Arc Founder and CEO Mark Truman accompanied by the Arc Vector Motorcycle returned to University Wales Trinity Saint David to take part in a conference at the university’s IQ Building in Swansea to discuss careers in the field of Motorsport and Motorcycle Engineering.
The conference aimed to inspire students by providing insight from industry experts who began their careers in the same place, highlighting the achievable possibilities and opportunities within reach. The day also provided a reunion opportunity for the alumni, some of whom overlapped while studying at UWTSD.
The Automotive Engineering department at UWTSD has a long history of producing highly successful engineers in the field of Motorsport and Motorcycle engineering. With alumni, including Mark Truman going on to work in some of the most prestigious companies in the world, including Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers and major motorcycle manufacturers.
Abi Summerfield, Senior Lecturer in Motorsports Engineering at UWTSD, said: “The day was inspiring for the speakers and students who attended. It reassured us that the guidance we get from industry advisors on our course content makes our graduates distinctive and highly employable. It has reinforced that our combination of practical experience combined with traditional academic content is our unique selling point.”
Reflecting on his time at UWTSD, Mark Truman described it as “incredibly helpful and nourishing, the things I learnt in terms of work ethic have been invaluable, which I’ve carried with me throughout my career”.
“The fundamentally great thing about this university is the real hands-on, practical experience that it gives people. I had looked at more theoretical courses at the time, and I don’t think any of them would have ignited the passion in me as much as being able to get my hands on vehicles, experiment, make modifications and take them on the track to see how they perform. That’s something this university does extremely well.” Offering advice to current students, he says: “Don’t be afraid to take risks, don’t give up, and really cherish what you’ve got. If you keep trying, you’ll get there in the end.”