Michael Peplow

Michael Peplow

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career? 

I learnt to drive, time-trailed up a mountain on my bike, and began to work for a global engineering firm. That, and trying to resume saying “ the ” instead of “ t’ ” (may have picked up a bit of t’ local accent). 

What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

I currently work for Amec Foster Wheeler in its Clean Energy Europe business, within the nuclear sector. I’m on a graduate placement, and so far I’ve worked on site at various nuclear plants on some very high profile projects. Currently I’m gaining experience in the commercial department, which is really interesting as you get to see the business side of things- so there’s lots of opportunity to gain a wide array of skills. 

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career/will help with your future career?

Leeds provided me with real opportunities for my career- whilst I didn’t do a sandwich placement, I did take up two summer internships there, the first with the University itself, and the second with a company run by former Leeds graduates, based at the University. 

Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I didn’t really give it that much thought to be honest- I think I chose engineering as I always performed well in maths and the sciences, and knew that there was real potential for a career in it, given the current emphasis on STEM professions. Why Leeds? I just got a good feeling when I visited for the open day- I loved the vibe, and could really see myself going there.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? Any highlights?

I would have to say the staff- they were really enthusiastic and made a real effort to make the course interesting and improve it. When I first came to the university, Leeds was ranked 22nd for mechanical engineering. It’s now 1st. Says a lot, don’t you think? 

The various team projects are also really informative, and get you to think and apply your engineering knowledge and creativity, and perhaps most importantly, fun! 

What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

I’m a keen cyclist, and while at Leeds I spent a lot of time riding out in the Dales with LUUCC. I also cycled from Leeds to Berlin with Leeds RAG for charity. There’s a lot of opportunities to get involved at Leeds; I managed to get a part time job at the Union to help bring in some extra money.

What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?

I’m only just starting my career so I’m not sure if I can really say much on that. But as for going to Leeds? Best decision I’ve ever made!