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Aspiring Engineers Receive Bursary Awards

29 November 2016 CandoFM News


Talented young aspiring engineers in South Cumbria were recognised for their academic achievements by Barrow and District Association of Engineers last night.


Students from local schools and colleges shared a total of nearly £4,000 in prize money after being nominated by their tutors for the prestigious awards.


The college students were presented with their prizes by leading engineer Commodore Mark Adams, from the Royal Navy, a former Barrow Sixth Form College student who has family in the town, in an event at Furness College’s Channelside campus.


The bursaries are presented annually by the association to students who show an aptitude for engineering to encourage them to consider engineering as a career opportunity.


This year’s winner of the £1,000 Engineering Scholarship Award was Joe Bell, of Barrow Sixth Form College, who achieved A*AA in physics, chemistry and maths A levels at the Rating Lane campus. He is now at Newcastle University and sent a video message to accept his prize while his dad represented him at the event in Barrow.


Other winners who received £250 in prize money were Philip Smith and Ion Mihaita of Furness College, Joshua Woodend, of Barrow Sixth Form College, Emily Duerden of Chetwynde and Clare Steele, of Millom School.


Luke Oxenham, of Ulverston Victoria High School, won the ‘best of the best’ award and secured an additional £100 prize, making his award £350.


Denis Lidstone, of BDAE who organises the bursary scheme, said it had been set up to encourage young people to consider engineering careers.


“The awards have gone from strength to strength and each year the judges are impressed by the wealth of talent we have in this area. The Engineering Scholarship is awarded following a robust selection process and formal interviews.


“We hope these students will continue their education and go on to make a significant contribution to the future of engineering in the Barrow and Furness area – the future of engineering is in very good hands.”


Philip Johnson, course leader for technical engineering at Furness College, nominated BTEC level 3 electrical engineering student Ion Mihaita – known as Michael – for the award for his commitment and dedication to his chosen career path.


He said: “Michael joined the college last year after deciding this was the best route to offer him a new career in engineering. He has managed to be extremely successful on the course whilst juggling his family commitments and a part time job to subsidise his studies.”


Former milkman Philip Smith said he was really surprised to be nominated by Furness College pipework lecturer Scott Wilson for the award. “I work hard and try to help the other students but I wasn’t expecting this,” he said. “I’m really honoured.”


Josh Woodend, an Honours student at Barrow Sixth Form College, was presented with his award after his physics tutor Gill de Bourcier nominated him. She said: “In addition to being a naturally gifted mathematician Joshua also works incredibly hard going above and beyond the required independent study.”


Prizes were also presented to the following Year 11 students at school prize evenings.


  • Jack Cullen, Millom School.
  • Lewis Croasdale; Ulverston Victoria High School
  • Elouise Pidduck; John Ruskin School. Coniston
  • Steven Nicholson; Cartmel CofE Priory School
  • Eagan Carson-Walker; Chetwynde School
  • Courtney Morrow; Furness Academy
  • Lauren Niven; Walney School
  • Matthew Templeton; Dowdales School
  • William Gilroy; St Bernard’s Catholic High School



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