The supporting statement should outline:
☆ the motivations for applying for the programme
☆relevant academic and professional experience to date
☆ future career aspirations
☆ as well as the ability to gain from and contribute to the College community.
In your statement(s), you may wish to discuss the following:
☆Motivation for undertaking the programme(s)
☆Academic interests, strengths and background relevant to the programme(s)
☆Areas of specific interest within the programme(s)
☆Academic ambitions and/or research interests related to the programme(s)
☆Any professional aspirations, and how academic work within the programme(s) might help you realise such aspirations
☆Other relevant information, such as additional reading or research, work or other relevant experience that has informed your decision to apply for the particular programme(s)
The art of engineering is applying scientific theories to design. The fundamental principles that are applied to products and structures are paramount and by studying engineering I am hoping to learn how engineers use these principles and then integrate them into designs. A design that has inspired me is the Falkirk wheel boat lift as it shows how solutions to engineering problems can be imaginative and iconic.
Engineering will allow me to see how principles are applied to design. This was highlighted in a lecture I attended on the mechanics of roller coasters. I was fascinated to learn about some of the design constraints which were applied to balance speed with safety. For example, if a bend is too tight then excessive g-force would cause participants to blackout.
I then applied the idea of using maths in order to ensure the safety of Formula 1 drivers. I used this to assist in preparing and delivering of a number of workshops run at my school for local primary school children, one of which involved the design of Formula 1 cars and calculating the speed at which they can be safely driven and the chance of them crashing.
Attending a Headstart course at Swansea University showed me how the theory that is learnt in the lecture theatres can be easily transferred to a practical application in the labs. A particular highlight was the civil engineering task where we designed and built an inflatable structure with a team.
This is an area of engineering that I am looking forward to studying as there were many different solutions suggested to solve the same problem. This course was a useful experience as it allowed me to see the different teaching styles at university by attending lectures and doing lab work. I found this enjoyable because of its hands on nature.
I have already started to further my knowledge by reading “How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life” by Louis A. Bloomfield, and I have enjoyed learning the basic theory behind wings creating lift by creating a difference in pressure.
I am very much looking forward to studying this area in greater detail. I have also read “Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing” by Henry Petroski which has shown me that to an engineer, every design can be improved upon and it is this potential to improve and progress things via engineering which strongly appeals to me.
Outside the classroom I have taken part in the UKMT individual maths challenges where I have achieved 3 gold awards, twice scoring highest in my year. This resulted in me representing my school in a team maths challenge. Additionally I have attended events run by the Gifted and Talented Program including a week long summer school and lectures to help further my maths knowledge.
My main hobby is mountain biking and I have been riding regularly for 4 years. During this time I have had to carry out a lot of maintenance on my bike which has led to my interest in how they work and all the aspects of bike development. For example carbon fibre is replacing aluminum as the material of choice for most components due to its ability to improve strength while reducing weight. This interest has led me to taking a course on advanced mountain bike maintenance in November.
I have taken part in many activities that have helped to build my teamwork, leadership and time management skills. I finished the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award where strong teamwork is essential in order to succeed, especially at the expedition.
I have also represented my year on the school council where I had to demonstrate good time management and organisation skills which I used when I helped to organize an event to help other schools improve their councils. I have played cricket for my school and local team which has taught me to cope well with pressure.
I believe that I have the academic ability, interest and personal attributes that are well suited to studying engineering at university and to pursue a career in this field.
接着作者在讲座中得到有关工程的启发，然后自己尝试运用数学去保证F-1赛车手的安全，参加相关的帮助小学生的workshop。为了更深入了解有关土木工程的知识，参加斯旺西大学的入门课程，完成土木工程的相关任务。这个经历对作者未来的学习产生了深刻影响；在课外阅读中阅读了Louis A. Bloomfield撰写的“事物如何工作：通过日常生活的物理学”进一步提高了“我”的知识；亨利·彼得斯基（Henry Petroski）的“设计发明：工程师从思想到事物的方式”，体会到了工程设计的魅力。
此外，在课外还参加数学竞赛和Gifted and Talented Program项目，这些经历对”我”进一步学习数学有很大启发；山地自行车的兴趣及自己动手修车的爱好，引起了“我”对自行车工作方式以及自行车开发各个方面的兴趣，并参加了高级山地车维护课程。