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Engineering scholarships needed to fight fee rises, IET says

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) today urged industry and government to provide more scholarships and awards for students, to ensure fee rises do not lead to a dearth of engineering graduates.

It called upon industry and the government to increase the number of awards and scholarships available, to help reduce the cost burden of studying engineering.

The IET said its Ambition Awards, which help to finance engineering students in the UK, saw a record number of over 1,000 applications for the 2011 scholarships — a 50% increase on 2010, which it said demonstrated “the growing need for financial support for promising students”.

The IET also urged prospective engineering students not to be put off by rising university fees in the UK. It said engineering courses are still “a valuable personal investment” and engineering jobs have a “healthy” average salary of £37,500. “Engineering graduates are key to the future of the engineering profession, and it is vital that we do everything we can to ensure they are able to access a good quality higher education,” said IET awards and prizes manager Linda Deleay.

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