EESW Shows the Way to Cambridge


Four ‘A’ level students who were involved with projects run by the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) have been accepted on degree courses at Cambridge University.

The primary focus of EESW is to promote careers in engineering and to encourage young people to participate in projects that will illustrate to them the many different aspects of engineering. These projects are usually undertaken when students are studying for their Advanced Level GCE examinations.

In 2012 EESW introduced a competition to find the EESW Student of the Year in order to highlight the talented and enthusiastic young people we have in Wales.  Applicants have taken part in the EESW 6th form activity and submitted a written application outlining their achievements and what they think they could contribute to the Welsh economy in the future.  The calibre of the applicants was outstanding which has been well illustrated by the three successful students this year: runners up Ruth Harvey who studied at Gower College Swansea and Callum Jones from Ysgol Friars, Bangor. The winner was Angus Coyne-Grell also from Ysgol Friars.

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Remarkably all three students have been successful in their application to Cambridge as well as another student who was involved in an EESW project, Jamie Dougherty who also studied at Gower College, Swansea. Jamie says: “Getting into Cambridge was a huge relief and it was great to see the hard work I had put in throughout the last two years come to fruition. Leading a team in the EESW project and achieving the gold CREST award which I was granted for working on such a large project helped me develop the skills and qualifications required to reach a top university”.

Ruth added:  “I am absolutely thrilled to be going to Cambridge; I still can’t quite believe it! Working with EESW has given me enough confidence to decide that science is the career for me, and I am thankful for the opportunities and support they’ve given me over the past two years. What’s more, the prize from the Dr Tom Parry Jones EESW Student of the Year award will give me financial support in purchasing supplies and equipment for my degree, for which I am extremely grateful.”

Finally, the winner of the Dr Tom Parry Jones EESW Student of the Year, Angus says: “Taking part in an EESW project and subsequently achieving the Student of the Year award has been a massive academic asset to me and helped me no end in gaining a place to study at Cambridge University. This is a dream come true for me and the two runners up in the student of the year award, who have both also gained a place to study at Cambridge. It is no coincidence that the 3 of us and Jamie Dougherty have gained places at a top university. I am indebted to EESW for the opportunities they have provided me with, the projects and competitions they run have given me a chance to learn about the subjects that most interest me, and to stand out in terms of my UCAS application.”

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