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Student Louise Grainger is investing in her future

Louise Grainger

Louise Grainger is an Engineering and Design student at the University of Chichester.

Her passion for motor sport is fuelling her ambition to one day work for an F1 team – and she believes her studies at the University’s £35million Engineering and Digital Technology Park will put her ahead of the chasing pack. The 19-year-old, from Bognor Regis, was among the first to enrol onto the University’s new Integrated Foundation Year when it was launched in 2017.

The programme involves an element which teaches the science underlining a race car, including engineering, design, and electrical testing. It was created to make STEM more accessible for students without qualifications.

Louise said: “The Technology Park gives me the opportunities I’ve never had before and I can’t wait to start learning in its laboratories and workshops. I’m so excited that I will take my first steps into engineering in such an incredible place.”

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will bring together skills and expertise across both areas to create some STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – with productive opportunities for regional businesses to get involved.

For engineering, the space will combine state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories, and equipment with an innovative approach to engineering learning which takes on board input from the commercial sector – designed to produce well-rounded, creative engineers the meet current and future requirements of industry and beyond.

For digital technology, it is an opportunity for the University to build on its already excellent international reputation in the world of film, animation, special effects, gaming and supporting skills such as screenplay and score writing.

Louise was recently invited to watch as the Technology Park’s last remaining brick was cemented into place at a topping-out ceremony: a ritual which marked the completion of its highest point. She now plans to progress onto one of the University’s undergraduate STEM degrees when the development opens later this year.

She added: “Being able to make designs and parts for projects is really exciting and rewarding as I can see my skills growing as my knowledge expands. I’ve always dreamt of one day working for a motor sports or F1 team and now I feel that I can achieve that ambition.”

To find out more about the Engineering and Digital Technology Park go to http://steam.chi.ac.uk.