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LSBU University student wins national bursary for engineering talent

29 January 2018
Tobias Talbot LSBU engineering student

LSBU engineering student, Tobias Talbot celebrates his success after being selected to receive an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Tobias, who is in his third year studying engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU) has been awarded a bursary for £3000 after he met the criteria for studying on an IET accredited engineering degree course for MEng students. The scheme is now in its second year and selected winners will benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s networks.

The IET bursary scheme is designed to support students entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualifications, as well as those in challenging circumstances.

The IET Engineering Horizons Bursary programme is open to all UK students who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course, or are already studying on a course (except final year students). Those who are selected receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.

The investment is being made in collaboration with Exilarch’s Foundation, The Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers), The Manly Trust, Nigel and Ruth Fine, Mr & Mrs Tubbs, National Grid and Siemens.

Dr Safia Barikzai, LSBU Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, said:“This is great news and highlights the talented students that we have here. Competition is high and Tobias has been breaking the mould with his drive for engineering. We are delighted that he is 1 of only 75 nationally selected to receive a bursary by the IET. It’s a fantastic achievement and a great start to 2018 for LSBU's School of Engineering.”

Tobias has already been working as an engineer for Scottish and Southern Energy. He decided to take a break to study further and has since excelled with his work on this project at LSBU achieving consistently top grades. He is also the first LSBU student to win the Shadow a CEO for a day competition. He will be shadowing Jon Stanton – the CEO of top engineering firm, Weir Group, in the Spring.

Tobias said:“This bursary has really boosted my future prospects in engineering. I’ve had an enriching time so far at LSBU and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Nick Winser CBE, IET’s President commented: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support talented apprentices and undergraduate students who have overcome obstacles and personal challenges to pursue an engineering education and career for the second year in a row.

“We hope that the scheme will continue to grow and we will build the number of our bursary winners, who have a passion for engineering and are keen to promote engineering to others.”

 
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