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University of York students win national bursary for engineering talent

Posted on 24 January 2018

Three students from the University of York have celebrated success after receiving an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Established by The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2016, the Engineering Horizons Bursary helps students entering an apprenticeship or engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as BTECs, HNDs, Access to Higher Education Diplomas or other vocational qualifications, as well as those in challenging circumstances. 

Louis Newman, first year student of MEng Electronic and Communication Engineering, Samuel Jarvis, Foundation student of BEng Electronic Engineering and Nicolaus Starke, third year student of MEng Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems, are among 75 students to receive the bursary. The sponsorship will be £1,000 for up to four years and winners also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks.

Professor Andy Tyrrell, Head of Department of the Electronic Engineering Department at the University of York, commented: “These are very competitive awards and to get one is wonderful. For three students in the department to be awarded these is fantastic and a testament to our student’s abilities and enthusiasm for engineering.”

As one of the students to be awarded the coveted bursary, Sam Jarvis, Foundation student at the University of York, said: "I am thrilled to be a successful recipient of the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary. Financially, this award will make a huge difference to me. Also, I will be able to afford study materials and a laptop. It’s not just about finances; this award offers the opportunity to meet with IET members, an international community of Engineers, and get to know them, their companies and their experiences.”

First year student, Louis Newman, furthered: “The Horizons Bursary means that I no longer have to work long night shifts, instead, I can focus on my studies. I am hoping the scheme will open up connections within the IET whom I can look to for guidance in the pursuit of my new career. These connections will be of great use both during and after my studies when applying for patents and developing my own electronic innovations.”

Nick Winser, IET President, commented: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support talented apprentices and undergraduate students who have overcome obstacles and personal challenges to pursue an engineering education and career for the second year in a row. We hope that the scheme will continue to grow and we will build the number of our bursary winners, who have a passion for engineering and are keen to promote engineering to others.”

Find out more about the IET Engineering Horizon Bursaries and apply online before 11 October 2018.

See further awards and funding available to eligible students.