Robin Jones graduated from UCLan last year with a Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering. Within a week he joined Together Energy, part of Together Housing Group, as a Renewable Energy Project Officer.
As such, Robin has been instrumental in the reduction of the carbon footprint of the organisation, helping tenants save money on their energy bills and improving their comfort at home via projects such as solar PV and battery installations.
Together Energy has been working in partnership with UCLan to analyse data collected from sensors on Together Housing’s homes. While the data helps the students in their studies, it also helps Together Housing monitor the efficiency of its homes.
Now Robin has returned to his former university to give a guest lecture to students about his career progression, in a bid to spur on current students to follow their dreams and achieve similar success.
Robin said: “I originally thought I would end up working in offshore wind as I had engineering experience working offshore but after studying at UCLan I found the application of renewable technologies to housing very interesting and decided to pursue it as a career. There are many challenges within it; there are design elements that historical house design doesn’t account for, there is a real challenge behind decentralised power and the changes of battery technology needed to support variable renewable energy sources.”
As a mature student, Robin already had a background in energy with Chemical Engineering and was trying to get back into engineering already but the route he had tried really wasn’t working for him.
He said: “I got the funding to go back to University and my now wife was instrumental in helping me explore what I wanted to do. I was already following a good amount of different areas of renewable energy so going into housing felt like the right direction to go in and so far I have really enjoyed the work I’ve been doing.”
He added: “These students have potential to go on to do good work in any area of renewable energy. If I can help expand their knowledge with what I’ve learned so far then it’s worth taking time away from my work to help give them a step up.”
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) spokesperson said: “We are very proud of our 180,000 graduates who make up our diverse alumni community. They are an important part of our long history and, through the UCLan Alumni Network, they will always remain part of our future too.
“We are fortunate to have so many graduates, from a wide range of disciplines, who are happy to lend their support to help the next generation. Industry specific talks, live projects, work placements and graduate employment opportunities are all great experiences for students. Feedback from our students always confirms they appreciate our alumni giving up their time to discuss their career paths.”