Published: 10 June 2019

Royal Academy of Engineering scholarship highlights student as future leader

Rachael Ker, who is studying for a BEng Mechanical Engineering degree, has been awarded an Engineering Leaders Scholarship – becoming the fifth Surrey student to win this prestigious accolade in the last few years.

Rachael Ker

As a recipient of the Engineering Leaders Scholarship, given by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Rachael wins an award of £5,000 which can be used for career-focused personal development over the next three years, and will attend annual training and networking events with other scholars. She won the scholarship after a highly competitive assessment process which included a gruelling day of timed group tasks at the Royal Academy of Engineering and an interview with panel members.

The Engineering Leaders Scholarship is aimed at helping ambitious and inspiring undergraduates who want to become leadership role models for the next generation of engineers, enabling them to undertake an accelerated personal development programme.

Rachael said: “I was so excited to hear that I was successful in the Engineering Leaders Scholarship as this will give me the opportunity to attend conferences and gain work experience abroad which I would not have been able to do without this scholarship. Over the next three years, I look forward to developing my skills through these activities and the annual weekend away with my cohort.”

Dr Nicole Rockliff, Principal Teaching Fellow within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, commented: “Rachael joins a succession of students in the Department who have received Royal Academy of Engineering awards in the last few years. It is really encouraging to see that, once again, our students are showing that they can hold their own against the best engineering students from around the UK”


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