Published: 9 December 2021 at 15:39
British Council funding will see female students join from Brazil and Mexico
Anglia Ruskin University’s commitment to encouraging women into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects is going global thanks to new funding from the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM programme.
ARU will receive up to £175,000 from the British Council to support five women from Brazil and Mexico to study fully funded Masters programmes in Engineering.
The British Council Scholarships will cover the students’ tuition, living expenses, visas, and travel to and from the UK, and are open to females and those who identify as female. Whilst in the UK, the students will also be able to access a career development bursary to allow further professional development.
The scheme, for a one-year Masters course starting in September 2022, is open for applications now. The ARU courses covered by British Council Scholarships are MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering, MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Engineering Management, and MSc Construction Project Management.
Globally, females account for only 8% of students in engineering subjects and the British Council Scholarships are specifically aimed at closing the gender skills gap in STEM fields, which is linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
ARU has been assigned Brazil and Mexico based on the university’s previous work in the region and its expertise in Engineering, which is a specific area of focus for the British Council in these two countries.
ARU’s Faculty of Science & Engineering has previously delivered successful student scholarships as part of Brazil’s Science Without Borders programme and works with universities in Latin America, including the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Dr James Johnstone, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: