Date of release: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GraduateCharles Martin-Bassett is only in his twenties but he has already launched his own company and is planning to unveil an innovative road and track car later this year – thanks to studying Engineering Business Management at the University of Greenwich.

Charles left Greenacre Academy, Walderslade, in Kent, at the age of 16 and gained plenty of hands-on experience working for an engineering company in Oxfordshire.

But he soon realised he would need further qualifications to become a professional engineer. He took A-levels at Mid-Kent College and then discovered the University of Greenwich’s Engineering Business Management BEng (Hons) course at the Medway Campus – and has not looked back since.

By the time Charles graduated this summer, he had set up his own business and drawn up designs for his dream road and track car – a project that is in the process of attracting substantial investment. Charles is hoping the ultra-lightweight vehicle will be in production by the end of the year.

“The degree course – and the university team led by Dr Alec Coutroubis – gave me everything I needed,” Charles says.

“At the beginning I wanted to concentrate on quality management and assurance, which I had worked in before. But the scope of the degree has given me a thorough understanding of engineering practices, improved my design skills, taught me how write a comprehensive business plan, and given me the expertise to set up and run a company. Even more importantly, I learned how to attract investors to back my ideas.

“Thanks to Dr Coutroubis’ mentoring and advice, and the tremendous resources and expertise available through the university, it all became possible.”

Charles was also presented with the Faculty of Engineering & Science Award for ‘Best Overall Performance at Stage 3’ during his graduation ceremony this July at Rochester Cathedral.

Dr Coutroubis believes many other students could be following in Charles’ footsteps.

“We need to encourage our young people to discover the subjects that really interest them and help them turn those interests into businesses and generate wealth – to support themselves and grow the economy,” he says.

“A good grounding in engineering and design backed by sound business knowledge is precisely what our future entrepreneurs need to develop their ideas and take them to market.”

Clearing, the last chance to apply for a university course starting this autumn, is now open. Find out more about Clearing and course vacancies at the University of Greenwich see www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/clearing or call 020 8331 9000.

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