Sponsorship scheme offers £3,000 a year to budding engineers and technologists

The Digital Academy, launched by Siemens, will offer undergraduates up to £3,000 a year in sponsorship, and paid summer placements

Siemens has launched a Digital Academy to support future engineering and tech talent.

The programme is part of the MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe), a partnership between Siemens, the University of Sheffield and Newcastle University. Students for the programme are selected from a number of Siemens’ further partner universities through a live engineering challenge.

This summer saw the pilot of the programme with six students from EEE (electrical and electronic engineering) and computer science departments at the Universities of Sheffield, Southampton, Loughborough, Manchester, and Newcastle taking part.

I think that being a part of this scheme will help to accelerate my career progression and allow me to grow as an individual.
– Nikhil Patel, Newcastle University

Nikhil Patel, an electrical engineering student at Newcastle University, and member of the pilot cohort, said: “Being part of the Digital Academy gives me an insight into how Siemens operates as a business and it also provides me with the means to be able to make a difference. It gives me the opportunity to develop my technical and transferable skills whilst working on real, cutting-edge projects and I think that being a part of this scheme will help to accelerate my career progression and allow me to grow as an individual.”

A new cohort of students will be selected at Siemens’ MindSphere Live event in November this year. The event will see students compete in the Sir William Siemens Challenge to create an ‘automated device that visualises MindSphere IoT data’.


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The Digital Academy will support the winning students with £3,000 a year from their second year of study, as well as up to 12 weeks of paid summer placements with Siemens throughout the duration of their degree.

Applicants must be studying one of the following subjects:

  • Electrical / Electronic Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Robotics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Other related degrees

The Sir William Siemens Challenge will take place from the 15­–17 November 2019, and applications are open until 20 October 2019.

For more information about the challenge, and to apply, visit https://jobs.siemens-info.com/jobs/178075