At a special ceremony today, engineering firm, Arup, presented cheques to students under a new scholarship and awards programme in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick.
The initiative sees the establishment of the Arup Scholarship for Women in Civil Engineering and the Arup Integrated Design Project Awards in Civil Engineering at UL.
Under the Arup Scholarship for Women in Civil Engineering, student Eve Cassidy, who had attended Glenamaddy Community School in Co. Galway, received a cheque for €4,000. A special Women in Civil Engineering Prize was also made to student Niamh McCarthy, who attended St. Mary’s School in Macroom, and received a cheque for €1,000 on the day.
In addition, four Awards valued at €1,500 each were made to third year students in the Civil Engineering programme who undertook “Integrated Design” projects. These included: Best Engineering Design (Group Award); Best Engineering Designer; Sustainable Project Award; and Outstanding Collaboration Award.
John Reale, Director, Arup, who presented the awards said: “Arup is delighted to sponsor this new scholarship and award programme at UL. Arup has a long established commitment to diversity and encouraging more females to study engineering and STEM subjects generally. Supporting further education is hugely important to us as a firm. ”
Speaking about the new scholarship programme, David Cronin, CEO of the UL Foundation said: “We are delighted with this new commitment from Arup which will not only reward excellence in engineering generally, but will also further strengthen the University’s commitment to gender equality”.
UL was in recent times granted the Athena SWAN Bronze Award to UL for its gender specific work and its commitment to the principle of equality.