In October I was presented with an Arkwright Scholarship at the Institute of Engineering and Technology down in London, the award was presented by Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre. I’m sponsored by the Nuclear Institute and the National Nuclear Laboratory, from these organisations I received £300 this year to help my education and broaden my view of engineering, they’ll also give me £300 next year so I can continue to look into areas of the sector which interest me. School also is given £200 each year to help improve their STEM activities. Already this scholarship has allowed me to apply for a place on a Smallpeice Trust course on Advanced Nuclear Engineering held at the University of Leeds. The Nuclear Institute held a seminar for all their scholars in the October half term and there I learnt all about the fuel cycle and the new reactors which are being developed right now to help generate sustainable energy.
This scholarship has also helped me to start looking into universities as I’ve received VIP invitations to upcoming Open Days, which shows how prestigious and highly regarded this scholarship. Along with open days and course the Nuclear Institute have put me in touch with a postgraduate nuclear physicist who acts as my mentor and gives advice on what it’s like to work in the industry and what routes to go down. Being part of the Nuclear Institute allows my mentor to put me in t with anyone who they think would be able to offer advice or help me out, meaning that I already have many contact within the industry which will undoubtedly hep me during and after university.