As an engineering student, you could study any topics from waste management and recycling, to water treatment

What's it like to study... Engineering

Cat Clarkson studies Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham and has been studying engineering for the last seven years

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Dr Brooke Magnanti: 'Scrubbing toilets was far more offensive than being a call girl'

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Dry as a bone: a trainer in a plasma chamber

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It's easy enough to make a jacket water-resistant. But what about a shoe, a hearing aid or even a paper tissue? Hal Hodson meets the researchers taking waterproofing into the future

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