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Matthew Dustan
Matthew Dustan

Press Release - 04 December 2007

Yeovil student wins prestigious Jeremy Fry Memorial Scholarship

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

Matthew Dustan, 19, is the third student selected to receive the Jeremy Fry Memorial Scholarship which commemorates the work of the Bath-based engineer who died in 2005.

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

Matthew attended Preston Comprehensive and Yeovil College before starting a degree course in Sports Engineering at the University in October this year.

He has been chosen to receive the scholarship based on an A3 poster he produced to illustrate how he would tackle a design challenge, featuring a design for a new pedal board for gigging guitarists.

He has successfully used the new device with his own band.

“The great thing about engineering is that if you find something a bit awkward to use, you can do something about it,” said Matthew. “You can change the way it works to make it more useful.

“I’m hoping to look at the design of sports racquet frames on my course, particularly squash. It’s a big University department and there are opportunities to get involved in all sorts of areas of research.”

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 come up with an innovative design for an original engineering device.

The Jeremy 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 (excluding placement years).


The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for quality research and teaching. View a full list of the University's press releases: http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/

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