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29 Mar 2019

Wolfson School students awarded bursaries by the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Four Loughborough students have been awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Engineering Horizons Bursary.

Alexander Gent, Ellis Chappell, and Maryem Khan - who all study MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering - and Rebekah Walton, who studies MEng Mechanical Engineering, are four of 95 bursaries that have been awarded this year.

The bursaries are awarded to students and apprentices who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course or apprenticeship scheme which has been accredited or approved by the IET.

The sponsorship will be £1,000 per year for up to four years, and winners also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks.

Professor Chris Backhouse, Associate Dean of Teaching for Wolfson School, said: “I am very pleased to see four Wolfson School students being awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology Engineering Horizons Bursaries.

“Achieving four of these nationally competitive awards is a wonderful recognition of the competence and commitment of these students and an inspiration to others. I am sure that this is a strong indication of the future contribution that these students will make through their expertise as Wolfson School Engineers.”

Mike Carr, IET President, commented: “In a world where engineering and technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe we need to think more broadly and remove unnecessary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.

“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.

“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.”

Loughborough students who are interested in applying for an Engineering Horizons Bursary can apply online now.

Student Rebekah Walton commented: “It’s easy to think ‘I don’t stand a chance, why bother completing the application form’. But if you don’t try, you won’t stand a chance, so you may as well give it a go. You never know what might happen!”