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UCL University student wins national bursary for engineering talent

The Institution of Engineering and Technology's Engineering Horizons Bursary offers long-term financial support to 75 engineering students and apprentices in the UK.

A student from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering has celebrated their success after receiving an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The bursaries are awarded to students who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course which has been accredited by the IET.

In this second year of the scheme, 75 bursaries have been awarded to students and apprentices. The scheme helps students entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualification, as well as those in challenging circumstances. 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.

The winning student Sarah Trattles said “'I feel honoured receiving the IET's Engineering Horizons Bursary. To be chosen as a recipient out of all the people that applied is a fantastic opportunity, and the fact they have recognised my passion for engineering and are willing to support me during the rest of my degree is amazing. I look forward to being an ambassador for them and representing them as a recipient of this bursary.”

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.”

The investment is being made in collaboration with Exilarch’s Foundation, The Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers), The Manly Trust , Nigel and Ruth Fine, Mr & Mrs Tubbs, National Grid and  Siemens

The IET Engineering Horizons Bursary programme is open to all UK students who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course, or are already studying on a course (except final year students).  Those who are selected will receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.

Prospective students who are wishing to apply for an Engineering Horizons Bursary can apply online soon. See www.theiet.org/horizons