Hi there all, and welcome to my first post on this blog! I’ve just arrived back in Coventry for term 2, so it seemed like a good time to lay out my stall for the year ahead. So far, it looks like I’ll be kept quite busy; what with looking for accommodation for third year, finishing my internship applications and various group projects over the term, Warwick sure know how to keep engineers busy! I’ll try to post at least vaguely interesting updates about my time here, but if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to address, just leave a comment below.

Looking over this term’s timetable, it looks like Mondays are pretty busy (4 lectures in the afternoon and a seminar at 11), including the new module of Engineering Materials. We covered some materials stuff in first year, but only briefly, so it will be interesting to see how much they throw at us this time round. My Wednesdays, however, are pretty much free, apart from a tutorial at the beginning and end of term. Our first year tutorials were weekly and mostly involved going over maths problems, as well as my tutor checking that we were coping OK with the workload. Once you reach second year, it’s expected that you’re capable of independent work by now! Most of my other days only have two or three lectures so it’s pretty relaxed, and also more spread out than term 1. Also, no more 9ams! Engineers get a few more contact hours per week than the average, but on the other hand there’s far less reading than the humanities prescribe.

We’re starting the group phase of the ES2A8 Engineering Design Project this term; as I’m on the civil stream, I picked the aqueduct. After completing our individual designs in term 1, we’re now working in groups of 7 or so to produce a single design for a 3m model, including detailed instructions on its construction. Half of these designs will be selected to be built by the combined efforts of two teams. It’s a great opportunity to do some practical design work; another advantage is that you get lots of things to talk about in internship applications (working as part of a team, working to deadlines, etc), so I’m expecting to get a lot out of it!

Well, that’s all for now. The plan is to put an update up every fortnight or so, so I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Thanks for reading, and have a good one!

Nathan L