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Science students awarded silver at WorldSkills UK

Robotics and mechatronics students from Middlesex scoop silver medals at national skills competition

Silver medalists at the World Skills show in Birmingham

Pictured are medal winners, from left to right: Rahul Vekaria, Eva Blessing Onyeulo, Piotr Nowicki and Andrej Lieskovsky.

Two talented teams from Middlesex University were awarded silver medals in the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals, the UK’s largest technical skills and careers event, in Birmingham on 19 November.

Middlesex students Andrej Lieskovsky and Piotr Nowicki secured silver in the mechatronics (higher) category while Eva Blessing Onyeulo and Rahul Vekaria claimed silver in the robotics category.

“It’s a great experience to be able to compete with the UK's top mechatronics teams in a national competition and I hope that potential future employers will look at it the same way,” says Andrej Lieskovsky, BEng Mechatronics.

In the mechatronics competition, students were tasked with building a modular production system, integrating this with two other systems and optimising its system efficiency.

Meanwhile in the robotics category, students programmed their robots to complete a series of tasks including navigating through a maze.

“The competition is interesting because the tasks are designed to test every bit of engineering and problem-solving skills needed on a real-world engineering project,” explains BEng Robotics student Chibuike Okpaluba,.

The Skills Show provides a wide range of hands-on experience to inspire students to explore skills, further education and apprenticeships, helping them to take the next step into the world of work.

“We are always very proud to see Middlesex students involved in these competitions where they get to put their skills against some of the best in the industry,” says Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu, Head of Department for Design Engineering and Maths.

“I congratulate all medallists and everyone who took part in these high level trials. Once again our students demonstrated a great degree of skill to complete the challenges and the experience develops useful skills which are transferable to employment in this area.”

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