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Published: 28 September 2018

Surrey postgraduate student awarded £80,000 for marine project

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 has awarded a University of Surrey student with an Industrial Fellowship worth up to £80,000 as part of its effort to support the UK’s most gifted young research scientists.  

Jasmine Bone

Jasmine Bone is currently undertaking an engineering doctorate at the University of Surrey, in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory and Element. Jasmine’s Fellowship will help her complete research into predicting how polymer composites – materials used to build wind turbines, bridges and ships – degrade in marine environments. 

The funding from the Commission, set up by Prince Albert to organise the Great Exhibition of 1851 and continued in perpetuity to ‘extend the influence of Science and Art on productive industry’, will help Jasmine make an impact on industry and wider society by accelerating the development and commercialisation of new technologies. The Commission’s Industrial Fellowships recognise the best research projects with potential to advance British industry, allowing companies to conduct innovative research that accelerates the creation of exploitable intellectual property.

The Fellowship will fund Jasmine’s project for up to three years, ideally leading to a patent or substantial business development, while allowing Jasmine to gain valuable business experience. 

Jasmine Bone said: “This is an incredible opportunity to progress and enhance my research, as well as for my own personal and professional development. I'm excited to see where I can take my work with this award.”

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “I want to offer my warmest congratulations to Jasmine for receiving this highly regarded and much sought-after Fellowship. It is confirmation that she is not only on the right track with her research, but also that she is one of the country’s brightest up and coming scientists.”

Bernard Taylor, Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, said: “It is critical that the young scientists and engineers that form the future innovation landscape of Britain are supported in their efforts. Our Industrial Fellowships provide funding to the most promising technologies that will enrich British industry, and allow the research to be directed towards commercialisation from the start of its development. We are proud to have awarded twelve impressive innovators with Fellowships this year. Their projects span a wide range of fields, including cancer therapies, autonomous boats and cars, aerospace engineering and laser power, demonstrating the broad diversity of talent within the science and engineering resources of this country." 

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