Aspiring engineers in South Cumbria have been recognised for their academic achievements by Barrow and District Association of Engineers.

Students, nominated by tutors, from schools and colleges shared more than £5,000 in prize money at the annual bursary awards.

This year’s awards were hosted on a live Zoom call in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Emillie Tyson, from Ulverston Victoria High School, won The BDAE Engineering Scholarship.

As a result of this, Emillie received a bursary of £1,200 and is currently studying MEng Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol.

The runner up was Cameron Pollack from Barrow Sixth Form College, now studying MEng Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, who received a bursary of £625.

Izzy Rodger won the top First Year Student Bursary Award and received £400 in prize money.

Fellow Barrow Sixth Form College student Connor McLoughlin also picked up a £300 bursary prize.

The other Student Bursary Award winners on the night were Finnlay Blake, of Ulverston Victoria High School, and Jack Tallentire, of Millom School, who both received £300.

Daniel Woods, a Technical Engineering Student at Barrow-based company K Salisbury, and Engineering Craft student Sam Byrne, who both study at Furness College’s Channelside campus, received a £300 bursary each.

All the awards were presented by Ian Muldowney, who is BAE Systems Chief Operating Officer & Engineering Director Air.

Denis Lidstone, of BDAE who organises the bursary scheme, said: “This year we moved to a virtual platform but there was still such a great atmosphere of celebration in the Zoom room to mark the achievements of these remarkable young people.

“We hope they will be encouraged to continue a lifelong journey of learning in their chosen fields of engineering and we hope they will bring their skills and knowledge to Furness and be a part of the world-class engineering we have here in the future.”