The scheme, for students entering the University in 2008, offers awards of £1,000 to all students achieving three As at A-level and enrolling on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject at Queen’s.
‘We are operating in a knowledge-led economy and it is crucial that we produce graduates with the right blend of know-how, expertise and innovation to ensure future economic prosperity. If we, and our colleagues throughout the university sector, do not act now to ensure a constant flow of such graduates, the economic outlook is bleak,’ said Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Gregson.
The initiative has been welcomed by Nigel Smyth, Director, CBI Northern Ireland. Last month, the CBI called for a scheme to attract science and engineering undergraduates nationally as part of a five-point plan to double the numbers of students taking these subjects.
‘Queen’s University is to be commended for this pioneering and far-sighted scheme which will serve as a role model for others,’ he said.