The scholarship programme aims to support engineering undergraduates who have the potential to become future leaders in engineering, and who are able to act as role models for future engineers. Recipients get the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to fulfil their potential, helping them to move into engineering leadership positions in UK industry soon after graduation. The scholarship enables undergraduates to undertake an accelerated personal development programme, with all scholars receiving £5,000 to be used over three years towards career personal development.
To find out more about the Engineering Leaders Scholarship we have spoken to the three recipients of the award, questioning them on the selection process, what it means to receive the award and how they hope to use the scholarship to build on their SELA experience.
What was it like to attend the selection event?
What does it mean to you to win the award?
‘Winning this award opens up so many more opportunities for me. Firstly, it enables me to engage in more personal development courses and activities to widen my Engineering skills set. It will also help me pay to travel to and RAEng events. Finally, it will allow me to have greater access to people in industry and research, which in turn will hopefully open up greater career opportunities for me in the future’ Kyle McLean (Cohort 2017).
How do you hope to use the scholarship to build on your SELA experience?
‘SELA has been a key factor in me winning this award, I hope to use the skills and opportunities available to me at the RAEng to help enhance our public engagement project, as well as show how important soft skills in addition to technical skills are in an engineering career, to other students. Being able to work in a team efficiently is vital to reaching any goal, and I feel this award and SELA will both help me achieve this’ Kyle McLean (Cohort 2017).