Wolverhampton School of Art

William Morris, BDes (Hons) Product Design

William Morris graduated from our Product Design course in June and has already secured a brilliant graduate-level job in a field he is passionate about. We caught up with him to find out more:

Congratulations on your new job, tell us how it came about?

After finishing my second-year at university I had a chat with my lecturers about how I could make my third year as easy and stress-free as possible. They advised me to start looking into topics for my dissertation and to think about the various industries that I'd like to direct my work towards.

So from that, I started to research new technologies and the manufacturing processes involved to see what interested me the most. From this research I found that the only metal 3D printing company in the UK (Renishaw AMPD) was actually situated just 10 miles from where I lived in Stoke-on-Trent!

So I plucked up the courage and rang the company and asked to speak to the manager of the Additive Manufacturing Products Division. I showed great interest and asked for an interview for a 4-week unpaid placement...to which they were hesitant, but finally accepted. (woohoo!).

The interview process was extremely nerve-racking, which involved being asked to put my design and engineering ability to the test. I went in for the interview on the Friday, and by Monday I was working in the office. After a week of unpaid work, they extended my placement to a full summer paid placement, and then after that to an agreement of a one-day per week contract while at University in my third year, to eventually my full time Industrial Design Engineer Graduate contract!

What does your job role involve?

I work at Renishaw's Additive Manufacturing Products Division as an Industrial Design Engineer Graduate, based in our new state-of-the-art facility in Stone, Staffordshire. I'm currently working on various design tasks involved in making the processes of metal additive manufacturing as safe and intuitive as possible. This involves designing new processes and machinery, presenting new design plans to the company’s founder, Sir David McMurtry, himself, and aiding in the development of the new Evo Project set to be released on the market very soon!

What’s the best part of your job?

The best thing about working for Renishaw is the freedom of design opportunity. Their key ideology of "apply innovation" really is an important factor behind every spark of an idea, which really encourages you to work to the best of your ability.

How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton help you to gain this job?

While at the University of Wolverhampton, the lecturers constantly pushed us our edge design ability. To design, prototype, test and redesign was extremely important factor to ultimately creating the best products we could create. The industrial knowledge behind David Henley, Robert Cooksey, Jane Cooksey, Ben Salter and Rhys Thomas was extremely valuable, and I doubt I'd be where I am now if it wasn't for their enthusiasm and motivation. They even invited myself and a fellow student, Richard Marshall down to London for an all-expenses paid live Super-yacht sketching competition. Even the study trips they organised to Milan, Eindhoven, Vitra, Bugatti, and more were incredibly invaluable, and actually showed us first hand that we as students are capable of being great.

What was the best part of studying Product Design at Wolverhampton?

The limitless knowledge from the lecturers, the freedom of creative work, the ability to choose our own briefs, to work and study at the same time, the opportunities to go on super amazing trips abroad, and finally the other great students that attended the course were all factors that made studying Product Design at the University of Wolverhampton one of the best and most memorable life choices I have ever and will ever make.

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