UKESF announces first annual Scholar of the Year award
Press Release: Presented to Adam Malpass of University of Southampton
The UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF) last night presented its first annual Scholar of the Year award to Adam Malpass. Adam is a final year student reading electronic engineering (MEng) at the University of Southampton and his UKESF Scholarship is sponsored by Dialog Semiconductor.
The award was sponsored by IC Group and announced at the NMI’s annual awards ceremony, London. Speaking at the event Neil Dickens, a director at IC Group said: “It’s vital for the UK industry’s future growth that we attract, support and retain as many talented young individuals, such as Adam, as possible.
“In a very competitive year Adam stood out from the crowd, especially for his infectious enthusiasm, outstanding contributions to Dialog and his encouragement of younger students to take up electronics.”
During his three-month summer placement with Dialog, Adam produced a new design for use in its range of flagship products and delivered a research report to help facilitate a move into a new line of business.
To help inspire younger students to take up electronics Adam has been involved in many activities with his former school, and through his university. These include talking to students of all ages about the exciting, varied opportunities in electronics and his university blog, which relates his experiences as an electronics undergraduate and responds to enquiries from prospective students.
On winning his award Adam Malpass commented: "I'm really delighted to have won this award as I know the competition was strong, especially from my fellow Southampton University and UKESF scholar Tom Dell. The UKESF scholarship has provided me with development opportunities that a student wouldn't normally have, such as working internationally with a world-class company, meeting industry leaders and receiving training in the softer, professional skills that aren't taught at university"
Dr Derek Boyd, NMI’s CEO said: “As a founding partner of UKESF we have been delighted by the quality of the undergraduate students within the scholarship scheme. Adam is just one of an exceptional group of younger people and I expect to see him contribute greatly to our sector in the future.”
UKESF was founded in 2010 by collaboration of public bodies, private companies and UK universities to address the threat of a diminishing skills base in the UK electronics sector. Its principal aims are to increase and sustain the supply of industry ready graduate engineers and boost career take up in the industry, worth £23 billion per year to the UK economy.