"Throughout my scholarship I have been able to work with some amazing STEM organisations and charities and this award shows how much of an impact we can have."

Jamie, UKESF Scholar

Announcing the UKESF Scholars of the Year at the TechWorks Awards & Gala Dinner 2017

On 23rd November the UKESF attended the annual TechWorks Awards & Gala Dinner (formerly NMI) at the InterContinental Hotel – The O2, London, announcing the Scholar of the Year Award winners and holding a fundraising silent auction.

TechWorks Gala Dinner

Following the daytime industry summit, almost 400 people attended the evening segment for the awards ceremony and a black tie three-course meal. Considered ‘the deep tech industry social event of the year’, the evening was hosted by Sir Hossein Yassaie, Chairman of the TechWorks Board of Directors, and featured guest speaker Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent. The UKESF had two tables with a range of UKESF Trustees and representatives from Partner Companies in attendance, along with several graduated and final-year Scholars on the Young Engineers Table.

The fundraising silent auction had a variety of unique experiences up for bids and raised over £3,000 for the UKESF – many thanks to everyone who took part. The funds raised will be channelled into hands-on STEM activities for children, summer schools for A-level students, professional development for UKESF scholars, and much more.

Scholar of the Year Award

This year, for the first time, there were joint winners of the UKESF Scholar of the Year Award: Eliza Law and Jamie Tupholme, who each received a certificate and a cheque for £500. The award celebrates scholars who have made a significant contribution during their work placement and who have actively promoted Electronics to young people, and is kindly sponsored by IC Resources.

“Truth be told, I wasn’t originally going to apply for the Scholar of the Year award. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my challenging summer placements, and love the outreach work involved in my roles in student representation, but to me those have always felt like privileges rather than things I should be congratulated for. My sponsoring company, Sensata Technologies, thought differently because of how useful the work I’ve done for them has been, and strongly encouraged me to apply. The Electronics and Computer Science department were then equally appreciative of my work as Academic President. To me, that recognition from my colleagues and sponsors was like winning an award itself. So when it was announced that both Jamie and myself had been chosen as the Scholars of the Year I was absolutely dumbfounded, and then ecstatic. To have both my technical and voluntary work recognised as commendable by UKESF and the esteemed industrial partners I met at the TechWorks dinner is an incredible honour and boost to my confidence! For me, it proves that if you do something because you enjoy it and put in the effort you’ll come out with work you’re proud of, and that other people appreciate.”

Eliza, sponsored by Swindon Silicon Systems, a Sensata Technologies Company, and studies at the University of Southampton

“It is an absolute honour to be awarded the UKESF Scholar of the Year and it is a culmination of two years hard work and I would like to thank all those who have played a part including the staff at the UKESF, the University of Leeds and my sponsor, Thales. The award is a huge boost to my career and will hopefully lead to some fantastic opportunities. Throughout my scholarship I have been able to work with some amazing STEM organisations and charities and this award shows how much of an impact we can have. The electronics industry is desperate for engineers and I am proud to have played my part.”

Jamie, sponsored by Thales and studies at the University of Leeds

“We are delighted that Eliza has been selected as the UKESF Scholar of the Year. Eliza has been sponsored by Sensata Technologies subsidiary Swindon Silicon System Ltd since the first year of her degree, joining us each summer at our facility in Royal Wootton Basset. Every year we have presented her with technical challenges and she has responded with excellent technical solutions delivered with great professionalism. Eliza is an excellent communicator, she has been a great ambassador for her university (Southampton) here and for Sensata amongst her fellow students. Our most recent UKESF Scholar recruited from Southampton cited Eliza’s influence on making his application. It’s a great honour for us to be able to have a small part in her success.”

Adrian McDonald, Director ASIC Engineering, Swindon Silicon Systems