April 2021

Samuel's Student Story

By Samuel Salter

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Samuel Salter 

Aviation and Airport Management BA (Hons)

Leading the way in aerospace 

As a business leadership graduate for Collins Aerospace, Samuel is flying the flag for industry improvement – and it all started at University College Birmingham.  

Graduating with a first-class degree in Aviation and Airport Management in 2019, Samuel is now also a continuous improvement associate for the company, one of the world's leading providers of aerospace systems and services for commercial aircraft and part of Raytheon Technologies based in Wolverhampton.  

Career highlights include working with the world’s largest aerospace companies, including Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed and Irkut, with an ambition to work in the aftermarket division on the likes of British Airways and Singapore Airlines’ A380 and A350 programmes and the company’s US-based cockpit and flight controls division.

He said the “uniqueness” of his degree had set him apart. “The modules were varied and there is a genuine correlation between what you study and real-life working,” said Samuel, who will undergo six placements across different areas of the business as part of the graduate scheme, which he can tailor to fit his development plan. 

“Millions of dollars could be on the line and learning time-management is a must. “The international trips were great for adding another twist to assignments. 

“The university campus is modern with a community feel, and despite being a ‘smaller’ university, the teaching is of such a high quality. And the lecturers are approachable, offering support where needed. 

“Location wise, it’s spot-on, with plenty of opportunities in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

“If you are considering taking this course, I’d say, go for it. You have nothing to lose, but an awful lot to gain. And don’t think there’s only airlines and airports to work at – it doesn’t stop there.” 

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