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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) offers students the opportunity to apply for a prestigious ‘QUEST’ Undergraduate Scholarship worth £10,000. Only a small number of applicants are awarded a scholarship each year and it is with delight that we announce one of Chelmsford College’s former construction students, Emily Siddaway, has received a QUEST scholarship this year.

 

QUEST is awarded to high calibre students who have the potential to excel as civil engineers. £2,500 per year is received by the student whilst studying for a civil engineering degree and they will receive paid work placements with their sponsor company during the university summer holidays.

 

Emily, who studied at Chelmsford College for two years, was not always interested in engineering. Her main focus was architecture, preferring the design side more than the practical side when studying her GCSE in Mechanical Engineering. At College she chose a Civil Engineering course within the construction department, but found the structural engineering and surveying modules more fascinating that the design ones.

 

“The course I studied at College greatly helped. It taught me that construction is not just the stereotypical nuts and bolts, it’s a whole design process with project management, client considerations and health & safety.”

 

“I applied for the scholarship through a student application form and a tutor reference form taken form the ICE QUEST website in early March 2012. The initial stages for application were easy, however the interviews were difficult. It was very scary, but the fear was worth it as it showed me the calibre of employee the sponsor companies were after.”

 

Emily’s former College tutor Reevo Anders states “our department was very pleased to have had Emily here; she was a particularly hard-working student who had to overcome many obstacles which befell her during her two-year study period. However this only served to strengthen her resolve to go on and gain a Distinction in every one of her eighteen units of her qualification. With this she was able to gain a place at Brunel University, along with a well-deserved £10,000 scholarship! We wish her all the best for her future.”

 

On looking towards the future, Emily comments “what I am most looking forward to at ICE is gaining experience with one of the UK’s largest civil engineering companies and starting my route to charter ship before I’ve graduated! Further down the line I would hopefully see myself as a Chartered Engineer working as either a Structural or Geotechnical Engineer on superstructures.”

 

“If any young lady out there is interested in engineering, I would advise that it is hard, but very satisfying. When you enter a male dominated industry it is always very hard to find the balance between professionalism and being a woman. The industry and academia are slowly gaining more and more women engineers, who are more often than not better than the men! There are a million and one support groups for women engineers; it’s always worth joining one and reading about experiences.”

 

When asked how Emily felt about receiving the scholarship she stated “Privileged. ICE is one of the oldest professional bodies in Great Britain and for them to recognise me as a hardworking and dedicated undergraduate engineer is very rewarding and motivational.”

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