Since leaving BU, Lucy has embarked on an exciting career in fields that she didn’t even know existed.

As a Project Manager Lucy has worked on the design of submarine assemblies, got hands-on in large-scale manufacturing environments, managed the maintenance of power equipment for the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers and supporting frigates, co-ordinated the production of fibre optics and managed digital intelligence projects.

Alongside her ‘day job’ at BAE Systems, Lucy is fully committed to diversity and inclusivity, with personal highlights including leading the Bristol Women’s Network, becoming a Mental Health First Aider, and working as an active STEM ambassador – including delivering lectures at BU.

Lucy believes that she can trace everything she’s accomplished back to the fundamentals she learned whilst studying at BU. Whether that’s the importance of continuous learning, how to communicate effectively with stakeholders through her senior student ambassador work, networking through her placement year or learning what ‘critical path analysis’ is and when to apply it – all skills that have helped her flourish professionally.

Lucy says: “I think BU taught me a lot more than the modules I covered in the course – I learned key life skills that have enabled a fast career progression I could not have predicted.”


Name: Lucy Edwards 
Age: 29
Job role: Project Manager
Organisation: BAE Systems
Course studied: BSc (Hons) Product Design
Graduated: 2016

What their colleagues say

Lucy is a fantastic candidate for the 30 under 30 campaign, having had a diverse and successful career since leaving Bournemouth University. In particular, the last 18 months with BAE Systems has seen her rapidly progress from an Assistant Position to one of our Senior Project Managers, leading a significant team delivering one of our largest and most complex programmes. Lucy continually demonstrates the characteristics for continued progression through management and has an exciting future ahead of her."

Oliver Govier – Head of Fixed Solutions, C5ISR, BAE Systems, Digital Intelligence