Sally Hall is one of only 10 students in the country to receive the award. 

Exeter student awarded Undergraduate Achievement Grant

A University of Exeter student has been awarded an Undergraduate Achievement Grant for her commitment to engineering.

MEng Electronic Engineering student, Sally Hall, is one of only 10 students in the country to receive the award and will be able to use the £1,000 grant, awarded by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, to help with her studies.

Sally received her award at the IET Achievement Awards Ceremony held last month at The Brewery in London.

The evening also provided the award winners with an opportunity to network with potential employers and industry experts.

Sally said: “The award ceremony was overwhelming. I was surrounded by well-established and successful engineers across different disciplines from the UK and around the globe. It was an honour to meet leading researchers in their field and have the opportunity to discuss their work with them.

“Much of what was discussed in the ceremony was that engineering as a discipline and engineers as professionals are not often celebrated for their achievements. The whole day was a true celebration of achievement and of continued learning and progress. It was brilliant to be part of it.

“I am honoured to have been selected and the award will help me greatly in my final year. Not only is it beneficial financially but I have gained many new connections to people in the industry.”

Sally, who has recently started her masters year, applied for the grant with help from her research supervisor Dr Mustafa Aziz.

Winners were chosen based on the quality of their application and their commitment to engineering. Achievements and academic progress were also assessed, as well as external activity, such as volunteering, STEM promotion or work experience.

“I have really enjoyed my degree at the University of Exeter, particularly the programming and communication modules” said Sally.

In her second year, Sally had the opportunity to work with a research team from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, to help in the design and construction of medical aids for stroke survivors and children with cerebral palsy. The work was presented at the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology conference in Dublin this summer, which she presented along with her team.

Sally expanded her knowledge and interest in the area of prosthetics, robotics and rehabilitation with her dissertation as she worked alongside an orthopaedic surgeon to make a device used in total knee replacements.

Alongside her studies, Sally was previously the Vice-President of the Exeter Engineering Society and now holds the role of Treasurer.

Sally is hoping to embark on a career in prosthetics or medical robotics upon her graduation next summer.

Date: 3 December 2018

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