Student in gear after award win

Harriet Vickers of Spalding who has won a �3,000 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship to study engineering at Durham University.
Harriet Vickers of Spalding who has won a �3,000 Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship to study engineering at Durham University.

Ex-Spalding High School student Harriet Vickers (18) is revved up for an engineering career with help from motoring giant Jaguar Land Rover.

Harriet is the winner of this year’s Range Rover Evoque WISE scholarship worth £3,000 after impressing judges with her knowledge and passion for an industry she first set her heart on working in when she was 13.

The scholarship will help pay for her studies at Durham University where Harriet hopes to earn an engineering degree after picking up A-levels in design technology, maths, further maths and physics from Spalding High School in the summer.

She is to be presented with her scholarship at the prestigious WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Awards in London on Thursday where guests will include the organisation’s patron the Princess Royal.

Harriet said: “I am so thrilled to have won this scholarship and can’t wait to celebrate my achievement on Thursday which will be a double celebration as it’s my 19th birthday the day afterwards.

“This has been a busy but great few weeks for me, with my studies starting at Durham University and winning this scholarship, I’m completely convinced that engineering is the best career path.”

The scholarship was launched by the Princess Royal’s daughter Zara Phillips in May to inspire girls to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or maths, with the aim of increasing the number of female employees in those sectors from 13 per cent to 30 per cent by 2020.

Along with the scholarship, Harriet will act as an ambassador for both WISE and Jaguar Land Rover which, in return, will give her mentoring support.

“I’m excited to be a WISE and Jaguar Land Rover Ambassador and I’m looking forward to encouraging more girls to follow the amazing career path offered by engineering,” Harriet said.

“I hope to start by going back to my old school and talking to girls there.”