Brookes student wins national bursary for engineering talent

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Simone Moriconi

A student from Oxford Brookes University has won an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The bursaries are awarded to students who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course which has been accredited by the IET.

In this second year of the scheme, 75 bursaries have been awarded to students and apprentices. The scheme helps students entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualification, as well as those in challenging circumstances.

The sponsorship will be £1,000 for up to four years and winners also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks.

Commenting on his win Simone Moriconi, originally from Italy who is studying Bsc Electronic Engineering at Oxford Brookes University, said: “I am honoured to have been chosen as one of the winners of this bursary. It will help support my studies and also enable me to develop my networking abilities, interacting productively with people from diverse backgrounds and establishing valuable connections.

I am honoured to have been chosen as one of the winners of this bursary. It will help support my studies and also enable me to develop my networking abilities, interacting productively with people from diverse backgrounds and establishing valuable connections.

Simone Moriconi, studying electronic engineering

"Since beginning the course at Oxford Brookes I have been well supported by members of the faculty, particularly my course supervisor and lecturers. Their expertise and encouragement has helped me to progress on the course and enhanced my interest in research and engineering. I am also a member of Oxford Brookes Racing which is a great opportunity for me to be part of a great team and apply what I'm learning at the University to my passion for motorsport.

"Once I graduate I want to be a Chartered Engineer and work in research and development. What attracts me to engineering is the ability to transform dreams and ideas into reality, where different state of the art technologies are combined together by different teams to design, prototype, and manufacture new and redevelop existing systems, products, and services.”

Nick Winser, IET President commented: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support talented apprentices and undergraduate students who have overcome obstacles and personal challenges to pursue an engineering education and career for the second year in a row.

“We hope that the scheme will continue to grow and we will build the number of our bursary winners, who have a passion for engineering and are keen to promote engineering to others.”

Professor Chrisina Jayne, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes said: “I am absolutely delighted for Simone and congratulate him on winning this prestigious bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It is a true testament to Simone's hard work and passion for engineering.”