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Past student diaries

Explore our archive of past student diary writers, who share their experiences of studying engineering or technology.


Meet Ross

Ross Cruickshank diary

Ross talks about his time studying towards a BEng in electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Manchester. Sponsored by ENGIE, he was given this opportunity after completing an apprenticeship with the company and returned every summer to work onsite. Now he has graduated he works as a graduate EICA engineer.



Matthew Nethercote

Matthew Nethercote diary

IET Power Academy scholar Matthew talks about his experiences during his five-year electronic and electrical engineering sandwich degree course at Queen's University Belfast, where he spent a year in industry at Analog Devices. Having completed his degree Matthew now works for Rolls-Royce.


Erin Nolan

Erin Nolan diary

Before starting her university course Erin spent a year in industry at the Science Technology Facilities Council, and she also invented a walking aid entitled the OneStep. After the second year of her electrical and mechanical MEng at the University of Edinburgh she’s decided to take a break from her education to work as a lead engineer at Edinsolar.


Maria in Durban

Maria Felice diary

Maria began writing for the IET during her final year at university, and continued to report on her experiences as she undertook an engineering doctorate at the University of Bristol, sponsored by Rolls-Royce. On completion of her EngD Maria joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre as a research engineer.


Ankur on placement

Ankur Banerjee diary

Ankur Banerjee began his diary with his arrival as a first year student at the University of Surrey. After studying in Singapore and undertaking a placement at an electronics design automation company, he went on to share his experiences as a final-year student researching computer vision processing.


Tiffany Booth

Tiffany Booth diary

Tiffany joined the IET student diary team at the end of the second year of her four year computer science MEng at Lancaster University. She talks about her passion for computing, the importance of finding the right course and the realities of undertaking a master's degree.


Abdul Jabbar Siddiqui

Abdul Jabbar Siddiqui diary

Abdul Jabbar Siddiqui began writing a student diary for the IET on the start of his second year at university in Saudi Arabia. Here he shares the ups and downs of those university middle years.