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FPS launches MSc bursaries


Five MSc bursaries are being introduced this summer by the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS).

Aimed at promoting geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, the bursaries are worth £4,000 each and are open to civil engineering graduates starting an MSc in geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics or engineering geology at Newcastle, Dundee, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Surrey and Imperial College universities.

In addition to offering financial support, the FPS will work with the successful graduates to identify MSc dissertation topics which are of interest to the piling industry.

Candidates will be expected to complete a one to two month placement with an FPS member, where they will have the opportunity to work on their projects and gain some hands-on experience from a geotechnical specialist. They will also be invited to attend the FPS awards dinner in October.

“It is a fundamental obligation of the FPS that we work tirelessly to encourage more people into the geotechnical sector, doing as much as we can to prevent the skills shortage escalating further and even reversing the trend,” said FPS chairman Alasdair Henderson.

“Although only a small step, the FPS believes that the introduction of such bursaries will help promote the sector – creating a buzz and interest in civil engineering subjects and the wider geotechnical arena.”

The award is open to UK and European students, and the successful candidates will preferably hold a first degree in civil engineering (2:1 or above).

In order to apply, students should provide a written answer, of 300 words or fewer, to the question: “Why did you decide to study geotechnics?” The response should be sent, together with a CV, to, addressed to the FPS secretary, with “FPS MSc Bursary” as the title.

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2016.

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