Above: James Morgan receives his award.
Two local engineering students have won academic awards for their outstanding industrial placements at Northwood & WEPA’s paper factory, Bridgend.
Swansea University’s College of Engineering presented Bridgend-based Josh Hill, aged 22, and James Morgan, aged 23, with awards for best industrial placement in chemical engineering and environmental engineering respectively. Both students were commended for their substantial achievements during their year-long Master’s placements.
Northwood & WEPA closely mentored the students, giving them the opportunity to work across all areas of the business’ production plant. This ranged from mastering complex chemical tests in the laboratory to learning how to maintain equipment in the water treatment centre.
Josh and James were the only students on their Master’s course to receive the prestigious awards for their placements.
Mick Brown, Customer Product Development Manager at Northwood & WEPA, commented: “It has been a joy to watch Josh and James develop their skills during their time with us.
“They have learnt how to put their university studies into practice, dealing with challenging situations and ensuring their work is consistently of the highest quality.
“We always strive for placement students to complete their projects feeling ready for employment. This is certainly the case with Josh and James.”
Josh Hill, Chemical Engineering Master’s student at Swansea University’s College of Engineering, added: “Throughout my placement, I was presented with challenging yet highly enjoyable projects. These gave me real responsibilities and, most of all, a wide range of experiences and skills.
“Having the chance to experience so many areas of industrial practice was the greatest opportunity I have been given during university.”
Josh Hill receiving his award.