Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee Scholars

23 December 2013
IET Communications team
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IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship winners

IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship winners celebrate with a Dalek at the London Film Museum on 11 December.

IET scholarship winners attend special ceremony in London.

The 540 winners of the IET’s inaugural Diamond Jubilee Scholarships were invited to a special celebration ceremony at the London Film Museum on 11 December.

New in 2013, the IET has created these scholarships to attract more top grade students to engineering and technology university courses and future careers. The scholarships are an important addition to the IET’s ongoing efforts to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians.

The winners, all top UK students starting an engineering degree at 27 UK-based universities this year, will receive £1,000 per year during their studies, up to a maximum of £3,000 for Bachelors students and £4,000 for MEng students.

At the ceremony, they were presented with a certificate and a personal letter from IET president Barry Brooks. Barry opened the evening’s speeches by congratulating the winners and speaking about the engineering skills shortage and volunteering opportunities within the IET. He said: “There is an urgent need to encourage more young people into engineering and I hope that these scholarships will help to prompt an increase in those wanting to study towards an engineering career.

“We need more Young Professional volunteers involved with the IET. Volunteering is a fantastic way to build skills and confidence. It also offers a wealth of new networking and professional development opportunities to help you further your career so please bear this in mind for the future.”

The evening also saw this year’s Present around the World competition winner, Chris Bellamy, give an inspiring talk. Chris Spargo from the IET Scholarships Committee also talked to the scholars about how to get the most out of their IET membership. IET chief executive Nigel Fine closed the ceremony, congratulating the winners on their achievement.

Around 250 scholars were able to attend, and they and the rest of the 2013 cohort will be important student ambassadors for the IET in the future.

The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships form part of the IET’s wider awards series, which this year provided over £1 million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.