University of Sheffield students win national scholarship for engineering talent

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarships offer long-term financial support to a number of talented engineering students in the UK

Three students from University of Sheffield, including one from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, have celebrated their success after receiving a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). They are just one of a talented set of engineering students who have won the prestigious award.


The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its fifth year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners will also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever growing skills gap.

Engineering UK predicts 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024 in order to meet demand.

This year, 75 scholarships have been awarded to students who started either a Masters or an Undergraduate engineering degree at a UK based university in the autumn of 2017, and 48% of these have been awarded to female candidates.

Nick Winser, IET President commented: “In a world where technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe we need to think more broadly and remove unnecessary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.

“With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to the 75 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarship. We hope that they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges.”

Robbie Kinghorn, who studies MEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with ACSE, said: “It was a surprise as I definitely wasn't expecting to be chosen for such an amazing scholarship! I will benefit from being a part of the IET scholarship by being able to meet other scholars and swap ideas and experiences with them. The scholarship gives me more involvement with the IET which will help with professional development, project management, improved knowledge, access to technical papers and journals. Also having the chance to meet the sponsoring companies will highlight the different types of industry and, hopefully, provide me some opportunities for placements. This could then help with technical advice for projects and competitions and would provide guidance about my future study and career development.”

The investment is being made in collaboration with the Belling Charitable Settlement, the ERA Foundation, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Siemens, BAE Systems, BT and Thales.

The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is open to all UK students hoping to achieve 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 'A' grade Advanced Highers, 5 'A' grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course. Those who are selected receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.

Prospective students who are wishing to apply for a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship can apply online soon. See

More about the IET

  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.