Graduate Careers

    • Floyd Chitalu - BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

      Floyd won the Renfrewshire Educational Trust Award, awarded to the most distinguished graduate of the university. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Computer Games Technology, and also achieved the Court Medal.

      Following the completion of his degree he now plans to undertake a Ph.D. in September at Edinburgh University after being awarded a scholarship. He will be studying Perversive Parallelism (Computer Science) provided by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training within the School of Informatics.

      He is currently employed at Codeplay Software in Edinburgh specialising in computer graphics and he is currently involved in the implementation of a low-level system tool for a Applications Programming Interface (API) named Vulkan.

      Floyd Chitalu - BSc Hons Computer Games Technology

      Quote from Floyd:

      "Looking back, I can only appreciate the great blessing that it was to have studied at UWS. From first the day right until the last, what the university bestowed upon me as a student is something I will always remember and remain grateful for. A lot was learned and a lot of new friends were also made. With that I would simply like to share a grateful word of Thanks; to all those throughout my time at university who contributed—even in small part—to the academic achievements I have made today. It is through their cumulative act of care and dedication that I am where I am and achieved what I have achieved today. In return I wish the university and my fellow graduates all the all best in their endeavours and also deeply thank the Renfrewshire Educational Trust for sponsoring my award; I am truly honoured to have received it."

    • Nicola Kelly - BSc (Hons) Physics

      Nicola Kelly graduated earlier this month with a First Class Honours degree in Physics, as well as being delighted to receive her degree she was also honoured by being awarded the Edward French Prize for the most distinguished Physics graduate.


      Nicola Kelly - BSc Hons Physics

      Nicola has been successful in her studies and found the subject truly fascinating. She said:

      “I have really benefitted from studying at UWS, the staff in the physics department have a lot of time for the students and are always available to help no matter how small a problem is. This has helped me thoroughly throughout my physics degree. I was also fortunate enough to be one of the select few to have the opportunity to go to the home of the large hadron collider at Cern in Switzerland! This was an amazing experience. I have not yet decided what I would like to do in the future but having a degree in physics opens up many opportunities for me.”


    • Chukwamela Okoroma - BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

      At the recent Graduation Ceremony Chukwamela Okoroma came away with a hat trick of awards

      He won the Institute of Civil Engineers Prize for best final year Civil Engineering Graduate, the Dr William JC Watt Medal for most distinguished Engineering Graduate and also the Alistair Duncan Memorial Prize – Civil Engineering for best final year Civil Engineering Project.

      Chuk feels he had a great experience at UWS, as well as enjoying and succeeding well in his degree course he also became fully involved in student life and said “UWS has been a great experience. I had the opportunity of learning from the best teachers as well as gaining other skills from volunteering with SAUWS, as a green impact project assistant and a student representative. I also enhanced and gained more skills working as a student ambassador (Communications Assistant) with the marketing and communications team within the university.


      Chukwamela Okoroma - BSc Hons Civil Engineering

      At the just concluded NUS Awards Ceremony, my volunteering work with the "snap it off!" campaign put the university at the top spot on the leader board. This achievement earned me a student leadership award, while the university was awarded a cash prize - which will be used to support and develop the work SAUWS Environment does.”

      Chuk is now off to Imperial College London to study towards a Masters in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management.


    • Rizwan Mehmood - BSc Information Technology

      My name is Rizwan Mehmood. I am 21 years old and I undertook a graduate placement at Dell. At Dell my role was to provide over-the-phone support to business and home users who encounter issues with their Dell systems. I had to diagnose and troubleshoot issues within a set timescale and provide solutions as quick as possible

      3 months in to my 10 month contract, I was upgraded to a permanent position and this opened up many possibilities for me with regards to progression within the business.


      Rizwan Mehmood - BSc Information Technology


      There is much room for progression within Dell. There are so many different roles and positions that are available and they cover a wide range of skill sets. If you do wish to move to other parts of the business the managers are more than helpful in providing time off the phones in order to spend some time with that particular team and learn more about the role.

      At Dell I have learned a great deal about what it takes to work in a corporate environment. There is constant change and you need to be proactive in order to strive.
      I would definitely recommend other students to gain as much experience in their field as they can whilst they are at uni. Not only is this vital when it comes to looking for a job once you have graduated, but will also help if you wish to continue your studies, whether that be within uni or elsewhere.

      I decided to return to university because I wish to complete my 4th year at uni and gain an honours degree.

  • Career Prospects

    The career prospects for graduates of engineering and science are excellent and many Paisley graduates have the advantage of a placement as part of their degree. As well as the general attributes employers would expect from a graduate many of our students have the added advantages of numeracy, laboratory skills and an understanding of the technology that drives modern society.

    Graduate Employers

    Our graduates in Engineering & Science are to be found in leading positions in many leading companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline, British Airways, Scottish Water, Johnson Matthey, Barr Construction, Zeneca, Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd, British Aerospace, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Roche Products Ltd, IBM, BP Oils Ltd, Balfour Beatty, First Engineering, Scottish Natural Heritage and Quintiles (Scotland) Ltd.

    Employment Prospects

    A high proportion of graduates will find work within their subject area using the skills and knowledge they gained as an undergraduate.

    Many of our graduates have experience of relevant work before they graduate, their prospects are good and the graduate starting salary in many disciplines such as Civil Engineering is excellent.

  • What our students say

    My course is all-encompassing and the skillsI'm gaining should offer me flexability when it comes to finding a job. Formula 1 has always been my biggest influence and I want to work in that sector after I finish university
    Kathyrn Shaw, Motorsport Design, Engineering Student.
  • Did you know

    Employers prefer graduates with work experience and on average these graduates earn 28% more than those with no placement experience
    Source: The Engineering Council