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What did you enjoy about your time at Reigate?

I really enjoyed my time at College. The step up from secondary school in responsibility and ownership really suited me as it gave me the flexibility to do more things, including sports as well as learning.

I had a really inspiring Physics teacher, Hovan Catchatoor, who was really passionate about the subject and made lectures really interesting, which inspired me to choose Engineering at university.

What did you study at university?

When I was applying for university I knew I wanted to study Engineering but I wasn’t sure which Engineering discipline to choose. With support from the College I found out about the Systems Engineering course at Loughborough University, which combined lots of different Engineering disciplines including Aeronautical, Electrical, Mechanical and even Computer Science.

What did you do after graduating?

After university I secured a place on a two year graduate training scheme called ‘Nucleargraduates’. The scheme was divided into three eight month work placements with each one at a different organisation within the Nuclear Industry.

My first secondment was at Rolls Royce, who design and make the nuclear reactors that power the Royal Navy Submarine Fleet. I was involved in testing and supporting the key electrical systems which ensure the safe operation of the nuclear reactors.

Following the graduate scheme I was offered the permanent role I’m in now at Rolls Royce Nuclear in Derby, where I’m based in the Electrical Controls and Instrumentation department.

The role is really exciting as I get to work on the design of the electrical controls systems which will form part of the reactor protection systems for the next generation nuclear reactors.

My office is based in Derby, which is an exciting place to be doing Engineering at the moment. It’s one of the leading cities in the UK for Engineering Design and Manufacturing, with companies like Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier based there. It also has the Peak District on its door-step, so there’s always lots of hiking and bike trails to explore.

Sam Ashfield-Murphy 

Left Reigate College: 2005

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