An engineering graduate from Newcastle College University Centre has presented his degree work to hundreds of students after being selected to present at a prestigious event for undergraduates.

Dylan Hill, a Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering graduate, was invited to present his dissertation, “An efficiency comparison between Vertical and Horizontal axis wind turbines when used in an urban setting” at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

The British Conference of Undergraduate Research is the biggest conference in the UK dedicated to celebrating undergraduate research. The 2021 event was hosted by the University of Leeds and held virtually online on 12-13 April.

23-year-old Dylan from Low Fell, Gateshead was put forward to present his work by the Research Team at the University Centre and was also encouraged to submit his work to the Seven Bridges Academic Journal, where his work has now been published.

Speaking after the event, Dylan commented: “It was a really unexpected opportunity to speak at this event and I was really nervous, but once I was there it was a great experience.”

Dylan graduated from Newcastle College University Centre in 2020 and was chosen to take part in its Stay and Succeed programme, gaining a part-funded internship with print manufacturing company Gate 7, as a Product and Process Intern. As part of his role, he undertakes research and development into new products.

“The role I have at Gate 7 through Stay and Succeed has been a really good opportunity,” Dylan continued.  “Going into a real role and putting the things I learned during my degree into practice was a real culture shock but I’ve really enjoyed it.

“My internship will be ending soon but I am hoping to stay with Gate 7. Eventually, I would love to move into the renewable energy sector, as this is where I’ve based all of my research and an area I’m really keen to be involved in.” 

Stay and Succeed is a unique internship project (delivered by Newcastle College University Centre and funded by the Office for Students) which aims to ensure graduates can access meaningful and high-level employment in the North East. Now in its third year, the initiative helps graduates to gain funded internships within the digital tech and engineering sectors, while boosting the workforce of local business.

Find out more about Newcastle College University Centre's Stay and Succeed Programme.