A North East research centre has awarded a promising local undergraduate its annual scholarship due to her "thirst for knowledge".

The Materials Processing Institute recognised University of Manchester Mathematics student Aimee Hughes at a recent Postgraduate Research Symposium held in London.

The 18-year-old, who previously attended sixth form at Nunthorpe Academy, submitted her application for the Millman Scholarship following a week's work experience at the Institute in 2022.

Aimee, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, now has her sights set on a master's degree in computer science or engineering.

The Northern Echo: Aimee Hughes receives her scholarship certificate from Dr Stuart Millman at the 7th Postgraduate

Established by the Teesside-based Institute, in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, the annual Millman Scholarship is awarded to a deserving candidate from the Tees Valley who is either planning to, or has begun a materials, science, or engineering-related degree.

As part of the scholarship, Aimee will receive a range of practical and academic support throughout her course of study, which will include an annual £1,500 bursary, a paid summer placement, mentorship from an industry advisor, and an invitation to attend the annual symposium.

Aimee said: "I'm extremely grateful to the Materials Processing Institute and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers for giving me this amazing opportunity that will both enrich my learning experience and help me decide on my chosen career path.

"I was inspired to apply having spent a week’s work experience at the Institute some two years ago.

"During that time, I shadowed the Advanced Materials Group, learning about sampling and analysis, as well as the Digital Technologies Group and its work with augmented and virtual reality."

The Head of Research and Technology at the Materials Processing Institute, Gerard Stephens, applauded Ms Hughes' ambition and dedication.

He said: "As a national centre for research and innovation in the fields of advanced materials, industrial decarbonisation, the circular economy and digital technologies, we are committed to promoting STEM careers and creating opportunities for the next generation of talent in the Tees Valley.

"It’s really gratifying to learn that Aimee’s work experience here at the Institute proved so valuable.

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"She is a deserved recipient of the Millman Scholarship, having displayed a thirst for knowledge and a determination to succeed."

The scholarship was founded as a tribute to Dr Stuart Millman, an acclaimed industrial researcher, who bowed out from his role at the Institute in 2018 after a noteworthy 40-year career.

Aimee was named this year’s Millman Scholar at the 7th Postgraduate Symposium on Ferrous Metallurgy held at the Armourers’ Hall in London.