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PART time students Julie Philips and Melanie Gadd have been asked to help run a pilot of a new distance-learning module as part of the MSc Manufacturing and Engineering Management course at Coventry University.
Julie and Melanie both work full-time at Jaguar Cars and are looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to help shape the course for future students.
Julie studied for her first degree in what was then called Technical Communication, now Communication Design, at Coventry University.
Her role as a technical author at Jaguar involves researching and writing solutions to problems on vehicles and informing dealerships about ways to resolve these problems.
Her interest in engineering came as a result of working in this environment and a personal desire to expand her knowledge.
She said: "Unlike many of the other students on the MSc course I am actually paying the tuition fees myself. The course is not related to the work I'm involved in now but I'm hoping that this course will open doors for me within Jaguar.
"There are certain elements of the course that I'm really interested in and would love to look at in more depth."
Melanie Gadd works as a print and distribution supervisor within Jaguar. This role involves printing the owners' literature for the vehicles and distributing it around the company, as well as the global network of Jaguar.
Melanie said: "I took part in a management diploma offered by Jaguar and really enjoyed the course.
"When this came to an end I felt like there was something missing from my life.
"I would hear other people talking about their degree courses or their qualifications and I started to think "I can do that. …