"Through the scholarship I've been able to connect with industry and with other like-minded engineers, so I appreciate the level of competition I was up against to get this award, it's a great honour."

Ashley Robinson, Scholar of the Year 2013

Announcing UKESF Scholar of the Year Winner

University of Southampton and CSR’s Ashley Robinson named UKESF Scholar of the Year

Press Release: Final year MEng student presented with accolade at NMI Electronic Systems Awards

Ashley Robinson, UKESF Scholar of the Year, with Derek Boyd, CEO NMI, and Neil Dickins, director of award sponsor the IC Group
Ashley Robinson, UKESF Scholar of the Year, with Derek Boyd (left), CEO of NMI, and Neil Dickins (right), director of award sponsor the IC Group

Ashley Robinson, a final year MEng student at the University of Southampton, has been named the 2013 UKESF Scholar of the Year. During his summer placement with his UKESF scholarship sponsor, CSR, the 21-year-old student has been actively involved in developing NFC chips and LCD controllers.

Ashley has also been engaging A-level students at his former school in Hampshire in order to encourage them to experiment with electronics at home. As part of this Ashley has organised lectures for sixth form students, participated in their studies and provided electronics hardware that had been developed at the University of Southampton for them to use.

The accolade was announced and presented at the NMI Electronic Systems Awards dinner, which took place in London on the 21st November.

Judges had cited the exceptional level of competition in this year’s intake of scholars, announcing a short list for the first time. The judges also highly commended Adam Crofts of Cardiff University and Wolfson Microelectronics, Eithne Glackin of Imperial College London and Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe and Veronika Nesheva of the University of Edinburgh and ARM.

On winning the award Ashley said: “The scholarship has been a great addition to my academic life, and my experience with CSR and the UKESF professional development workshop will prove invaluable as I start my career when I graduate next year. Through the scholarship I’ve been able to connect with industry and with other like-minded engineers, so I appreciate the level of competition I was up against to get this award, it’s a great honour.”

Neil Dickins, director of the recruitment agency IC Group, the award’s sponsor said: “All four finalists made valuable contributions to their sponsoring companies and in encouraging school students to pursue studies in STEM and electronic engineering. Ultimately a difficult task, we decided that Ashley should take the award as he produced a particularly professional looking submission demonstrating excellent communication skills. The industry welcomes well rounded individuals like Ashley and we wish him the best in his career.”

A scholar from CSR, Rares Mihai Popa also won in 2012. The company’s VP of platform hardware design, Nick Salter, said: “Ashley is a great example of the exceptional quality students coming through the UKESF Scholarship scheme.

“We continue to see significant advantages in backing the programme, which lets us reach out to, support and recruit the most talented students in British universities today. I would encourage more employers to join UKESF; if we act together now, we can ensure we have a huge pool of exceptional talent to drive our businesses in the future”