Former St Swithun’s, Winchester pupil Lydia Robinson, from Alresford, who left the school in summer 2016 has been awarded a prestigious Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from The Institute of Engineering and Technology for her studies in General Engineering at Durham University.
Lydia, who took mathematics, physics, further mathematics and chemistry at A2 level at St Swithun’s, applied for the scholarship on the recommendation of one of her teachers. The scholarship consists of at least £1,000 per year during her studies up to a maximum of £3,000 for Bachelors students and at least £4,000 for MEng students.
The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships are named in honour of the IET’s patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and aim to help address the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills shortage in the UK. The main aim of the initiative is to encourage talented 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.
This year, 100 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 2016, and 51% of these have been awarded to female candidates.
Jeremy Watson CBE, IET President, said: “In a world where technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe we need to think more broadly and remove unnecessary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.
“With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to over 100 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.”
Lydia, who plans to use some of the money for a new laptop and books for her studies, said “I chose to do general engineering at university because I am interested in trying out all of the disciplines before I decide what to specialise in. I participated in Greenpower (designing, building and making electric cars) for 7 years at St Swithun’s. This helped me see the practical side to engineering and it was so involving and fun that I decided to study engineering at university”.
Lydia (standing at the back) with the St Swithun's Greenpower team in 2015