The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has made its largest ever award of Scholarships to future leaders in the engineering profession. 410 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded at Ceremonies in London and Glasgow.
We here at the School of Engineering were happy to introduce Charlie Harrison as The University of Edinburgh Arkwright Engineering Scholar for 2014/15. Director of Teaching, Stephen Warrington, presented Charlie with her certificate at the 2014 Ceremonies event in Glasgow.
These Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the STEM careers pipeline.
The new Arkwright Engineering Scholars received their awards at prestigious Ceremonies supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. This year’s Scholars come from all educational backgrounds across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. The Scholarships support STEM students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.
Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “Numerous learned reports have shown that the UK’s economic prosperity requires hundreds of thousands of new engineers and technical designers over the next few years. But we must also recognise that numbers, alone, will not ensure our country’s future economic success. We also need some of these new engineers and designers to be modern-day Sir Richard Arkwrights or James Dysons – outstanding technical leaders able to guide their country to engineering success. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships help to develop this pipeline of top talent into the engineering profession.”
Interested? The Application Round for the 2015 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships will open at midday on Wednesday 12th November. Further information can be found here.