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Lukáš Mácha

Our scholarship holder 2016 – 2020


University of Derby

Field of study

Motorsport Engineering


I grew up in Božejovice, a colorful little village in southern Bohemia. After doing my first few years at the elementary school in nearby Jistebnice I began discovering the amazing things SPŠ Tábor offered students who wanted more than just to go to school, sit out those few hours, and then, bored, go home. In the second year there I had an opportunity to join the Electric Vehicles project, the purpose of which studied zero emission electric vehicles, which we also built ourselves. During this project we went to see a host of exhibitions, including AMPER which is held in Brno every year, and also visited the Linzer Technikum (HTL), or LiTec, in Linz, Austria, where we attended their Project Day where local students present their annual projects.

In May 2014, I visited Fakultät für Informatik, Kommunikation und Medien in Hagenberg, Upper Austria, thanks to The Euro-Regional Cooperation in the Upper Austria/Southern Bohemia Border Region 2013-2014 project organized by the Southern Bohemian Region. When the Dean described the university for us, an idea spawned in my head: go abroad to study; however, I didn’t know any German and my English was poor.

Well, OK, so suddenly we were at the beginning of the fourth year, September 2015, and all I heard all the time was one question: “Where are you go to college?” One application, for ČVUT, the Theoretical Basis of Mechanical Engineering course, was very clear, I wouldn’t ruin anything applying there, I told myself; however, what about studying abroad? The U.S.? Too far. Germany? I can’t sprechen. The U.K.? Hmm, that might work. Earlier, I browsed the internet for universities I would like--Uni of Derby, Bradford, Swansea, Teeside, Sunderland. Good ratings for the quality of their technical courses, and studying in smaller towns didn’t reek of gigantic costs of living. Oh! Admitted conditionally! Following a few waking nights and a few hours spent on writing my Personal Statement, the biggest problem with which was to resist giving it all up, because you are writing about yourself and you can’t make up stories or exaggerate, the message from the university was a sweet reward. I only had to make my “firm and insurance choice”, pass the school leaving examination with the required average and somehow let the folks at home know that it was possible that I would only be coming home for Christmas for the next three years… All has turned out well, fortunately, and so in September, I am joining the University of Derby to fight for a B.Eng. in Motorsport and Motorcycle Manufacturing Engineering, backed by huge support provided by my whole family and friends, and, mainly, The Kellner Family Foundation.


Secondary School of Mechanical and Civil Engineering [SPŠ], Tábor (2012-2016)


The University of Derby, U.K., Motorsport Engineering



Successfully graduate from the University of Derby and promote the good name of both The Kellner Family Foundation and SPŠ Tábor. Perhaps try the master’s program... Who knows?


Anything that smells of gasoline or diesel; and also football, the Czech fire-fighting sport, and electric vehicles.

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After what was an incredible year at Jaguar Land Rover the reality of coming back to university after doing a placement year is not that great. If I was to recommend a placement year to someone that I would say go for it. Getting a year-long placement in the industry is a great opportunity to broaden experience, knowledge, get an idea of what it is like working for company as a full-time employee but mainly to meet new people with the same area of interest (I.e. in my case engineering). From my own experience I found transfer from University life to work life much easier than now the transfer from work life back to university life. Even though one might be able to get a lay in during the week and get up after 7am say on Wednesday, having a routine of getting up early in the morning and then going to bed relatively early in the evening as one must get up again and go to work worked really well for me. Two things I took away from my placement year that will help me in getting through my final year at the university is time management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities at the same time. Even though I had an experience of managing multiple assignment at the same time at the university it is not quite the same as managing or participating in multiple projects in the industry at the same time. My feeling is that anyone who is considering doing a placement year it is obviously great for the industry-based experience, that is for sure but another aspect of looking at doing a year in industry could be to develop transferable skills which are very valued by employers and might help daily.