Degree success for former HND engineering student Amin Bensiali

Former HND engineering student Amin Bensiali

16 Apr 2023
Former HND engineering student Amin Bensiali Image
Former HND engineering student Amin Bensiali Image

After being out of education for many years, 37-year-old Amin Bensiali returned to college in 2012 to study for the part-time HNC in mechanical engineering, progressed to an HND qualification and, just six years later, has graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Oxford Brookes University.

Amin, who has worked in the compressed cryogenic gas industry for the last 11 years, said: “I first went to university when I left school but realised, at that age, that it wasn’t the right environment for me to maximise my potential so I left and started working instead.

“However, despite being successful in what I did I always felt that there was ‘something missing’ and so I returned to college to do my HNC and HND in order to gain the qualifications I needed to apply to university as a mature student.

“Studying at college was the ideal learning environment for someone like me who had been out of education for many years – it offered university-level teaching with the one-to-one support and personal feedback. This allowed me to hone my learning, writing and presentation skills and, by the time I came to complete my degree, the quality of my work was far superior than fellow students who had gone through university from the start.

“Studying at a college allows you to learn academically and apply what you learn directly in your day-to-day work life and moulds you into a modern-day engineer with managerial skills and financial knowhow.”

Amin, who now plans to obtain chartered status within the industry, added: “I feel, relieved, content and proud to have achieved my degree.”