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Lloyd's Register Educational Trust helps fund the ship designers of tomorrow

15 May 2008

A rising star in the world of ship design has been awarded a £10,000 scholarship by the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET).

Marios Dias, an MSc student studying Naval Architecture at UCL's (University College London's) Department of Mechanical Engineering, was presented with the award by Michael Franklin, director of the LRET.

Since 2000, the LRET has awarded an annual ship design scholarship to a UCL student on the MSc course in Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering. Awarded on academic merit, the funds initially go towards course fees, with the remainder paid directly to the student.

Marios Dias, said: "It's a great honour to receive this prestigious award. I'm currently analysing the propulsion system for a South Pacific cruise liner and this scholarship is recognition for the hard work I've put into my studies so far, giving me encouragement to continue with the same pace and determination."

Michael Franklin, director of the LRET, said: "One of the LRET's objectives is to help fund engineering education through selected universities around the world. We work with UCL to provide an annual scholarship for an outstanding student in maritime technology. We want to do what we can to encourage him or her to become one of tomorrow's leader's in this field."

The award was given during a day of presentations from the Ship Design Exercise, an activity undertaken by small teams of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering students as part of their MSc courses. Following a customer's outline requirements, the teams design ships using a suite of preliminary design computer programs. More detailed design work is then carried out with a specialised computer-aided design program for ships (PARAMARINE).

David Fellows, who lectures on naval architecture at UCL, said of the ongoing support from the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust: "The LRET scholarship offers a great opportunity for Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering MSc students to study on these prestigious masters courses at UCL. The Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture MScs are unusual because they don't only offer taught and research elements, but also the opportunity to undertake actual ship design. Over the years these designs have covered vessel requirements ranging from corvettes to cruise liners, and ship types from conventional monohulls to high-speed trimarans.

"UCL is delighted to continue the successful collaboration with the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust and we're particularly honoured that Mr Michael Franklin agreed to present the scholarship at a student Ship Design Presentation."


Notes for editors

Contact details:

For further information about the scholarship, UCL or the LRET please contact Dave Weston on +44 (0) 20 7679 7678 or d.weston@ucl.ac.uk

About University College London

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. In the government's most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 59 UCL departments achieved top ratings of 5* and 5, indicating research quality of international excellence.

UCL is in the top ten world universities in the 2007 THES-QS World University Rankings, and the fourth-ranked UK university in the 2007 league table of the top 500 world universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. UCL alumni include Marie Stopes, Jonathan Dimbleby, Lord Woolf, Alexander Graham Bell, and members of the band Coldplay. Website: www.ucl.ac.uk

About the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust:

The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, an independent charity wholly funded by the Lloyd's Register Group, was established in October 2004. Its principal purpose is to support advances in transportation, science, engineering and technology education, training and research worldwide for the benefit of all. It also funds work that enhances the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. It focuses on four categories:

• pre-university education: through appropriate organisations, promotes careers in science, engineering and technology to young people, their parents and teachers
• university education: through universities and colleges, provides undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships and awards at first degree/masters levels to students of proven ability
• vocational training and professional development: supports professional institutions, educational and training establishments working with people of all ages.
• research: funds existing or new centres of excellence at institutes and universities.



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