Awards get backing

Britain’s leading industrial companies have joined forces to underwrite the new Science & Technology Student of The Year Awards, an initiative designed to change attitudes to technology education.

Organiser Malcolm Turner said: ‘For too long technical education has suffered from an ‘artisan’ image in this country; an unspoken assumption that making things is less prestigious than dealing in things. This is not the case in the USA, France or Japan, where technical degrees are among the most sought after; or Germany where engineering is considered to be more prestigious than medicine. British industry recognises the need for a change in attitude and, in launching this new award scheme, plans to turn the limelight onto manufacturing by making these awards the “Oscars” of technology education.’