Renishaw Engineer Awarded University Prize

Renishaw’s Roxanne Pollard, a mechanical design engineer and former apprentice, has been awarded the TATA prize, given to the highest achieving part-time student at the University of Wales. 

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Roxanne Pollard, a mechanical design engineer at Gloucestershire-based engineering company Renishaw Inc., has been awarded the TATA prize, given to the highest achieving part-time student at the University of Wales. Ms. Pollard, a former Renishaw apprentice, achieved a first-class honors degree in mechanical engineering.

She studied her A Levels at The Link Sixth Form, near Yate, Bristol, where she discovered her passion for product design. Ms. Pollard then joined Renishaw in 2010 as a technical apprentice in mechanical and electronic engineering, completing an HNC and an HND before starting her degree.

She went on to complete a mechanical engineering degree at the University of South Wales while working at Renishaw four days a week. Throughout her studies, she helped develop metal additive manufacturing (AM) machines to streamline the AM process and improve end results.

“When I was at school, I thought university was the way forward,” she explains. “Before starting at Renishaw, I completed my A Levels and even had a place at university.

“I decided that an apprenticeship would suit me better than university, as I wanted to get stuck-in and gain practical experience,” she continues. “During my time at Renishaw, not only have I completed a full honors degree, I’ve also worked on cutting-edge projects. This has built my confidence and improved my practical skills.”

“There is a misconception that apprenticeships are simply an alternative to university,” explains Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw. “However, around 70 percent of Renishaw’s apprentices go on to achieve full honors degrees, developing their academic abilities, at the same time as gaining practical hands-on experience.”