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Victoria Scorey receiving her award from Robert McDonald, the Deputy Chair of the IET local network.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Local Network Prize for Student Excellence is designed to reward excellence in students in electrical/ electronic/ mechanical engineering, computing, telecommunications, or control and automation systems in their final year at university.

This year the Merseyside and Western Cheshire local network prize awarded the prize to third year student Victoria Scorey, from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park.

Victoria will be graduating at the University’s graduation ceremonies in Chester in November. She is about to start working for a data analysis company in Liverpool, who were impressed with her coding and maths abilities, achieved through her course, as well as her dissertation. She explains why she chose this particular course: “I chose Chester because I liked the look of the city and the facilities at Thornton. I enjoyed the robotics module I did in second year the most. I think overall the wide scope of modules we did has been helpful in bulking out my CV and making me more desirable to potential employers.”

The IET award was presented to Victoria recently by Robert McDonald, the Deputy Chair of the local network, and Roger Todd, Schools Liaison Officer. Dr Paul Folan, Associate Professor, and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Chester, said: “I am delighted that Victoria has been chosen for this prestigious IET award. Her dissertation work on predictive control for hybrid vehicles, promises to be of immense importance to the automotive industry in the coming years, and this award is a testament to all the hard work that she has put into this project, and her other subjects, during her time at Chester.”

For Victoria, winning the award has been the icing on the cake, and she says she would definitely recommend a STEM degree to those making their degree choices at the moment:

“It is an honour to receive this prize and to be recognised for my efforts in engineering. I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and encouragement passed along by my lecturers. To other young women who may be considering engineering, if you think it's something you'll enjoy doing, then do it! I've massively enjoyed my time at the Thornton Campus and would recommend doing a STEM degree to everyone with an interest in the future technology of the world.”

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