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Diamond Jubilee Scholarships launched to tackle skills shortage

The IET has launched a scholarships programme aimed at people embarking upon an IET accredited engineering or technology UK degree course in 2013.

The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships are named in honour of the IET’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen, and aim to help address the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills shortage in the UK.

"The main aim of the initiative is to encourage the brightest and best students to study IET accredited courses, which will put them on a path that is not only challenging and rewarding, but is also vital to future prosperity,” explains IET deputy president Professor Andy Hopper.

“One of the important roles of the IET is to catalyse and promote interactions between industry and academia. In the current economic climate, the flow of ideas, knowledge and skilled people from universities into industry is more important than at any time in recent history. The role to be played by the IET in this respect assumes even greater importance and the IET's Board of Trustees has made a significant commitment to the next generation of engineers.”

Entrants will need to have achieved three 'A' grades at A level, must be embarking upon an IET accredited programme from September or October 2013, must be a UK resident and not in receipt of another IET scholarship or grant.

Students who meet the minimum criteria will then be entitled to an IET scholarship of £1,000 per year for the duration of their degree course.

Entry opens for applications in January 2013 at www.theiet.org/ambition.

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