Emily-Jane Rolley-Parnell

Robotic fish, cabbages, an electronic tuba and a self-guiding robot were just some of the highlights of this year's Student Project Showcase event held on the University's campus.

Robotic fish
Self-guiding robot
Electronic tuba

Proud students from the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics found themselves the centre of focus at the University's Student Project Showcase Day.

Celebrating the impressive work of our engineering students and the diverse range of research and development projects they undertake, the event allowed students to demonstrate their exciting creations to external visitors from industry, fellow students and members of academic staff, and discuss their plans for the future.

The final year projects, which included a 3D printed electronic fish, a robot with spatial awareness skills and a tuba controlled by servos, showed how the students had integrated degree topics and transferable skills and their ability to produce a realistic assessment of a ‘typical’ engineering project.

Many of the projects are interdisciplinary and a fair number are sourced from industry, often as a result of a placement year in a particular industry.

Employer insight

Kevin Stewart, Senior Designer at Alstom, talks about his experience as an employer at the showcase.
"The standard of student projects is very high, they engage very well when you speak to them, they are knowledgeable and passionate about what they have done for their projects. I think that is very valuable."
EE&E student placements - Toby Whitley

“It is truly rewarding to see our students take the three years of experience and knowledge gained on our degree courses and produce research and designs that could be published, patented or sold commercially. It is no wonder industry values them so highly and that many students get jobs on the day.”

Dr Toby Whitley, Lecturer in Analogue and Digital Electronics

Self guiding robot 2
Self guiding robot 1
Self guiding robot 3

“Our showcase is the pinnacle of the student achievement, a culmination of three or four years of hard work. It was fabulous to see the results of that hard work and the justifiably proud authors of some quite astounding final project software. We had an amazing range from the Digital Kennel, air quality monitoring software and the bespoke operating system. Many of these could so easily go into production.” 

Dr Shirley Atkinson, Associate Head in Computing

Shirley Atkinson
Engineering showcase - electronics
Engineering showcase - electronics close up
Engineering showcase - robot wheel

Why Plymouth?

MEng (Hons) Robotics student Jack explains how the University's Student Project Showcase Day offers students an opportunity to demonstrate their passion to lecturers and their fellow students, as well as to industry professionals and potential employers.
Emily-Jane Rolley-Parnell
Robotic fish
Robotic fish on screen