Nick Platts, Curriculum Leader for Design Technology/DoS,George Spencer Academy and Technology College writes: I wanted to share with you Bethany Griffin’s fantastic success. It would be great if we could recognise this in our local media and so inspire other students to apply for a scholarship. This will help to raise the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers for future economic recovery/generations.
George Spencer Academy press release:
Bethany Griffin from George Spencer Academy in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, has been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies her as one of the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.
The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarship/s provide the student/s with a £600 financial award to enhance their A level / Scottish Higher studies and a range of activities to enhance their understanding and experience of engineering. George Spencer Academy will also receive £400 for each Scholarship that its students have been awarded. The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and industrial companies and are supported by top engineering employers such as Rolls Royce, BT, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force and The Royal Navy.
Bethany had to successfully complete a rigorous selection process consisting of a detailed application form, a two hour aptitude paper and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.
The aptitude paper tested candidates’ flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. The interview was a grilling in which candidates had to discuss an engineering project they had conducted. During the interview day the candidates took part in a team exercise to solve a hands-on engineering problem working with students they had never met before. Candidates and their parents also toured the engineering facilities at the host university and explored the diversity of engineering and design careers and their importance to the UK economy.
The Scholarship/s will be formally presented at a ceremony hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in the year.
Dr Martin Thomas, National Director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I am delighted to see students from George Spencer Academy secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Broxtowe area. With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.