UCL Engineering students recognised as engineering rising stars and receive Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

13 February 2017

Two students from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Amita Jettana and Alina Sara Khaliq, are celebrating their success after receiving the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). They are just some of the many talented engineering students who have been awarded this long-term financial support from the IET and its partners.

UCL EEE Student, Amita Jettana

The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme is now in its fifth year. The scholarships will provide each winner with at least £1,000 per academic year. Winners also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks, in an attempt to close the ever growing engineering skills gap. As winning student, Amita Jettana, says:

“I chose Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree because it seems clear to me that the world is becoming more and more digital, and so digital skills will be essential to succeed. I am particularly interested in robotics-related topics and enjoy working in the lab because I can see the real world applications.””

Jeremy Watson, IET President and Vice-Dean of UCL Engineering, commented:

“In a world where technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe we need to think more broadly and remove unnecessary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.

“With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to the 100 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarship. We hope that they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges.”

Head of UCL EEE, Professor Sarah Spurgeon OBE, said:

“I am delighted to send congratulations on behalf of all in EEE to Amita Jettana and Alina Sara Khaliq on the award of these prestigious IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.””

The investment is made in collaboration with the Belling Charitable Settlement, the ERA Foundation, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Siemens ,BAE Systems and BT.

The IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is open to all UK students hoping to achieve 3 ‘A’s at A Level, 3 ‘A’ grade Advanced Highers, 5 ‘A’ grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above and who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course. Prospective students who are wishing to apply for a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship can apply online soon. See


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