Silverstone UTC congratulates its first Arkwright Scholar

Congratulations to Silverstone UTC’s first Arkwright Scholar, Will Layton.

Will’s sponsor company is Liberty Vehicle Technologies based in Leamington Spa.  Liberty are behind the T1 Evo hypercar, which will be engineered and manufactured in the UK.  The T1 Evo is the next generation of the car originally designed and engineered by former McLaren colleagues of Principal, Neil Patterson.

Will, who gained Distinctions in his Engineering studies at the UTC alongside good grades in his other GCSEs is now at the UTC’s 6th Form, where he is studying for a Diploma in Engineering as well as Maths and Physics at A Level.

Will, who races in national karting competitions, joined the UTC in 2015 having first seen it under construction in 2013.  While finishing his GCSEs we asked him to consider applying to become an Arkwright Scholar, and after his 2 hour exam made it through to the next round – an interview and assessment at Cambridge University.  During the assessment, Will showed the interviewers a carburettor testing station.  “The station comprised a main bracket that I designed using CAD and then had laser cut and then folded and assembled a machined boss to it.  This assembly housed a vacuum tester”, explained Will.

Neil Patterson said “I have been on the interview panel for Arkwright Scholarships for a few years now, so I have a good idea of the level of competition there is for these scholarships.  The interview panels not only consider what the students can already do, but also assess their commitment to the engineering industry and their future potential for leadership.  I am not surprised that Will stood out to those that interviewed him, and I’m thrilled that he has become our first Arkwright Scholar.”

Marking the awards, The Arkwright Scholarships Trust made the following press release:

The UK’s future leaders in Engineering honoured

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. 425 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high- potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline, in the critical 16 to 18 age range.

The new Arkwright Engineering Scholars received their Awards at Ceremonies supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and themed around the Built Environment, supported by Principal Awards Ceremony Sponsors, Arup. This year’s Scholars come from all educational backgrounds across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and a growing number of British Overseas Schools. A record-equalling 29% of the new Scholars were female.

The Scholarships were awarded to each new Scholar by the Principal Awards Guests as follows:

  • Friday 27th October – Nic Merridew, Director, Arup
  • Thursday 2nd November – Ann-Marie Cowperthwaite, Associate, Arup
  • Friday 3rd November, Morning – John Turzynski, Director, Arup
  • Friday 3rd November, Afternoon – Edward Clarke, Associate Director, Arup

Two Arkwright Undergraduate Scholarships, each £12,000 in value, were also awarded at the Ceremonies, generously funded by The Reece Foundation.

Dr Kevin P Stenson, Interim CEO of The Arkwright Scholarships Trust, and CEO of sister charity The Smallpeice Trust, said: “An impressive 1,594 students applied to be an Arkwright Engineering Scholar in 2017 and we are delighted to have been able to present a total of 425 students with invaluable scholarships. Each of this year’s scholars is incredibly talented and we hope that their Arkwright Engineering Scholarship will mark the first step in a long and successful career in engineering.

We are very grateful to the sponsors who recognise the potential in these talented students and choose to offer their support to help them develop their skills and fulfil their potential as future leaders in engineering. Each of the Scholars gains access to a fantastic range of enrichment experiences, including Conferences, Engineering Experience Days, Mentoring, Residential Courses, and University VIP days.

As CEO of The Smallpeice Trust, I always enjoy meeting Arkwright Engineering Scholars on our fantastic Year 12 residential courses at leading universities around the UK. I am also proud in the knowledge that there are a number of Arkwright Scholar Alumni whose journey began with The Smallpeice Trust. Whenever I think about leaders in engineering, I think about Sir Richard Arkwright, who the Trust is named after, and Dr Cosby Smallpeice, who began The Smallpeice Trust over 50 years ago. Both are fantastic role models and leaders, and so are our Scholars.”

Nic Merridew, Director, Arup said “Congratulations to all this year’s new Arkwright Scholars. It was inspiring to meet so many talented young people and I was blown away by what they have achieved already. Doubtless there are many future leaders in engineering within these scholars. As we increasingly rely on automation and digital technology, we will need these scholars’ enthusiasm, innovation and engineering invention to meet the exciting challenges ahead.”

Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. These are gauged through a rigorous selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference; a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam; and a university-based interview. The Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.

The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each Scholar and to his/her school, and enrichment activities such as mentoring and industry visits that enhance a Scholar’s experience of engineering in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by university admission tutors and industry recruiters and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form student can receive.

The Scholarships are supported by more than 200 different sponsoring organisations: commercial and industrial companies, industry regulators, Government organisations, universities, Professional Institutions, Trade Associations, Training Boards, Livery Companies, all three Armed Services, Charitable Trusts, personal donors and Schools.

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