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Double success for ECS in UKESF Scholar of the Year Award

Published: 11 December 2012

For the second year running, a student from Electronics and Computer Science was a finalist in the prestigious award for UKESF (UK Electronic Skills Foundation) Scholar of the Year.

Samuel Hipkin, who is in the final year of his MEng degree in Electronic Engineering, was one of the two finalists for this year's UKESF Scholar of the Year, an annual award made to the most outstanding student on the UKESF programme. The programme aims to ensure the strong future of electronic engineering in the UK, and provides scholarships and summer placements with some of the UK's leading electronics companies. Samuel spent his summer placement working with ARM in Cambridge and will be joining the company on graduation in 2013.

Last year both students in the final of the competition were from ECS - Adam Malpass (who won the award and now works for Dialog Semiconductors), and Tom Dell (who now works for McLaren), both of whom graduated MEng Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours in July 2012. This year the award was won by Rares-Mihai Popa of Edinburgh University.

'It is an outstanding achievement for ECS to have provided three out of the four finalists in the UKESF Scholar of the Year competition', said Professor Neil White, Head of ECS. 'We strongly support the UK Electronic Skills Foundation and its aims of promoting Electronics. Many of our students have benefited from the Scholarship programme, as well as from the summer placements and summer school, and many of the companies involved in the programme will be attending our annual Careers Fair in February 2013. Many congratulations to Samuel on his success in the programme.'


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