F1 team member to launch new foundation degree

30th March 2009 3:39pm - Return to press releases

A leading expert in Formula One aerodynamics will officially launch a new foundation degree course at East Riding College in May.
Mike Elliott, team leader and senior aerodynamicist at Renault F1, will be attending a higher education "bite size" session at the College's Beverley campus on May 8.
The session will be an opportunity for prospective students to discuss F1 aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics with one of the leading experts in this field.
It will also mark the official launch of the College's Foundation Degree in Automotive Technologies, which will run for the first time from September. 

Dave Skelly, head of curriculum area for Motor Vehicle and Engineering, said: "We are really grateful that Mike has agreed to come to the College to talk to prospective students and to launch our new foundation degree.
"This session will show people the kind of fascinating career they can have with a higher education qualification in automotive technologies.
"It will also be a relaxed and informal opportunity to talk to Mike about his work and vehicle aerodynamics in general."

Mike was educated at Driffield School and Imperial College, London, where he achieved a PhD in Aeronautics before joining the McLaren F1 team in 1999.  He moved to Renault in 2008. His dad, Steve, is motor vehicle curriculum leader at the College. 
The May 8 event is part of a six-session programme of bite size events taking place during April and May which are designed to help people find out about the College's new Foundation Degree in Automotive Technologies.
The programme will help people develop the study skills they need for the foundation degree and find out more about what it entails. 

The bite-size programme starts on Wednesday, 6 May and runs for six weeks. Anyone wishing to attend the Formula One session must be registered for the full bite size programme. For more information about the bite size programme or the Foundation Degree in Automotive Technologies, call Kate Murdock on (01482) 306696 or email yhelln@eastridingcollege.ac.uk


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