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SPAL gives a boost to future engineering talent at Harper Adams

Photo credit: Harper Adams University

Photo credit: Harper Adams University

Last week, SPAL Automotive UK MD Matthew Morris was honoured to be invited along once again to the wonderful period buildings of Harper Adams University to help choose the next recipient of the exclusive scholarship from SPAL at the award-winning agricultural seat of learning.

A total of five hopeful engineering students applied for the scholarship which posed the question:

‘Where and how could SPAL products fit into the broader automotive electrification program as a part of the total thermal management system?’

Commenting on the high quality of submissions, Matthew said, “It was interesting to hear the approach each student took to answering this question as I was looking for some holistic thinking not just about the electric vehicle itself but the supporting infrastructure too.”

"A reputation for turning out well-rounded graduates"

Sitting on the interview panel, Matthew along with Doris Taylor Head of Development and Parmjit Chima, Head of Engineering Department reached the unanimous decision to award the SPAL Scholarship to Elliot Lack, Year 2, MEng Mechanical Engineering; an impressive, clever young man whose considered answer was both articulate and concise.

“Harper Adams has a reputation for turning out well-rounded graduates and the panel’s questions about ambitions, greatest achievements and who had been an inspiration to them produced responses that proved I was in the presence of some talented engineers in the making,” Matthew added.

“The winning candidate also stood out for me when I asked what they knew about SPAL. Elliot had clearly done his research and understood what we were about something which will serve him well in the real world when it comes to job interviews.”

Elliot will receive his award at the annual Scholarship Presentation held on 17th May at the University.

SPAL Automotive UK is keen to support the next generation of talented engineers and is looking forward to extending its relationship with the university further in 2024