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Lucy Ferguson
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Press Release - 06 June 2006

Device for straightening fencing swords wins engineering scholarship for Lucy

A University of Bath student has been awarded a £5,000 scholarship for her innovative idea for straightening bent fencing swords.

Lucy Ferguson will receive the money from a new scholarship scheme to commemorate the work of Bath-based engineer Jeremy Fry who died last year.

The Scholarship is funded by the James Dyson Foundation and will be awarded annually to a first-year engineering student at the University of Bath.

Lucy, an 18-year-old Mechanical Engineering student from Bristol, is a pentathlete and came up with the idea while training for the fencing competition.

“I am really pleased to have won the scholarship which will go a long way to helping me through university,” said Lucy, who spends around 20 hours per week training alongside her studies.

“I take part in the British Universities Sports Association pentathlon competitions, and hope that I can step up a level from there.

“Ideally I would like to be competing in the pentathlon event at the 2012 Olympics, but at the same time I want to become a sports engineer and Bath is the best place to do both together.”

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.

The Fry Memorial Scholarship is open to all first year engineering students studying at the University of Bath who are originally from the Bath and Bristol area.

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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