Closing Time

I hope this blog has given an overview of my university experience, and provided some helpful guide. However, I’ll like to recap on a few helpful and noteworthy points which are listed below:


  • Start university with an inkling of the end
  • Keep an open mind
  • Make new friends
  • Be exploratory and open to new experiences and challenges
  • Get a mentor from senior year and always ask for advice
  • Maintain good mental health and discuss any issues with supervisor/tutor/mentor
  • Be confident and be the best you can be
  • Always remember why you’re at university and get your priorities right
  • Planning is vital and remain organised
  • Seek advice from the Careers service team regularly
  • Minimize procrastination and try to attend all lectures
  • Networking is key
  • Budget well
  • Finally, nothing worth having comes easy as the successful completion of a degree underscores determination and hard work

The video below also gives an overview of my university experience.





My PhD VIVA Experience and Top Tips

My PhD VIVA Experience and Top Tips

It has taken me about six months to write about the most nerve-racking experience of my academic life so far – My PhD VIVA.  Shortly after completing my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liverpool, I started my PhD in October 2013 at Lancaster University. The title of my PhD thesis was Development and Characterisation of Novel Structural Composites from Recycled Materials. Read more… “My PhD VIVA Experience and Top Tips”