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Student Member Profile: Lawrence Swain

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What degree are you studying? And what inspired you to pursue this degree? 
I am currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Energy Engineering with the University of East Anglia in Norwich. I was inspired to pursue this degree as it fitted well with the A-Levels I studied and my interest in engineering. By choosing energy engineering specifically, it has placed me into a cutting-edge sector which is important for the sustainability required for the planet in all aspects. 

What is it about energy that interests you the most?  
Energy is one of the most important aspects of society, and without it, human necessities would not be available, such as water and food. We are at a critical point in history where decisions we make now will influence and impact the direct future and this is why it is so important that development takes place now. Energy is the grounding in most aspects of life, so, to make this sustainable is a great step forward in preserving essentials for the future. 

Why did you sign up to become a Student member of the EI? 
My university offered a student membership with the Energy Institute and this was invaluable to me, with my degree being relevant to the energy sector. It was also a great opportunity to be plumbed into a vast network of energy professionals and access to professional developments, such as this campaign, which have benefitted my studies. Also, being a Student Member means that when I do finish my degree, I can have access straight to the relevant institute, which would otherwise not be readily accessible. 

What aspect(s) of our EI student membership have you benefitted from the most / has helped you during your studies? 
The subscription to the Student newsletter and the New Energy World magazine has really helped shine a light on the real world problems out there and different solutions to these problems. It also allows students to recognise companies which are working towards a sustainable future and reducing carbon emissions.  


Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?  
As of yet, I’m still not 100% sure which direction I would like my career progression to head, and I still have time at University to think about it, having just completed my first year. I would like to have progressed professionally, and the Energy Institute is a good starting place for this; I also aspire to become professionally registered as well. I hope that in 10 years’ time, I can say that I have, in some way, contributed to the developments made towards lower carbon emissions and targets have been met, as set out in the Paris Agreement.

Studies aside, what do you like to do in your spare time? 
I currently work part-time at two sports centres as a lifeguard and have a passion for music, both playing the piano and flute, and musical literacy. I also enjoy cycling. I am passionate about energy engineering too and thoroughly enjoy furthering my interests in the energy sector – I have recently completed two courses with the United Nations on Climate Change and Energy Efficient Ship Operation, along with various site visits to energy and engineering companies, which has given me a valuable insight into the industry.