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Future high fliers for industry

Press release issued: 23 April 2002

Media release
Future high fliers for industry

Four promising engineering students at Bristol University could become Britain's entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Roddy Chishick, Matthew Pearson, Nicholas Saunders and Bryn Snelson have been chosen by The Royal Academy of Engineering to join its Engineering Leadership Awards programme. The students, from the University's Faculty of Engineering, beat off stiff competition from hundreds of applicants from universities all over the country.

Each student wins an award worth up to £7,500 and will benefit from exclusive professional development advice and training designed specifically to promote leadership qualities.

The four students are all in their second year of their four-year Master of Engineering degree and the Engineering Leadership Programme will take them through to the end of their courses.

The students can use the award in the way that will best help their career, which could be a grant to travel abroad to study engineering projects overseas, to undertake language training or to attend a course on financial and business management. The Academy will monitor students' progress closely, helping them to pursue an individual personal development plan. It will also pair them with mentors from the Sainsbury Management Fellows' Society, whose members are all Chartered Engineers who have completed an MBA at a top international business school, many of whom now run their own companies.

Professor Joe McGeehan, Dean of Engineering, commenting on the awards, said: 'The awards to the engineering students confirm Bristol's high quality teaching in a research environment. The wide range of personal skills and practical engineering expertise acquired by these young students will enable them to become Britain's rising engineering stars.'

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Tuesday, 23-Apr-2002 17:14:27 BST

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