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Preston student receives national engineering bursary

Posted on - 23rd January, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Nazma Mulla
Nazma hopes to be part of a generation that balances gender disparity in the industry

A student from Preston has been named as one of this year’s recipients of a Royal Academy of Engineering bursary.

Nazma Mulla, who is studying Computer Science with Philosophy and Statistics at the University of Glasgow, is one of 31 female students across the UK to receive the bursary this year.

The bursary provides a support package of up to £20,000 to female students from low-income households progressing from A Level or technical education courses to university education. 

The award has been granted to Nazma for demonstrating a drive and passion for computing and engineering, and an understanding of how innovation and creativity in these fields can help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

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Alongside the financial support, Nazma will be matched with an industry mentor, and provided with training and networking opportunities.

Growing up in Preston, Nazma knew from a young age that she wanted to study computer science. Inspired by her older brother Jamal, who would come home from university and speak about what he had been learning, she decided at 14 she wanted do the same.

Now in her first year at the University of Glasgow, Nazma is studying Computer Science along with Philosophy and Statistics. She loves that this is helping her prepare her for a dream career in artificial intelligence.

Nazma is focused on going straight into a master’s course and then a PhD in order to fulfil that dream, and is grateful that the bursary means she won’t have to worry about finding a part-time job.

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Describing the moment she’d been successful in the bursary application, Nazma said: “I remember running down the stairs immediately to tell my family. Now I don’t have to worry about funding my degree and can put 100 percent of my focus into academia.”

She hopes to be part of a generation that balances gender disparity in the industry.

“I want to improve representation in the academic subject and in the industry. You have to keep putting in the effort and focusing on yourself. I try not to be phased by the fact that I’m in a class of mostly male students.”

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