project'. It was a great way to see how a product is developed right through from first concepts to manufacture and testing. As we worked in a group it really helped me to improve my group working skills which will be key in industry and really helped me to improve engineering skills, such as Solidworks, by learning from my group members. It was fantastic to see something which we designed right from first concepts work in real life and fulfil its brief.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a brilliant city, as campus is so close to the centre it is really easy to pop in for a coffee or for a look round the shops. The nightlife is great and there are nights for all music tastes.

What are your ambitions for the future?

In the future I aim to secure a graduate scheme either with a Medical Engineering Company or a Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company, working within project management or logistics. I am looking forward to starting the medical side of my degree in my 3rd year.

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

I am interested in pursuing a career in the project management or logistics side of engineering. The group work undertaken has really helped me to develop my group work and communication skills and has taught me how to work to other peoples strengths and use a wide range of ideas to reach a solution.

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

Medical Engineering is a great course as it gives you a mechanical basis which opens up many doors. Being a numeric degree it allows you to explore many options when you come to look for placements and jobs. 

I'd also encourage you to join a society within Leeds University Union. There are so many societies and everyone can find one to suit them. You meet so many people by joining a society and all with a common interest. I am a member of the Swing Dance society and find it a good way to relax after a day doing work.