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Ulster University Mechatronic Engineering student, Conor McCollum is one of 75 students from throughout the UK, selected to receive the Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The bursary will include financial support towards studying for four years in addition to mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks.

Prior to commencing his studies at Ulster University; Conor studied Engineering Principles at the Northern Regional College (NRC), where he first learned of the IET and the bursary award programme.

Conor explained:

"From an early age, I always loved to take things apart and put them back together again.  As I grew older, I have developed my skills into solving problems from an engineering perspective.

"I chose to study Mechatronic Engineering at Ulster University as the course balances Mechanics and Electronics; and more specifically the work associated with robotics and CAD; as well as the valuable industry experience that is incorporated within it.”

Having been awarded the bursary, Conor looks forward to having more time to focus on his course and serving as an ambassador for STEM.

Conor concluded:

“I was delighted when I heard of my successful bursary application.  The bursary will mean that I will not have to work as many hours in my part-time job and this spare time can be directed towards studying for my course.”

On congratulating Conor, Professor Colin Turner, Head of the School of Engineering at Ulster University added:

"The support from IET will aid Conor to ease the transition from study, such as developing his aptitude in analysing and solving problems, to employment through essential, industry skills.  This is illustrative of the opportunities that exist for our Undergraduates to get involved with engineering professional bodies and international projects.

“Student employability is of utmost importance within the School of Engineering at Ulster University, and for that reason our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Mechanical Engineering; which supports our highly skilled graduates to achieve the Chartered Engineer status with the Engineering Council."

Nick Winser, IET President commented:

“We’re thrilled to have been able to support talented apprentices and undergraduate students who have overcome obstacles and personal challenges to pursue an engineering education and career for the second year in a row.”