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Engineering student wins new national scholarship to support her career development

Antonia accepting her STEMship award

Antonia with other scholarship recipients

Mechanical Engineering student Antonia Smith has won a place on the inaugural STEMships programme launched by Santander UK. The new initiative aims to equip female engineering students at universities across the country with the dedicated tools, resources and opportunities needed to succeed in the industry.

Antonia, who is going into her third year at Sussex, was announced as one of thirty up-and-coming women engineers by Santander UK’s CEO Nathan Bostock and ambassador Jenson Button at the 2019 Formula Student global competition at Silverstone on 20 July.

During the two-year programme Antonia will receive a scholarship of £1,500 to support her studies, membership to the Women’s Engineering Society, financial support for an internship and exclusive networking and mentoring opportunities to help secure employment after university. She will also get to travel internationally to attend a leadership programme at a renowned engineering institution.

In reaction to the news, Antonia said: “I am really honoured to have been awarded the Santander STEMship. I met some really intelligent women at the event, all of whom are my peers and I’m looking forward to creating professional friendships with them. Santander are planning on taking us overseas for a networking event which should also be great for furthering my career.”

Another student in Sussex’s School of Engineering and Informatics was nominated and commended for the high quality of her submission. Runner-up Catherine Chaya, who attended the launch event with her father, will receive a two-year membership to the Women’s Engineering Society, access to networking events and support to help secure an internship.

Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, commented: “We’re thrilled to be launching our unique STEMships to support and inspire the next generation of women engineers from across the UK. Having worked closely with Formula Student teams across our partner universities, we recognise the challenges facing female engineering students as they look to embark on careers in the industry. We hope the programme will support them with their career ambitions.”

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 25 July 2019


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