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Department welcomes Arkwright Engineering Scholarships winners

Posted on 3 December 2019

The Department of Electronic Engineering is sponsoring two A level students who have been awarded Arkwright Engineering Scholarships.

Professor Andy Tyrrell attended a ceremony in London last month in which our two scholars, Freya and Nyal, received their awards. Freya and Nyal are part of 415 talented students who will receive financial and mentoring support through their A levels and Scottish Advanced Higher qualifications, as part of a drive to inspire future leaders in engineering.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is a programme from national STEM education charity, the Smallpeice Trust, which has been providing scholarships to students since 1991. Since its inception, more than 5,700 young people have passed through the scholarship programme, including award-winning BBC presenter Steph McGovern, who forged a career at Black & Decker before moving into business journalism.

Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in engineering disciplines. These are gauged through a selection process comprising of an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference, a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam and a university-based interview. The scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships while offering access to a range of enrichment experiences such as industry conferences, Connect Days, mentoring, residential courses and university "VIP days".

We hope to forge a close link with Freya and Nyal over the next two years and look forward to having them join us for work experience next summer.