Sheffield students set to benefit from Boeing funding

Students from the University of Sheffield are set to benefit from a new funding scheme created by aerospace giant Boeing. A total of £27,285 has been donated by Boeing to fund scholarships and additional curriculum enrichment across the University's Faculty of Engineering.

The funding was granted with the overall objective to reward and encourage academic excellence. It will particularly support students with an interest in aerospace engineering, who may face barriers to their learning.

The scheme will fund three scholarships for Masters students and three for undergraduate students, all worth £3,000. It will also support a number of student projects. This will include providing funding for equipment and consumables for group projects to design and build unmanned aerial vehicles.

It will also help fund a group project at the European Micro Aerial Vehicle Conference and Flight Competition. This event is being held in Delft, Holland in September where a group of students will travel to compete with their own developed aerial vehicle against other universities and organisations.

The three Masters students were presented with their scholarships last week, with the three undergraduate students receiving theirs in October. It is expected that the Boeing Scholarship and Support scheme will continue to fund additional scholarships and student projects throughout the academic year.

Malcolm Butler, Faculty Director of Operations in the Faculty of Engineering, said: "We are delighted that the long-standing and fruitful relationship between Boeing and the University of Sheffield continues to deliver successes and has now grown to further help students by the funding of undergraduate and Masters scholarships and some exciting student group projects. We are confident that this collaboration will help to enhance our students' development and better prepare them for success in the aerospace industry."

Rob Holland, an aerospace engineering student who has been awarded a Masters scholarship, said: "This scholarship has come at a really good time, and will help me focus on my final year of study before my Masters degree. I am very grateful to Boeing and the University for this opportunity, and believe that it will encourage me to achieve my full potential."

Notes for Editors: The University of Sheffield has an existing partnership with Boeing at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The AMRC with Boeing is a £60million partnership, which builds on the shared scientific excellence, expertise and technological innovation of the world's leading aerospace company, Boeing, and world-class research within the University Of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering. It develops innovative and advanced technology solutions for materials forming, metal working and castings. It also has internationally acknowledged research in the field of composite materials, an area crucial to the development of Boeing's new generation planes. The AMRC is a project part funded by the European Union.

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