27th April 2016, 2:15pm
New scholarships open industry doors for talented mathematicians
New scholarships open industry doors for talented mathematicians More than £35,000 has been awarded to two young mathematicians at the University of Lincoln, UK, as part of a prestigious industry partnership.

Global technology manufacturer e2v has joined up with the University’s School of Mathematics & Physics to provide two scholarships that will support students throughout their studies as well as providing extensive industry experience.

e2v leads developments in new technology for communications, automation, discovery, healthcare and the environment. Worldwide, more than 90% of all radiotherapy machines contain e2v’s technology, and the company’s imaging devices are at the heart of more than 150 space-based instruments – including equipment for planetary exploration missions and Earth observation systems.

The new e2v scholarships, worth £18,000 each over the course of three years, were open to all first year undergraduates on the University of Lincoln’s BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme. Students who applied were shortlisted before a series of interviews took place.

Harry Lloyd (19), from Reedness near Goole, and Jay Tasker (18), originally from Cleethorpes, were awarded the scholarships and attended a special event at the e2v offices in Lincoln to celebrate their success.

They will both receive three instalments of £6,000 while studying at the University of Lincoln, which will contribute towards living costs and support for their studies. They will also complete three six-week summer placements at e2v’s two bases in Lincoln.

Harry said: “I'm delighted to have been selected for the scholarship and feel extremely lucky – it is the opportunity of a lifetime and I can't wait to get stuck in. I’m really looking forward to the summer placements, as I’m sure we will have a varied experience and gain many industry-relevant skills. It is amazing to be heading into such an exciting field, and into a company with such a variety of progression paths and directions.”

Jay added: “It will be great to gain experience of working for a successful and well-established company. In the future, I hope to make a difference in the world and to have a career that I'm proud of and that matters. I think this scholarship will help me towards that goal.”

In December 2015, company expansion saw e2v’s Microwave business relocate to a new development on Firth Road in Lincoln while the Electronic Safety & Initiation arm remains at the Sadler Road site in the city. Harry and Jay will spend time at both locations, gaining experience in the design, manufacturing and testing of new technologies. The industry placements are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of each stage of the development process.

Gary Stimson, Product Manager at e2v, explained: “We have been working with the University of Lincoln for a number of years and have developed an extremely beneficial partnership which incorporates industry innovation and practice with academic expertise and cutting-edge research. Our work to date has focused on high level research and development in collaboration with the University’s academic teams, however these new scholarships and placements represent the next phase of our relationship. We are delighted to be investing in the talent of the future.

“Within e2v, our teams work for extended periods of time in very specific niches and we therefore feel that Harry and Jay’s experience will be unlike any other. It is a wonderful chance for them to gain insight into a very exciting industry, and a great opportunity for us to introduce new talent to the business.”  

Dr Evgeny Khukhro, Programme Leader for Mathematics at the University of Lincoln, said: “As a University we believe that gaining industry insight is a key part of higher education, which complements the knowledge acquired in fundamental theoretical courses. Working with e2v – a world leader in its field – throughout their studies represents a remarkable prospect for Harry and Jay. We wish them the best of luck and thank e2v for providing this opportunity.”