Trinity alumna is awarded Diamond Jubilee Scholarship to pursue engineering career.
A former student from Trinity School has celebrated their success at receiving the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Imogen O’Connor from Purley, who left Trinity in 2015, is part of an elite set of engineering students who have been awarded the prestigious award as the IET and its partners invest £3million in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent over the next five years to tackle the lack of engineers. The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its third year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever growing skills gap which has increased for the ninth year running*.
This year, 102 scholarships have been awarded to students who started either a Masters or an Undergraduate engineering degree at a UK based university in the autumn of 2015, and 29% of these have been awarded to female candidates.
Naomi Climer, IET President, commented: “Research from the IET this year to launch its Engineer a Better World campaign highlighted some of the barriers facing the industry in its attempt to encourage and eventually recruit talented young people – particularly girls and women. In order to ensure we have the workforce that is able to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we need to do everything we can now to attract young people to our industry.
“With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to the 102 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarships. We hope that they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges.”
Trinity Head of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), Bill Tucker said: “I am delighted that Imogen has won this prestigious scholarship. She is an extremely gifted and hard-working scientist and last year won the Jonathan Harrison Prize for Engineering at Trinity.”
The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is open to all UK students hoping to achieve 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 'A' grade Advanced Highers, 5 'A' grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course. Those who are selected receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.
Prospective students who are wishing to apply for a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship can apply online soon. See www.theiet.org/diamond.