The 2016 Scholars
In 2016 UKNEST and Lloyd's Register Foundation received over 50 applications for the Scholarship scheme and awarded 12 scholarships to Engineering and Science undergraduates. The standard of applicants has continued to increase since the Scholarships were founded in 2012.
The UK Naval Engineering, Science & Technology (UKNEST) forum has awarded 12 scholarships worth £3,000 a year to science and engineering undergraduates. Six of the scholarships are funded through a grant to UKNEST by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
In addition to their scholarships, the students will receive individual mentoring from UKNEST members. This will include site visits, potential for work-placements during vacations and support for project work. The scholarship scheme is now in its fifth year and again attracted over 50 applicants with an encouraging increase in the number of female students. Three females have been awarded scholarships and this includes the first award to an overseas student. The range of courses has also increased this year with awards to physics, software and business information students as well as the more traditional subjects of mechanical and systems engineering.
The scholarship competition required students to submit essays on the impact of autonomous systems of naval activities. A panel of experts, drawn from UKNEST, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, judged the essays. Final selection was made after short-listed students attended interviews during which they were required to discuss the role of autonomy. The selection panel remarked on the high-calibre of all students and their excellent appreciation of the role of engineers. This was particularly noteworthy from those students who had spent time working with companies in the naval sector. Successful students were from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow Caledonian, Leicester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Newcastle, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Strathclyde.
The students attended an award ceremony at a UKNEST Programme Board meeting at Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth, where they were presented with scholarship certificates by the Tony Graham, UKNEST Chairman. The students participated in a debate about communicating with the primary and secondary schools to encourage interest in the naval sector. They also enjoyed a visit to the Naval Base that included a visit to a frigate.
The scholar’s time was summed up by Oishi Deb, our first overseas student; “The day was jam-packed with workshops, tours, and visits. I was really amazed to see a Dockyard in operation with all sorts of engineering work going on. We enjoyed a tour on-board a Royal Navy frigate and it was a great experience to hear from the Royal Navy officers and engineers about their amazing work. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the ship and appreciate the complex engineering design.“