Arkwright ceremonies 2014 – TWI supports future leaders in engineering


The Arkwright Scholarships Trust recently made its largest ever award of scholarships to future leaders in the engineering profession. Sixth form scholarships were awarded to 410 young people at ceremonies in London and Glasgow.


In sponsoring talented Arkwright Engineering Scholars Kathryn Baker and William Reade as they begin their sixth form studies, TWI joins the many universities, professional institutions, trade associations, armed services, charitable trusts, personal donors and companies supporting the next generation of younger STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) achievers as they look towards top universities or higher apprenticeships.

 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by universities and industry, and are one of the most prestigious accolades a sixth form student can achieve. Scholars like Kathryn and William are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders through an assessment of their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. These are gauged through a rigorous selection process comprising an assessed application form including a teacher’s supporting reference, a two-hour aptitude exam, and a university-based interview.

 Kathryn Baker said: ‘I am very excited to have TWI as my sponsor because the research the organisation is involved in sounds like exactly what I am interested in and hopefully spending time at the company will help extend my knowledge of engineering outside my A-Level studies. It will also be very interesting to see what a day in the life of a materials engineer is like and understand what opportunities there might be in this field in the future.’

 William Reade said: ‘I am very lucky to have TWI as my sponsor for my scholarship, it will allow me to see different types of engineering that I have may not come across before and will broaden my horizons. I am also very excited to be able to see what the daily life of an engineer entails and what projects are going on at the moment to solve some of the world’s greater problems. I would like to thank TWI for choosing to sponsor me as it will greatly benefit my future life with regards to engineering opportunities and university.’

 In his speech during the awards ceremony Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: "Numerous learned reports have shown that the UK’s economic prosperity requires hundreds of thousands of new engineers and technical designers over the next few years. But we must recognise that numbers, alone, will not ensure our country’s future economic success. We also need some of these new engineers and designers to be modern-day Sir Richard Arkwrights or James Dysons – outstanding technical leaders able to guide their country to engineering success. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships help to develop this pipeline of top talent into the engineering profession."

 TWI is delighted to renew its participation in the scheme, and to be able to engage Kathryn and William in an enrichment and mentoring programme over two years, introducing them to materials joining and engineering technologies and linking them with industry experience and real project work.

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TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. Established at Abington, Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff. The company employs nearly 900 staff, serving 700 Member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, The Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 5500 individuals.

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Arkwright Scholarships Trust

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is an independent charity that identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in engineering and technical design.

Arkwright tackles its aim by awarding Engineering Scholarships through rigorous selection to high-calibre students from all educational backgrounds to support them through their 'A' levels and Scottish Highers.

Since 1991, Arkwright has awarded 3758 Scholarships, growing year-on-year.

Arkwright also awards a small number of Undergraduate Scholarships each year, available exclusively to existing Arkwright ‘A’ level Scholars.



TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation with a focus on materials, engineering and manufacturing.