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Chris Buckle
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Press Release - 04 December 2006

Chippenham student wins prestigious scholarship

A student from Chippenham has been awarded a prestigious £5,000 scholarship to help fund his studies at the University of Bath.

Christopher Buckle, 18, is only the second student to receive the scholarship which commemorates the work of Bath-based engineer Jeremy Fry who died last year.

The scholarship is funded by The James Dyson Foundation and is presented annually to a first-year engineering student at the University of Bath.

Christopher attended Sheldon School and sixth form before starting a degree course in Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University in October this year.

He has been chosen to receive the scholarship based on two A3 posters he produced to illustrate inventive elements of his A-Level and GSCE work in design and technology, one of which included a re-design for Chippenham train station.

“Being awarded such a prestigious scholarship will undoubtedly be a great help, not just through university but also as I start my career,” said Christopher.

“The money will definitely be very useful, and I have already invested in a high-spec desktop computer to help with my studies.

“I am trying to fund my own way through university and it should help me avoid taking out a student loan or working whilst I am here.

“Ultimately I would like to design big buildings such as airports or stadiums, and the University of Bath is one of the best places in the country to help me do this.”

Mr Fry, who founded the company Rotork Controls, was renowned for his inventive approach to engineering design as well as for nurturing young talent. He gave James Dyson his first job.

To apply for the scholarship, students had to design an innovative idea for an original engineering device.

“Chris's submission for the Jeremy Fry Memorial Scholarship was very impressive,” said Professor Alan Day, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design.

“It demonstrated a range of innovative design solutions to a variety of different engineering and design challenges.”

The Fry Memorial Scholarship is open to all first year engineering students studying at the University of Bath who are originally from Bath & North East Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol or South Gloucestershire.

Students who receive the Scholarship will get £1,000 for the first three years of their course, and £2,000 in the final year.

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