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ECS student represents the brightest talent at Electronics Showcase

Published: 19 December 2011

ECS student Adam Malpass was invited to London last week to represent the brightest talent among the UK's electronics students.

Adam, who is in the final year of his MEng degree in Electronic Engineering at Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, met the UK's Business Minister Mark Prisk at the Electronics Showcase event held at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The two-week event showcased the best of British manufacturing in innovative, high-tech electronics, to highlight the expertise Britain has in this sector, and the contribution that electronics makes to the economy.

Adam was last month awarded the title of 'Scholar of the Year' by the UK Electronics Skills Foundation which promotes Electronics as a discipline in schools and universities and aims to provide a good supply of electronics skills for the sector in the future.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:

“Electronics is involved in every part of the economy, from consumer goods to farming. It makes cars more reliable, aircraft safer and data movement faster.

“There is massive potential for growth in the sector and the UK is uniquely placed in Europe to take full advantage of that. We have 40% of the European market in electronics system design, nearly a third of Europe's silicon design companies and we are the home to Europe's largest concentration of electronics systems design houses.

“With all this expertise already here in Britain, it’s surprising that the public don’t necessarily know about it. That’s why we’re running programmes like our Make it in Great Britain campaign to dispel the myth that we don’t make anything in Britain anymore and inspire our young people to consider an exciting career in modern manufacturing.”

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