The UK Naval Engineering, Science & Technology (UKNEST) forum has awarded 14 scholarships worth £1,500 a year to science and engineering undergraduates.
In addition to their scholarships, the students will receive individual mentoring from UKNEST members. This will include site visits, potential for work-placements during vacations and support for project work. Scholars will also be “buddied” with graduate employees within the sector.
The scholarship scheme is now in its seventh year and attracted over 60 applicants that included 22 female students. Four women have been awarded scholarships. The range of universities and courses has increased this year with applications from physics, chemistry, and bio-engineering students as well as the more traditional subjects of mechanical and electrical engineering. It was particularly encouraging to receive so many applications from the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester that have featured rarely in previous awards.
The scholarship competition required students to submit their CVs together with essays on “How the Royal Navy of 2050 will be influenced by developments in science & technology”. A panel of experts, drawn from UKNEST Members judged the essays. Final selection was made after short-listed students attended interviews. The selection panel remarked on the high-calibre of all students and their excellent appreciation of the role of engineers. Indeed, it was decided to award two additional scholarships this year because of the high standards.
The students attended a UKNEST Programme Board meeting at GE Power facilities in Rugby. During the day, the scholars visited test facilities for the future Type 26 frigate and enjoyed a “fireside chat” with a senior engineer to learn more about career opportunities in the naval sector.
The students awarded the scholarships are:
- Tim Powell – University of Nottingham
- Nikita Minhas – University of Leicester
- Nick Bailey from – University of Nottingham
- Chloe Xie from - University of Nottingham
- George Zaburda – University of Bath
- George Pearce – University of Birmingham
- Jack Reynolds – University of Exeter
- Federico Sanna – Imperial College
- Sam Baker – University of Newcastle
- Priya Dhami - University of Nottingham
- Will MacLeod – University of Southampton
- Cameron Scott – University of Strathclyde
- Wessam Hassan – University of Bristol
- Linda Drozd – University of Bristol