Recognising international talent

An international student will be embarking upon a new journey at our University as an ambassador for international investment in women scholars.

Soon-to-be Master’s student in Engineering Management Shruti Ramachandran is one of the 100 Indian women to have been awarded a British Council 70th Anniversary Scholarship.

The 70th Anniversary Scholarships mark the British Council’s 70 years in India and are the organisation’s first programme solely for women. The scholarships cover tuition fees for a one-year Master’s course in science, technology, engineering or mathematics during the 2018-19 academic year.

100 scholars will be attending 44 British universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The scholarships have been designed to offer the women the chance to work in world-class research environments and collaborate in international research teams.

Shruti will commence studying for her Master’s in Engineering Management in September 2018.

Shruti said: “I am very thankful to the University of Leicester for nominating me for the British Council 70thanniversary award and the British Council for seeing me as a potential candidate and entrusting me with this award.

“By getting a full tuition waver, I am now able to finance my postgraduate study by myself thereby relieving my parents from the financial burden. It has increased my confidence level and instilled a new sense of enthusiasm in me. This award has motivated me to study and work hard and not let down people who believed in me with such a prestigious award.

“My parents are very proud of me. Such awards are important to girls as it gives them a sense of independence and a chance to grow. I hope many more girls receive this scholarship and excel in life.”

Professor Jonathon Chambers FREng, Head of the Department of Engineering, said: “We will be delighted to welcome Shruti to our Department at the University of Leicester in September 2018.

“This award is testament to Shruti's previous success in her studies and the importance of developing female talent in engineering management to underpin future growth in India. She is joining a leading programme in the field and I'm sure she will have an outstanding experience in Leicester.”