Jack Crundwell

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Civil Engineering with Industrial Experience
Year of graduation: 2019
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

My favourite areas of the degree programme were the structural engineering modules which were complemented well by my time working for a small structural engineering company which contributed to the industrial experience part of my degree title. There’s no doubt that my experience with that company was instrumental in landing my grad job.

Some of the students were are profiling have in addition to their degree been awarded a departmental prize or award in recognition of their exceptional achievements. If this applies to you please can you tell us about the award you have received and what this award means to you?

I am very pleased to have been awarded the Institute of Civil Engineers Student Prize in recognition of my academic performance in the final two years of my course as well as the research work completed looking at the use of artificial intelligence for monitoring debris impacts as part of my final year project.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of many societies and groups. In my final year I was an active member of several music societies Big Band, Saxophone Choir, Clarinet Choir, Concert Band, Modern Orchestra, and Extunes. I also designed the set for several shows with Footlights.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

Although I have enjoyed studying my course, the highlight of my time at Exeter has to be the music and theatre groups I’ve been involved with. Particularly Big Band, where I’ve held two committee positions, as I’ve greatly improved my saxophone playing as a result as well as learnt about technical sound equipment and am now a competent sound engineer. And also Footlights which has allowed me to design and build big-budget theatrical sets and offered opportunities I didn’t realise I were available. 

What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss being able to be involved in so many music groups and the high quality music equipment and rehearsal spaces offered by the Students’ Guild.

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 Get involved! Theatre societies aren’t just for drama students. I’ve had so much fun being involved in the technical side of theatre and other roles including publicity, directing, cast, and band roles are also available to everyone, not just drama students. Join the Theatre at Exeter Facebook group to see what shows are coming up.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I’ve secured a grad job in East Devon where I will work on the structural design of buildings in the area. I will also find time to continue playing music and possibly look at associate memberships to keep in touch with some of my current ensembles.