The IET is supporting a cohort of UK engineering students this autumn with an investment of £2m through the first IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. The institution will make the contribution to 540 of the top UK students who are starting an engineering degree in 2013/14.
The investment marks a further commitment by the institution to minimising the skills gap through encouraging the brightest and best students to study IET-accredited courses. These courses will set students on a path that is not only challenging and rewarding, but which is also seen as vital to the UK economy.
“With demand for more than two million engineers over the next few decades, it has never been more important to encourage young people to study engineering so that they are able to follow rewarding careers and ultimately protect the UK’s economic prosperity,” said IET president Professor Andy Hopper.
“This is the first year we have run this programme and we really hope that, as more people hear about the scholarship, more will be encouraged to think about studying engineering,” he added.
The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme was open to all UK students who achieved three 'A's at A level, three 'A' grade Advanced Highers, five 'A' grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who have been accepted to join an IET-accredited engineering or technology degree course this year.
Qualifying for the scholarship entitles those applicants who met the criteria to £1,000 per year during their studies, up to a maximum of £3,000 for Bachelors students and £4,000 for MEng students.
The IET received 1,144 applications of which 540 were successful. Some 19 per cent of the successful applicants were female, which, given that only 7 per cent of the UK’s engineering workforce is female, has been welcomed as a pleasant surprise to the scheme's organisers.
The 2013 winners are the first cohort who, it is hoped, will go on to become mentors to the 2014 Diamond Scholars in what is anticipated to be an annual award.
Find out more about the IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.