Scholarship pool encourages student talent

Leading firms are backing a new scholarship ‘pooling’ scheme which will make it easier for them to recruit gifted students.

Ten companies are funding the University initiative which will offer financial support to high-performing electronics and electrical engineering students.

The scheme is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.

We feel that we’ve found a way of getting the best of all worlds for theUniversity, the companies and the students.

Prof Peter GrantHead of School, Engineering and Electronics

A new approach

In conventional scholarship schemes companies sponsor students and then offer them work experience.

With this approach, by the time students reach their fourth and fifth year placements, their skills do not necessarily match those sought by their sponsors.

The new scheme instead seeks to guide each participating student to a work placement most suited to his or her skills set.

Shared benefits

Under the new scheme, companies pay into a scholarship pool and each participating student receives £1000 annually for three years.

When the students apply for placements, the participating companies have the opportunity to interview and offer placements to the most exceptional students ahead of other employers.

The scholarship pool is a great way to encourage exciting new engineering talent of exactly the type we like to employ. The University of Edinburgh turns out excellent graduates and we’re delighted to be involved.

Colman ClarkeVice-Principal of Engineering for Wolfson Microele


The scheme is supported by HMGCC, Selex Galileo, Wolfson Microelectronics plc, CSR Plc, Gigle Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Analog Devices, Cummins Inc., Delta Electronics Europe Ltd and Dialog Semiconductor.