The seven MSc Bursary Scheme scholars with Martin rushton, Central Engineering Director and Scheme Manager, Dawn Rayson

100 scholars

The engineers are among 100 scholars to win a place on the three-year MSc Bursary Scheme which got underway last year.

Our company is one of nine industry partners which are supporting the government’s Aerospace MSc Bursary  scheme along with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

We sponsored a further 19 students from outside our business in 2013 bringing the total number of candidates to more than a quarter of the scheme’s overall intake for the year.

Proud to take part

Martin Rushton, central engineering director for our Military Air and Information (MAI) business, said: “BAE Systems is proud to be part of the scheme to help up skill the UK aerospace industry with the other engineering businesses.

“The scheme is seen as a beneficial part of the development of the next engineering generation.

“We also recognise the great achievement of all our engineers in getting through the internal and external processes to gain the bursary award on behalf of the company.”

Boosting skills in aerospace

The scheme, which was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron at the Farnborough International Air Show in 2012, aims to boost skills in the aerospace industry to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of technology advances.

It offers to pay up to £9,500 for tuition fees for up to 500 students undertaking MSc programmes across 50 UK universities through the academic year 2015/16.

Strong interest

Dawn Rayson, who manages the scheme on our behalf, said: “The second year of the scheme is now open and we are getting a lot of interest for sponsorship within the scheme”.

“The interest is particularly strong among students who want to be sponsored at universities within the North West, which is excellent news for our company and the aerospace industry as a whole.”

For further details on the scheme, visit our careers webpage.