"We recognised his passion for promoting electronics and it is great to see his efforts have been acknowledged more broadly."

Sarah James, ARM

Josh Oldfield takes home Scholar of the Year Award 2015

Josh receives his award
Josh receives his award

UKESF scholar Josh Oldfield was awarded Scholar of the Year at the NMI Annual Awards and Gala Dinner, held in London on Thursday 19th November 2015. Josh studies Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton and is sponsored by ARM.

Josh has completed two summer internships at ARM as part of his scholarship, accepting responsibility for setting up and maintaining automation software for RTL feedback and developing scripts to improve designer feedback that are now being propagated through to other projects. Josh has also contributed a great deal of time to volunteering at summer schools that promote Electronics to young people, as well as representing ARM at the Engineering and IT Careers Fair.

Josh said, “I am honoured to receive this award and very grateful to the UKESF for giving me a kickstart into my professional career. The opportunity has really helped my development as an engineer. It has given me a chance to enhance and test my skills in the engineering workplace as well as helping the next generation of engineering students shape their future.”

Sarah James, Global Graduate Recruitment Manager at ARM, said, “Josh is a deserved recipient of the NMI Scholar of the Year award. We recognised his passion for promoting electronics and it is great to see his efforts have been acknowledged more broadly. Josh is exactly the kind of individual the industry needs to propel future innovation in the tech sector and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back to ARM as a Graduate Engineer in 2016.”

L-R: Stew Edmondson (UKESF, CEO), Josh, Dom, Neil Dickins (IC Resources, Director), Derek Boyd (NMI, Chief Executive)
L-R: Stew Edmondson (UKESF, CEO), Josh, Dom, Neil Dickins (IC Resources, Director), Derek Boyd (NMI, Chief Executive)

Dom Maskell was commended as runner-up for the award. Dom studies Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems at the University of Southampton and is sponsored by Leonardo. It is the first time that both of the finalist have come from the same university.

Joyce Lewis, University of Southampton, said, “I am really delighted at this wonderful news. It’s going to be so encouraging for students and staff to see this external affirmation! We have a very special culture at Southampton, which over the last five years especially has created a huge amount of interest and excitement around all aspects of student life in the Electronics department. Congratulations to Josh and Dom!”

Both Josh and Dom supported UKESF CEO Stew Edmondson in a presentation about the UKESF’s work and the value of their scholarships at the NMI Summit prior to the awards and dinner, and impressed the attendees with their enthusiasm and passion for Electronics. Stew said, “With our UKESF scholarships we are working hard to attract and prepare the most capable students for careers in the Electronics sector. These two scholars are fantastic ambassadors for the scheme.”