University partners with Siemens to launch Digital Academy to nurture next generation of engineering and tech talent

• Programme offers undergraduates up to 3,000-a-year sponsorship and up to 12-weeks paid summer placements
• Six students, including a University of Sheffield electronic and electrical engineering student, are the first to benefit from the Pilot programme

MindsphereThe University of Sheffield has partnered with Siemens to launch a new undergraduate sponsorship programme to discover, inspire and nurture the next generation of engineering and tech talent.

The Digital Academy pays selected students £3,000-a-year from the second year of university as well as up to 12-weeks paid summer placement throughout the duration of their studies within a Siemens business.

At the end of their degree they will be given the chance to join Siemens’ Graduate Scheme.

The pioneering programme is a partnership between Siemens, the University of Sheffield and Newcastle University.
It aims to offer undergraduates a practical, collaborative space to explore Industry 4.0 technologies and put what they learn at university into real world use.

“We are focused on bridging the Industry 4.0 skills gap by equipping students with the skills for the new digital economy.
"Following a longstanding strategic partnership with Siemens, the University of Sheffield is delighted to be collaborating on the Digital Academy.
"Our students will benefit immensely from working with such a pioneering and transformational technology company.”

Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield

Six trailblazing students from EEE (electronic and electrical engineering) and computer science departments have been selected to pilot the programme this summer.

Thomas Edwards from EEE at the University of Sheffield joins other students from Newcastle University, University of Southampton, University of Loughborough and the University of Manchester on the Pilot programme. They were unveiled at a launch event at Siemens Digital Factory in Congleton.

Brian Holliday, Siemens Digital Industries Managing Director, said: “The Digital Academy is another ground-breaking example of how Siemens and our higher education partners are working together to encourage young people to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

“This programme gives undergraduates applied and up-to-date experience to bolster their academic learning.

"By strengthening links between business and our world-leading universities, we can inspire and nurture talent to support the UK’s leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

The first group of undergraduates were selected from the inaugural Sir William Siemens Challenge, a two-day hackathon-style event, held at the University of Sheffield, which involved 84 promising engineering students from partner universities.

The challenge, dubbed ‘Mindsphere Live’, saw students put into 12 hybrid, multidisciplinary teams and asked to invent a unique device powered by data.

Ian Donald, Head of R&D at Siemens Digital Factory in Congleton, said: “We really want to develop the next generation of engineers who can create and develop new exciting things.

“The inaugural Mindsphere Live was a great way of bringing multi-disciplinary teams together to collaborate to bring data to life in a meaningful way.

“These real-life problems gave students the opportunity to experience things that they may encounter in a business environment and insight into what life could be like at Siemens.”

Applications for the next Digital Academy cohort are now being accepted. For more information on how to apply visit