Callum Forsyth, MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability
Callum Forsyth completed his MSc Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability in 2018.
"The ability to harness the earth's natural cycles and transform these processes into useable energy is something I have always found fascinating. It's exciting to choose a subject that tackles some of the world's largest sustainability issues, which will have positive impacts on a global scale.
I chose the MSc course at Reading due to the fact it is one of the very few programmes that teaches the technology side of the subject but is open to someone from a non-engineering background like myself. This coupled with the School of the Built Environment's excellent research reputation made it the perfect course to pursue my career in the field of renewable energy."
prepared for industry
During his studies, Callum benefited from the School of Construction Management and Engineering's links with industry.
"Another strength of the course was the use of industry professionals to lecture specific areas of a module. This kept the lectures interesting as there were a wide range of teaching techniques used whilst also allowing me to approach projects using a more commercial/business-orientated mind-set, which is crucial when working in industry.
I particularly enjoyed the Sustainable Heat and Power module as it gave a solid grounding in the technical/engineering aspects of renewables (solar, wind, hydro and bioenergy) but we were assessed in a way as if we were energy consultants pitching ideas to developers. For example, the solar assignment and the use of PVsyst software not only helped me develop my knowledge of an industry standard piece of software but allowed me to create my own solar PV array and create a business case for the system based on its estimated financial performance."
Throughout his studies, Callum was supported to achieve his potential by our staff and student community.
"There was a particularly strong community-feel within the School of the Built Environment, which felt like we were all working together on solving energy issues as a team as opposed to just reproducing assignments.
The programme leader, Maria, is incredibly enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to providing a fantastic experience for the students. I had the pleasure of having my dissertation supervised by Maria and her support throughout the teaching year and individual project was invaluable. I was particularly proud to achieve the highest average mark of any engineering-based MSc programme during the year I was there, which would have been impossible without the continued support of Maria and the rest of the School's staff."
for all our futures
After graduation Callum joined Ricardo Energy and Environment as an Analyst Consultant.
"My duties are split between both the Renewables and Energy & Carbon Management teams working on a wide-range of projects to create more sustainable energy solutions for the future. I cannot recommend the programme enough to anyone that has an interest in renewable energy!"