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Manufacturing firm Caterpillar has given a donation to five UK universities to support students studying STEM subjects.

Loughborough, Queen's, Nottingham, Sheffield and Birmingham are the five universities to benefit from a donation as part of Caterpillar’s ongoing commitment to sustainable education and the Caterpillar Foundation’s investment in STEM subjects that will help increase the UK pipeline of talent in these critical fields.

At the University of Nottingham the money will be used predominantly to provide student support for six scholarships in engineering, which will remain in place for the duration of their studies. It will also go towards a number of engineering taster days, which will be targeted at children from disadvantaged areas and will contribute towards an engineering, maths and computer science summer school in a few months time.

"STEM subjects have been identified by the government as being absolutely critical to the UK’s future prosperity and global competitiveness, and we are delighted that Caterpillar have chosen to work with us in the promotion of engineering in schools and colleges via our outreach programme, and through provision of a scholarship scheme for current students studying at the university,” said Professor Andrew Long, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

The company provides work experience opportunities for young people studying for STEM qualifications and Caterpillar Scholars will enjoy these opportunities at the company’s UK-based businesses with the objective to transition the scholars to candidates for its graduate development programme.

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