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Ford scholarship inspires engineering students

Published: 
4 September 2017

Demonstrating the University’s close connections with industry, Ford Motor Company, is helping to develop the next generation of student engineers, scientists and innovators by providing bursaries of up to £10,000 per student through its Blue Oval Scholarship Programme.

For the 2017 programme, we are pleased to announce that three of our Mechanical Engineering undergraduates; Tim Dunn, Kirsty Lynch and Michael Leat, despite facing strong competition, have each been awarded a bursary.

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Tim Dunn, MEng Mechanical Engineering, second year

Tim, a keen cyclist, entered the scholarship award because it was “an excellent way to differentiate myself from others on my course”. He goes on to say that “I like to always do my best, whether that’s in an academic exam or a 100m sprint….I think most people who applied for the award are automotive enthusiasts, I’m more interested in the sustainability and energy side of things".

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Kirsty Lynch, MEng Mechanical Engineering/Automotive, second year

Kirsty, however, applied for the scholarship as she is passionate about automotive engineering, “I have always enjoyed working with cars having done it at a young age helping my Dad.  I also have a love of motorsport and have been following F1 since the age of six”.

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Michael Leat, MEng Mechanical Engineering, second year

Michael says: “I was drawn to enter the competition due to an interest in the automotive sector and keen to take part in anything related to one of the world’s most important automotive companies”. 

The award is not only aimed at propelling students through a course of study or to fund specific projects, but also to encourage them to explore avenues that they may not have previously considered. 

In addition, it can help students add value to their career path by opening up work placement opportunities.

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