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University of Portsmouth secures new bursary sponsor

Atkins has become the latest company to join University of Portsmouth’s industrial bursary scheme for students on its Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree course.

The scheme provides paid year-long placements and training to selected students on the course which has an optional year in industry that gives students the chance to experience working life before they graduate. There are currently ten companies involved in the scheme, including the Geological Society of London, which accredits the course.

Students who receive a bursary are offered financial support and a placement with one of the ten companies. The university has said that this year 21 students received the bursary, with three currently on year-long placements with Fugro, Keller and Laing O’Rourke.

“Employability is a key element in higher education today and this scheme places students with companies which value the course they are studying and who strive to ensure they get an excellent rounded experience during their time in industry,” said University of Portsmouth course leader Nick Koor.

“This is something that we cannot teach at university and gives our students the edge when applying for jobs once they’ve graduated.”

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