Date of release: Thursday, April 23, 2015

In March this year, thirty five Technlogy Manufacturing and Engineering students were treated with a half-day go-karting experience at Bayford Meadows circuit in Kent.

Dr Anna Romanova, TME programme leader says,

"We have identified this activity as a great opportunity for our students to get out of their campus shell, bond and have fun whilst learning. The event provides an example of Time Value of Money Theory (podium prize in our case) and proves the importance of having a tactical plan, identifying chances early and taking risks - all transferable skills to business world. Of course, by over-heating the engine whilst overtaking on that hammer-head turn, the go kart could stall and the winning position could be lost which is a drawback of taking high risks.

Dr Caroline Tite was supervising the students on the day: "It was a good day out, and all of the participating students enjoyed the day and most were eager to get out on the track and have a go. Several had considerable nerves to overcome, but they all participated in the end and enjoyed the day. On the track, students were divided into 4 groups and raced against each other for a good half an hour each, a great experience."

The students agreed it was a good day and they had fun. One of the winners, thought the trip was exciting and hopes there X more next year. Another student said "The trip was really good, tried something new which was exciting and met new people. Would be great if there were more activities like this".

Dr Alec Coutroubis, Head of Department said "The students have provided a fair degree of positive feedback and we will try to organise such events on annual basis".