‘Driven’ student joins McLaren manufacturing team

Thomas has graduated with an MSc in Advanced Materials Engineering

Date posted

31 October 2019


A new Edinburgh Napier graduate is enjoying life in the fast lane after taking up a dream job with motoring giants McLaren.

Thomas Saxby, 22, today received his MSc in Advanced Materials Engineering in a ceremony at the Usher Hall.

However, he has wasted no time in chasing his ambition to work at the cutting edge of the automobile industry, having already got two months under his belt at the new McLaren Composite Technology Centre in Sheffield.Engineering graduate Thomas Saxby

Thomas is part of the team manufacturing the carbon fibre monocoque that goes into McLaren Road Cars, the monocoque being the chassis structure that protects the occupants and allows for the outer body parts to attach.

Thomas came to Edinburgh Napier after completing a previous BEng degree in Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes University.

Prior to landing his role as a Composites Technician with McLaren, he had made his mark by being honoured for outstanding performance in his Plastics Materials module by the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association.  Thomas was awarded the SPRA Scholarship Prize at an industry dinner in March.

Thomas, originally from Hull, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Edinburgh Napier.  The course was everything I expected it to be, and it will stand me in good stead for my chosen career. It was great to have my hard work and commitment recognised with the industry award, and I am very proud to have won it.

“I am really loving working for McLaren Automotive, and my hopes for the future are to progress within the company and work my way up to become a Principal Engineer.”

Neil Shearer, Programme Leader in Advanced Materials Engineering at Edinburgh Napier, said: “Thomas was a driven student, and his Masters course allowed him to develop his knowledge and understanding of all engineering materials and manufacturing.

“He applied this knowledge to the automotive industry throughout the course, and he has a bright future ahead of him.”