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Student selected for new programme to support female engineers

Student Rachel Tang holding her STEMship WIE award

Aspiring engineer Rachel Tang is one of just thirty women to be among the first-ever beneficiaries of a programme dedicated to supporting female engineering students at universities across the country.

The Mechanical Engineering student was selected for the Santander Universities STEMships Women in Engineering programme.

As part of the prize Rachel will now receive a scholarship of £1,500 to be used at any time during the two year support programme.

She found out she had been chosen at the Formula Student global competition at Silverstone motor racing circuit, where Formula One driver Jenson Button was a special guest.

The 20-year-old will also receive an overseas experience to a leading institution in engineering for a leadership and development programme, as well as help with securing employment through mentorship and introductions to networks and employers.

Student poses with STEMship award from Santander Universities

Rachel, who is going into her fourth year, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be a winner of the Santander Universities STEMships programme, recognising academic excellence and my passion for engineering.

“Attending the launch event at Silverstone, I met with industry leaders who are now the catalysts for my renewed focus to engineer at the forefront of innovation, and achieve my dream of becoming a future dependable leader.

“I would like to thank my department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Strathclyde, who have given me the skills and confidence to get this far, and whose initial nomination allowed me to be a part of this amazing opportunity.”

Skills shortage

The new initiative aims to support and encourage more women into the UK engineering industry and responds to the skills shortage challenge currently facing the sector.

It also aims to break down the barriers for women entering the engineering industry by providing aspiring female engineer students with the dedicated tools, resources and opportunities needed to succeed in the industry after they graduate.

Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our unique STEMships to support and inspire the next generation of women engineers from across the UK.”

Santander, through Santander Universities, has established partnerships with over 1,200 universities in 20 countries, of which over 80 are in the UK.