The Programme will promote Science & Engineering and Women in STEM.
At a special award ceremony today, global medical technology company, BD RCI, launched a new scholarship and bursary programme for University of Limerick (UL) students. The programme is being funded by the company through the UL Foundation to support students from the University’s Access programme, which works to encourage the participation of students from groups who have been under-represented in the University sector. Four female students studying science and engineering were awarded the BD Bursaries for Women in STEM with a value of €5,000 each. Six students also received the BD Scholarships in Science and Engineering, which were awarded based on academic achievement and valued at €2,000 each. Recipients of the bursaries and scholarships will also be appointed a professional mentor from BD. Speaking at the launch, BD’s Site Director, Padraig Fitzgerald said: “At BD we are passionate about advancing the world of health, and making a difference for the better in the world. We were delighted when the opportunity arose to support this very worthy initiative especially when it offered the chance for us to promote the development of future STEM talent. The BD Scholarship and Bursary Programme was created to acknowledge outstanding academic achievement in Science and Engineering, and to support and encourage under-represented student groups to strive for excellence. We are delighted to be able to offer our support for this cause and are hoping that perhaps one day we can work together with the students here at BD Research Centre Ireland.” Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development at the UL Foundation, responded by saying: “We are delighted with this scholarship and bursary programme, which not only encourages and supports under-represented student groups, but also strengthens the University’s commitment to gender equality and diversity. Our thanks to BD for the generosity and leadership they have demonstrated with this initiative”. Also attending the event was Deirdre O’Connor, Access Officer at the University, who said: “The task that we undertake in the Access Office is a challenge, but when we see students who may not have gained access to third level go on to achieve their goals, we feel a sense of pride and determination to make third level access more equal. The students we meet have the ability, determination and work ethic to succeed, but what is important is that they get the support and opportunities, such as these scholarships and bursaries so generously supported by BD”. ENDS About BD BD is a leading global medical technology company with more than 65,000 employees worldwide. Since 1964, BD has invested significantly in creating Irish jobs and now employs more than 1300 highly skilled workers in Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire, Enniscorthy and Limerick. Building on this long history of success in Ireland, BD established Research Centre Ireland (RCI) Limerick in February 2017 as a global research & development hub located in Castletroy, Limerick. RCI is a new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the beautiful University of Limerick campus. It develops innovative technologies to improve biomedical discovery, clinical diagnosis of disease, and the delivery of care for patients and health care workers. 200 experts are employed in software development, software testing, systems engineering, mechanical and electronic engineering, project management, quality and biosciences including immunology. The diverse, collaborative team brings together people from 27 countries working in multidisciplinary teams to solve problems and advance the world of health. About University of Limerick: The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with more than 15,000 students and 1,400 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. More information is available at www.ul.ie. Tweet @UL Facebook.com/universityoflimerick LinkedIn University of Limerick Snapchat U of Limerick About University of Limerick Foundation: Established in 1989, the University of Limerick Foundation is engaged in fundraising for the University from private individuals, institutions and business. In excess of €200 Million has been raised to date in support of what is now a world class university and campus. Working closely with the President, the Foundation promotes the University of Limerick and the many facets that make it standout in the higher education landscape to potential benefactors.