As Network75 celebrates its 20th Birthday, we remember key events from the past 20 years.
Network75 celebrates its 20th birthday during the 2020-21 academic year. The scheme was created in September 2000 by Steve Thomas and Steve Lloyd who at the time were lecturers in engineering at the University of Glamorgan. The scheme was initially a European Social Fund (ESF) project. The idea was to encourage more students to study mechanical engineering and the target was to have 15 students in each year for 5 years, a Network of 75 engineers. In 2005 the first Network75 business graduate Louise Hawker joined the team. Once ESF funding ended in 2006 the scheme continued as a self-funded model. The scheme has grown in popularity since then, the degree areas on offer have grown to 12 degrees across the Faculty of Computing Engineering and Science and the Faculty of Business and Society. To date there are close to 170 current students in 70 companies across South Wales.
Here are just some of our Network75 graduates and memories from the past 20 years.