My name is Siqi Wang and I’m a. MSc student in Advanced Chemical Engineering. My first impression of Cranfield is its beautiful campus, if you’re looking for a nice place free from distractions then Cranfield is the place for you! Also after four months of study, I am very satisfied and happy with my courses and the teaching quality of Cranfield University.
The thing that I like the most about our course is that we have the chance to work in the laboratories and have site visits. For example, during the past two weeks, for the module Pilot Plant Operations, we need to learn about the combustion process of coal and other biomass feedstocks. Firstly we carried out a pilot-scale experimental test in the laboratory, and we learned about the operations we need, the data that needs to be monitored and recorded throughout the test. Then we visited the biomass power plant of Cranfield to see the system that provides heating for our campus.
We also went on a field trip to the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park to see how an industrial-scale waste recovery facility operates. I really liked this site visit because we seldom have the chance to enter a large-scale site by ourselves, but this kind of experience is very useful for us to better understand the theoretical knowledge that we learnt and see how it is applied to a real-life scenario.
During our classes, we need to work with other students to prepare our presentations. My classmates come from different countries, I enjoy working and talking with them because it gives an opportunity to learn about other cultures. Also, most of my classmates have working experience before coming to Cranfield, which I don’t, so we may have different perspectives when solving the same problem. Although we come from different cultural and working experience, our cooperation is always very pleasant.
The assessment of our modules is based on the report that we write at the end of each module. There are computers in the library and other rooms, but the one that I prefer is the PC hub next to Lanchester Hall. The assignment is not easy, and the lectures given can’t cover everything in detail, so we need to take the time to look for information ourselves. By doing the assignment I learnt a lot, and these experiences are very useful for the upcoming group project.
In my spare time, I like to take a walk on our campus. The wooden trail in the woods next to Stringfellow Hall is a great place for a walk in the weekends.
The University also organises many interesting events. For example, during Green Week in November, I participated in the Honey Harvesting event and got a jar of Cranfield-branded honey. The Cranfield Student Association also organises events such as Movie Night and trips. Of course, the Chinese Student Association is also very important for us. On the Chinese Spring Festival this year, both of the associations will be holding the Spring Festival Gala, I’m really looking forward to them!
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