Meet our Student Ambassadors

If you come to an Open Day this year, you'll meet some of our Ambassadors, current undergraduates who help out at outreach events and answer questions about what it's like to study Engineering at Oxford

Chris Bocz, 4th year, St Edmund Hall

From: Sherborne School

What makes you excited about engineering?

"Engineering is like a transform function that gives shape to raw theoretical ideas and transforms them into tangible constructs with the potential to benefit us all. My involvement in Engineering has taken various shapes and proportions - from making surface exploration rover robots for contests to creating 3D-printed story cubes that I used for icebreakers in a STEM youth camp. But the common thing joining all these experiences roots from Engineering, and is namely the need to observe things or ideas from various angles."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"Oxford is synonymous with the world-class level playing field of education to me - here, there is a place for everyone. I also love the city's vibrant streets which blend modern and old in rarely seen ways."

Jonny Routley, 1st year, Brasenose College

From: St Paul's School, Richmond

What makes you excited about engineering?

"Having the opportunity to effect tangible positive change on real people's lives, on both the small day-to-day scale for an individual as well as for whole communities."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"The collegiate system - being able to learn through friends about other subjects and having the opportunity to talk to really bright people everyday about their subjects and passions."

Rosa Arthur, 1st year, Wadham College

From: The Folkestone School for Girls

What makes you excited about engineering?

"What excites me about engineering is the impact it has on the world we live in. I love how engineering has applications in so many areas, shaping every aspect of our lives."

What kind of engineer do you think you will become?

"I am keen to become a civil engineer that works specifically in sustainable development. I can use my skills to contribute positively to people’s lives and the environment; helping current and future generations have a better quality of life and standard of living. I would like to work in sectors such as renewable energy and in the building of sustainable infrastructure in developing countries. I think it would be fulfilling to give back to communities that my ancestors were part of and be making a tangible difference whilst preserving the planet."

Felix Peterken, 3rd year, Balliol College

From: St. Cyres Comprehensive, South Wales

"On a near term basis, the application of maths to real world scenarios to model systems is something that gives me great satisfaction, as well as the joy of problem solving and arriving at the correct result after a long method. In a longer-term approach, it would be nice to consider what I do as being worthwhile to people, like playing a role in reducing climate change or creating tech that treats people’s illnesses."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"The college system creates a nice sense of community where you know everyone in it and everything that's going on."

Dami Tariuwa, 1st Year, Jesus College

From: The Henrietta Barnett School

What makes you excited about engineering?

The ability to use maths and scientific knowledge to create amazing technology and structures that can significantly improve the lives of everyday people. Engineering excites me because it represents a world full of so many possibilities.

What kind of engineer do you think you will become?

I actually have no idea! It is one of the reasons why I chose the engineering science course, it provides an opportunity to learn about different types of engineering so I can make an informed decision by the end of my degree. I am passionate about sustainable engineering so I hope to work in that sector in the future.

Beth Eames, 1st Year, St Hilda's College

From: Kineton High School and King Edward VI School Stratford (6th form)

What makes you excited about engineering?

"The thing I find most exciting about engineering is that it gives me an outlet for both my creativity and my love for maths and physics. I enjoy the satisfaction of pulling together my knowledge from a range of disciplines to solve knotty problems that have real-life relevance."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"My favourite thing about Oxford is the tutorial system, because it enables you to really interact with what you are learning, so the learning process becomes very personalised."

Minnie Karanjavala, 2nd Year, St Peter's College

From: The Royal High School, Bath

"The world is facing many series challenges at present, such as developing sustainable energy resources, dealing with climate change and strengthening cyber security. Engineers are perfectly placed to solve all of these problems and so much more, and that’s why I think it’s the most exciting and interesting field you could work in.  Everything around us has been engineered and I think when people realise this you can’t help but be impressed by the importance of the profession and excited by the endless possibilities of what engineers will do next."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"I love how there’s so many small independent food places to try! And how there’s always something to do, never a dull moment!"

Becky Hu, 1st Year, Lady Margaret Hall

From: Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School

What makes you excited about engineering?

"To me, engineering involves continuously adapting to our changing world, while creating a bridge between science and the needs of society. This creates a high pace environment that I would love to be a part of.  I am particularly intrigued about engineering disasters throughout time that rather than being a failure, tells us of the scale of human endeavour. The idea of a failure consistently reminds engineers that there are always ongoing improvements to any project."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"I love the city because of how vibrant it is. there are so many places to visit and admire, as well as an endless amount of fun activities to get up to."

Ambre Bertrand, 3rd Year, St Edmund Hall

From: King's College School in Wimbledon, London

"I think engineering is the most applicable and rewarding kind of problem-solving! It allows you to apply your maths, physics and analytical thinking skills to solve real world problems that make a tangible impact on day to day challenges. This summer I worked in a research group writing code to identify tumours on MRI images from cancer patients, as part of a project to find new techniques for diagnosis and treatment. This was a fantastic experience and has made me want to discover even more about the multiple potential applications of engineering in the healthcare sector."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"It is an incredibly vibrant and cosy place to live in. My fave place apart from college is probably Christ Church Meadows."

Daffodil Dhayaa, 2nd year, Wadham College

From: Bancroft's School, Essex

What makes you excited about engineering?

"New innovations and being able to understand the advancements in science and technology and how they relate to improving our standard of living. Coding also excites me, trying to understand how a computer processes code and seeing the output is always pretty cool."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"Bops and Balls!"

Nobel Basser, 4th Year, Lincoln College

From: Sir John Cass Redcoat CofE

What makes you excited about engineering?

"The fact that we are surrounded by it. From the floor we stand on, to the pens we use, to the ceilings above us. Engineering is everywhere we go, and the only way to escape from it is to go deep into nature. The practicality and applicability of engineering is also exciting - everything we learn in the degree we see in our daily lives."

What kind of engineer do you think you will become?

"I think I will be a Biomedical engineer – it combines all disciplines (mechanical, chemical, civil, etc) and applies that to our own bodies, meaning we can see the effects of it up front. The biomedical modules have also been the ones I've enjoyed studying most."

Natalie Ruck, 1st Year, St Hilda's College

From: North Bristol

What makes you excited about engineering?

"Engineering is everywhere and it encompasses all aspects of daily life. Having the opportunity to make the world a better place through applying my two favourite subjects (maths and physics) to real life situations thrills me."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"One of my favourite things about the University of Oxford is the college system because I immediately felt settled and part of a community when I moved in. Also, the tutorial system is something that makes this university such an incredible place to learn, because it gives you the opportunity to discuss your work and any questions you have in small groups with your tutor."

Stephen Darby, 1st year, St Anne's College

From: Sutton Grammar School

What makes you excited about engineering?

"I care about Engineering because it's the point at which the purely mathematical meets humans. And maths is elegant, and stylish, and often beautifully written. Humans are not. I love engineering because we know there is going to be an end purpose."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"G&Ds. They sell the best ice-cream in Oxford"

(Note from editor: Other ice-cream sellers are available)

Katarina Vukosavljević, 2nd year, St Hugh's College

From: Mathematical Grammar School, Belgrade, Serbia

What makes you excited about engineering?

"What I love about engineering is that it tackles real-life problems. No matter what you specialize in, there are no two same problems you'll deal with, so it is always exciting. But more importantly, engineering is a way of thinking. It is about being creative and using your knowledge to do some amazing things."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"My favourite thing about Oxford would be its diversity! We meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds! It also offers lots of opportunities. Oxford is the place where you can be who you want to be. This is where you have the chance to try out different things and work on yourself!"

Sara Helin, 1st year, St Peter's College

From: Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

What makes you excited about engineering?

"I enjoy engineering mathematics the most, as I love the problem solving side to it, and how satisfying it is when you finally get the answer! This is also why I chose the course at Oxford, since it is more maths based. However, the relevance to everyday life is also exciting, which shows how broad, yet complex the subject is. Engineering helps us advance and progress into the future by focussing on improvement and efficiency- something I hope to be a part of!"

What kind of engineer do you think you will become?

"I am not sure yet, which is why I chose the Engineering Science course- because it is so broad! I feel like I can’t make a decision until I have tried each discipline, especially since I hadn’t formally studied engineering before university at all."

Solace Hussein, 2nd year, St Peter's College

From: Henrietta Barnett School

What makes you excited about engineering?

"Engineers do not design things to be left on shelves. Instead, their work is to create things that bring people together and, in turn, create a world that is better off. I am studying Engineering so I can go on to positively impact people’s lives."

What kind of engineer do you think you will become?

"I want to become a biomedical engineer because I am inspired by the concept of improving the quality of healthcare that people, especially in the more deprived areas of the world, have access to."

Anna Hall, 2nd year, St Catherine's College

From: George Heriot's School

What makes you excited about engineering?

"For me, engineering is the gateway to actually being able to contribute to solving problems in our society - whether it be alternative energy sources or finding cheap and accessible drinking water in developing countries. The idea that I could positively impact another persons life is something which has always an ultimate goal for me and I really see engineering as something which will enable that (however cheesy that may be!)."

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"A hard question, but something I think which is unique about Oxford is being constantly surrounded by inspiring people - whether they are the lecturers who are at the forefront of their fields (and so, particularly in engineering, are doing some really unimaginable stuff) or just college or course friends. I have found that in the year I have spent here I have learnt so much out-with my subject and have become much more curious and rounded from it."

Hui Wen Teh, 1st year, St Edmund Hall

From: Methodist College Kuala Lumpur

What makes you excited about engineering?

"Being able to design and build things, also programming stuff! I love being able to solve a problem using my own designs and also to see it built and come to life. Besides that, I am looking forward to using my knowledge in solving the climate change crisis, and coming up with solutions to plastic waste and designing energy efficient systems!"

What is your favourite thing about Oxford?

"The college system! My college is a pretty small one but it feels like home to me, it is very easy to bump into someone you know just by walking around the college. I also get to know a lot of people doing different subjects!"