The Steel Innovation Award
The award, in memory of Dr Margaret Steel, is a generous £1000 prize awarded to female students who showed a particular aptitude for innovation and want to develop an idea.
The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is pleased to announce the second year of the Steel Innovation award.
Steel Innovation Award is a £1,000 prize awarded to female engineering and physical sciences students who show a particular aptitude for innovation, and initiative to develop an idea or invention with funding support.
There are no constraints on the topic for the proposed innovation – applicants may choose to extend projects from their studies (e.g. coursework or dissertation) or to develop ideas based on their personal interests and passion. The award is open to all undergraduate, Master and PhD students in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The award is in memory of Dr Margaret Steel, who was often thought to be eccentric in some of her ideas but in actuality her ability to “think out of the box” led her to become one of Imperial Chemical Industries Plc’s most prolific inventors. In her Will, she requested that the Steel Scholarship Fund be created to provide awards to students who have this spark for innovation, thereby allowing others to continue the path she had followed throughout her life.
Julio Faria trustee of The Steel Scholarship Fund stated “The University of Leeds was chosen as the launch pad for the Scholarship because of its international reputation for innovation”.
The Margaret Steel innovation award closely aligns with our equality and inclusion initiatives to attract, inspire and support students from diverse backgrounds to undertake research and innovation careers.
The Faculty Equality and Inclusion lead, Professor Vania Dimitrova said “The Margaret Steel innovation award closely aligns with our equality and inclusion initiatives to attract, inspire and support students from diverse backgrounds to undertake research and innovation careers.”
The deadline for application for the 2021 award is Midday 12th April 2021. For further information about the application process and to obtain an application form, please contact Meg Polese, Faculty Equality and Inclusion Projects Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about last year’s winners here.