Supporting engineers of the future

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Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of heavy equipment and power systems products, is helping to fund six engineering scholarships at The University of Nottingham.

Nottingham is one of five universities to benefit from the donation, which is part of Caterpillar’s ongoing commitment to sustainable education and the Caterpillar Foundation’s investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects will help increase the UK pipeline of talent in these critical fields.

The money will be used predominantly to provide student support for six scholarships in engineering which will remain in place for the duration of their studies. It will also go towards a number of engineering taster days, which will be targeted at children from disadvantaged areas and will also contribute towards an engineering, maths and computer science summer school in summer 2013.
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Nurturing talent

Professor Andrew Long, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said: “STEM subjects have been identified by the government as being absolutely critical to the UK’s future prosperity and global competiveness, and we are delighted that Caterpillar have chosen to work with us in the promotion of engineering in schools and colleges via our outreach programme, and through provision of a scholarship scheme for current students studying at the University.

“The significant financial support from Caterpillar for this work is greatly welcomed and we are very pleased to be one of only five universities in the UK with whom Caterpillar has chosen to partner. As a University, we are looking forward to developing a long relationship with Caterpillar as we work towards common goals.”

As one of the country’s leading engineering organisations, Caterpillar recognises the role it has to play in developing a sustainable talent pipeline by providing work experience opportunities for young people studying for STEM qualifications. Caterpillar Scholars will enjoy these opportunities at the company’s UK-based businesses with the objective to transition the scholars to candidates for Caterpillar’s graduate development programme.

Building relationships

“This investment, which will create Caterpillar Scholars among the undergraduate population, is a manifestation of Caterpillar’s commitment to work with our UK Partner Universities to improve the quantity of undergraduates studying STEM related subjects and the quality of graduates hired by Caterpillar,” said Simon Collins, Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) Future Talent Development Manager.

“We look forward to matching the knowledge of our Caterpillar team with the talent at The University of Nottingham in these efforts to support our future talent development plans. Our experience in innovation, engineering and manufacturing and the expertise in education at the University — makes this partnership a perfect fit,” said Collins.

Expanding scholarships and bursaries is a key project within the University’s new appeal, Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, which is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. Find out more about scholarships and how you can support us at

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…


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