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Daniel Davies

Daniel works at a local electrical engineering company and is in his final year of studying MSc Electircal Power Engineering.


What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndwr University?

Prior to working for LME I studied A-Levels at Ysgol Ruabon sixth form. Went to Bangor uni for 6 months to study computer science in 2009 but decided it was not what I wanted to do so left in the February.

I have been employed by Lloyd Morris Electrical since 2010 where I completed HNC (2 years), FND (1 year), BEng (1 year top up), then had 12 months off and came back to study the MSc for 2 years.

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndwr University?

The location was a key factor as I live in the Wrexham area and I was aware I could continue through to BEng level studying part time. I was not planning on studying MSc at the time. The course content was particularly suited to my industry.

What’s the atmosphere like around campus?

Always felt very accommodating and comfortable. As a part time student I don’t get to see as much of it as a full time student but peers and lecturers have always been very nice. Also think the lecturers in particular take workload into consideration for part time students which is helpful.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The relevance of majority of the course to my industry. The knowledge has been transferrable to my full time work as an electrical project engineer. My MSc dissertation in electrical power system analysis is of particular relevance whilst at the same time I am learning future technologies which will keep me at the front of research in the particular area of study.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

Initially continue to develop my career and knowledge as an electrical engineer within my company.

What has the support been like?

Really good from lecturers and dissertation supervisor. Financial support has been brilliant from my company. Whilst the bursary provided at MSc level via the university is a fantastic idea which I am sure helps students who are self-funding.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University?

Achieved a qualification which required persistent dedication and hard work to achieve which I believe reflects well on my character. Learnt invaluable key skills, mainly how to manage large quantities of work efficiently. The knowledge gained from the course would not have been easily accessible without studying the course so I believe gives me a strong advantage in the future in terms of my career progression.

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndwr University in one word what would it be and why?

Commitment. It would have been so easy to stop at an earlier point of study such as after FND or BEng which is what all of my peers had done. Also in my company it was not a requirement to continue study, I have been the first person to do it. However I was committed to completing university at the highest possible level as I would not have been content not doing so. It has been tough working long hours in a job which requires full commitment and concentration, whilst completing assignments, exam revision and projects alongside this. In particular getting the dissertation completed on time has required hard work and commitment, also would have helped if I’d have started it earlier but never mind!

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