Furness College students win engineering awards

FURNESS College has celebrated its commitment to engineering excellence by awarding prestigious annual awards.

Students from the Channelside and Rating Lane campuses have been awarded cash prizes by the Barrow and District Association of Engineers (BDAE).

Channelside student Lewis Wadsworth won the Craft Engineering Scholarship and Leah Clough won the Technical Engineering Scholarship. Barrow Sixth Form College students Alex Stephens and Alex Kortman won a student scholarship at the event on the Channelside campus.

Alex Kortman, who aims to study mechanical engineering at Lancaster University or Edge Hill with a plan to work at BAE Systems after completing his degree, said: “I am excited to be recognized for my achievements in STEM subjects and funding gives me more opportunities. ”

Alex Stevens, who plans to study software engineering at Cambridge or Cardiff University after obtaining his A Levels, said: “Finance will really help me at university because I won’t have to worry about money and can focus on my education.”

BDAE Top Scholarships have been awarded to Barrow Sixth Form students Callum Birnie who received a first prize of £1250 and Daniel Jewell who received a second place prize of £625.

Callum, who studied A Levels in Physics, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Rating Lane campus, is studying for a degree in Computer Science at Lancaster University.

Daniel who has A*A*A*C grades in A Levels in Business, Maths, Maths and Physics at Loughborough University is studying a degree in Automotive Engineering.

Furness College’s Director of Curriculum for Student Experience and Academic Progress Helen Gibson commended the students’ achievement.

“It was great to see so many talented young people in the room being recognized for their hard work,” she said.

“Alex and Alex were top 6 students while Lois and Lea are fantastically progressing in their engineering careers.”

“It was also great to see Callum and Daniel win scholarships, which will be very beneficial to them as they enjoy their undergraduate studies.”

The awards were presented by Dr Amanda Taylor Beswick, Director of the University of Cumbria’s Center for Digital Transformation, who also gave an inspiring speech on the ways technology can transform people’s everyday lives.

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