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Undergraduates awarded IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

Congratulations to Amita Jettana and Alina Sara Khaliq
Undergraduates awarded IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

Amita Jettana

Two female undergraduate students from University College London have celebrated their success after receiving the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Amita Jettana and Alina Sara Khaliq recently started their first year studying towards an Meng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. They are just one of the many talented set of engineering students who have been awarded the prestigious award as the IET and its partners invest £3 million in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent over the next five years to tackle the lack of engineers.

The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its fifth year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever growing skills gap which has increased for the ninth year running*.

This year, 100 scholarships have been awarded to students who started either a Masters or an Undergraduate engineering degree at a UK based university in the autumn of 2016, and 51% of these have been awarded to female candidates.

Jeremy Watson, IET President commented:

“In a world where 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.

With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to the 100 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarship. We hope that they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges"

Head of UCL EEE Professor Sarah Spurgeon said:

“I am delighted to send congratulations on behalf of all in EEE to Amita Jettana and Alina Sara Khaliq on the award of these prestigious IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.”

The investment is being made in collaboration with the Belling Charitable Settlement, the ERA Foundation, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Siemens, BAE Systems and BT.

The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is open to all UK students hoping to achieve 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 'A' grade Advanced Highers, 5 'A' grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course. Those who are selected receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.

Prospective students who are wishing to apply for a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship can apply online soon. See http://www.theiet.org/diamond