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Diamond Jubilee Scholarships launched to help address key skills shortage

Diamond Jubilee Scholarships launched to help address key skills shortage
The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Europe’s biggest professional engineering body, has launched a new scholarships programme aimed at those embarking upon an IET accredited engineering or technology UK degree course in 2013.

The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships are named in honour of the IET’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen, and aim to help address the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills shortage in the UK.

Professor Andy Hopper, IET Deputy President, said: "The main aim of the initiative is to encourage the brightest and best 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.  One of the important roles of the Institution of Engineering and Technology is to catalyse and promote interactions between industry and academia. In the current economic climate, the flow of ideas, knowledge, and skilled people from universities into industry is more important than at any time in recent history. The role to be played by the IET in this respect assumes even greater importance and the IET's Board of Trustees has made a significant commitment to the next generation of engineers".

Entry opens for applications in January 2013. Students who meet the minimum criteria will be entitled to an IET scholarship of £1,000 per year for the duration of their degree course. Entrants will need to have achieved 3 ‘A’ grades at A-level; must be embarking upon an IET accredited programme from September or October 2013; a UK resident; and not in receipt of another IET scholarship or grant.

In 2011 the IET provided over £500,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships to promote excellence and research in the sector, endorse women entering the profession and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.