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Manpreet Sethi

Multidisciplinary Innovation

Mulitdisciplinary-Innovation_Student_Manpreet-SethiWhat appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

I knew it was an award-winning design school. It seemed like somewhere life experience was valued, not just academic skills. It seemed like a big University with good infrastructure and facilities.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?

I had a multidisciplinary background in business design technology. The course combines my past experiences with new methodologies and research. I wanted to learn more about how to use research methods in the right context.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

I didn’t feel any kind of homesickness. I was so occupied I didn’t miss home. I quickly felt like I’d been over here for a long time. There were a lot of games/tours/opportunities to meet other students.

What do you like most about the course?

Before I came here I thought Design was everything, but I’ve learned that I need to take a wider view. I still believe that Design is the key to a more logical world, but it’s part of a wider strategy. The course has also opened my eyes about research and innovation.

Can you give an example of a piece of work you’ve been involved with recently and what it involves?

We’ve been doing some work for the City Council, looking at conditions of signage related to parking problems. It’s good, because we get the chance to work on live projects with different kinds of clients, which gives us a flavour of working in the real world.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

I’d like to stay in the UK for a couple of years to build up some work experience. I’m interested in product development so ideally I’d work as part of an R&D team. Eventually I’d like to do a PhD, looking into new innovations.

How do you get on with your tutors?

All of the tutors have good industrial experience. They’re good at engaging the students – I never feel like I’m just sat in a classroom. It’s easy to get one-to-one time with them if I ever have problems.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?

Northumbria gives you the chance to work on new technologies, and get hands-on experience. It’s a very multicultural and student-orientated city. It’s at the centre of a host of different environments, you can see city life, countryside, and the seaside too.

What’s your favourite thing about Newcastle?

There’s something happening every day – no chance to get bored.

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