Univ Dates: 2011-2015
Degree: MEng Engineering Science
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Occupation: Advanced Design Engineer at Dyson
Biography: Corinne Stuart works in the Electronics and Electrical team on the first Dyson electric vehicle. She was previously a Consultant Engineer specialising in automotive applications at Randle Engineering Solutions Ltd. At Univ, Corinne was a member of the Oxford University Women’s Cricket Club and captained Univ’s women’s cricket team for several years.
Did you have any particular preconceptions before visiting Univ?
Not particularly, I had read up as much as I could and took the help offered at my college. I wasn’t aware before coming how much of your life is based in the college, so you mix with people not just from your course or who you happen to be in the same corridor as.
How was your interview?
I met the Univ tutors before I came for interview, on the engineering residential Univ put on for Lower Sixth, which put me a bit at ease. I forgot some very basic maths at one point, as I was nervous, but as I could just talk it through from first principles it didn’t matter.
Do you have a favourite memory from your time at College?
There were so many highlights – balls, cricket, dinners, my radio show. What I am most fond of looking back is the time spent with friends. When we had to work into the evenings, we’d meet later for a cup of tea and chat or watch TV shows. We then didn’t feel so antisocial that we weren’t out drinking with the rest of Oxford. Doesn’t sound glamorous – but it was very much needed!
Did you know what you wanted to do after Univ?
I knew I wanted to work in new technologies. It took me a while to find my first job after leaving. I wanted to work at an engineering consultancy to see what I enjoyed. There was a flying car project at my first job, the complexity of it as a consumer machine caught my attention. I have accidentally become an automotive engineer.
How does it feel to be working on Dyson’s first electric vehicle?
Exciting! I am happy that I am somewhere using my skills but also learning a lot. The project is unique, attracting experts who have been looking for somewhere they can make an impact. The most interesting moments are when we don’t know how it’s going to be solved. We know the consumers want it to do something, but we need to figure out how it is going to work on an engineering level.
What do you think the importance of the Young Univ Gallery project is?
When you are in education there is an obvious next step: GCSE, A-levels, degree. It is interesting to see what opportunities there are beyond this. The achievements of the most famous Univ alumni were not relatable to me, so I hope this gives others an idea of what might be possible afterwards.