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Engineering students given £680,000 scholarship boost

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CIVIL ENGINEERING students are to bene from an extra £680,000 in sponsorship funding over the next three years, it was revealed this week.

ConstructionSkills, the Government-funded sector skills council, has pledged to provde funds to back the ICE's Queen's Jubilee Scholarship Trust (QUEST) until 2010.

With immediate effect, the 80 students awarded scholarships in 2006 will see their awards increase to £2,000 per year during their degree courses.

This comprises annual contributions of £1,500 from industry, £250 from the ICE, plus another £250 from ConstructionSkills.

From this year on those starting courses will see their money rise to £3,000 per year for every year of their degree course up to 2010 with ConstructionSkills putting up £1,250 per student.

The extra funding recognises that ConstructionSkills and QUEST have common aims.

QUEST has an established track record in attracting high calibre civil engineering applicants.

Committee chairman Professor Adrian Long said: 'With tuition fees typically set at £3,000, this additional nancial help is very timely for students, and is an important step for the profession in ensuring that we continue to attract the high calibre students that the profession needs.' QUEST was established in 1977 during the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations with the aim of supporting civil engineering undergraduates and ICE members wanting to develop their skills by travelling or extending their studies.

For information on QUEST, go to: www. ice. org. uk/quest

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