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IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship


From 2014 to 2016, the IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship of £3,000 per year, was awarded to eligible students studying at Cardiff University.


Background information

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship, was made possible as a result of a generous donation by an IET member of more than 50 years, Graham Tubbs and his wife, Kathleen.






The IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016 are recipients of a scholarship of £3,000 per year for the duration of their degree course, up to a maximum of £9,000 for BEng students and £12,000 for MEng students. The winners also receive free student membership of the IET for the duration of their course.


Candidate Criteria 

Eligibility for an IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship included:

  •  Achieve 'A'  Level or Higher National Diploma or equivalent grades to satisfy Cardiff University entrance  requirements
  •  Demonstrate an interest in engineering
  •  Show evidence that financial support will help you continue your engineering studies
  •  About to commence studying on an IET accredited undergraduate degree programme at Cardiff University.
  • This scholarship was created to help students from South Wales pursue an education and career in engineering. Ideally, candidates would be from one of  the following regions: Ebbw Vale, Tredegar or Beaufort and Cwm, Brynmawr in Blaenau Gwent, Clydach, Abergavenny in Monmouthshire or other areas of the South Wales Valleys.


Applications for the Scholarship

The application process for the Scholarship ended in 2016. However, Mr and Mrs Tubbs will continue to support the three scholarship winners at Cardiff University and are also now supporting the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme.  Students from Ebbw Vale, Tredegar or Beaufort and Cwm, Brynmawr in Blaenau Gwent, Clydach, Abergavenny, in Monmouthshire or other areas of the South Wales Valleys, who are studying on an IET accredited degree course anywhere in the UK, are encouraged to look at the IET's Engineering Horizons Bursary scheme.


2016 winner


Abdul Kalam is studying for a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a year in industry, at Cardiff University. Abdul completed his A Levels at St David's Catholic College.  At college Abdul studied Economics, Maths and ICT BTEC, in which he achieved grades B, B and Distinction retrospectively.  Abdul began his studies at Cardiff University in 2016 and will be working hard to graduate in 2020.  Even though Abdul remains undecided on his career in engineering, he wants to work for a company that would allow him to travel to new places.  He would like to get to know new people and cultures.  Abdul is a member of the University's Engineering and Electronic Society and the University's Badminton Society.  Outside university, Abdul has a part-time job with Sky which will help fund his studies.

2015 winner









Simon Betts has recently completed a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Electrical Engineering at Herefordshire and Ludlow College, achieving grades of Distinction, Distinction, Merit.  Simon has always been a very active member of his community involving himself with charity and voluntary charity work around his local area.  He helped at his local RDA (Riding for the Disabled), over the summer of 2014 and volunteered in both TRW Engineering and GE Aviation (General Electronics).  Simon was also part of the Gwent Army Cadet Force, Usk Young Farmers and Territorial Army. 

Simon is a hardworking, enthusiastic individual who has recently embarked on an MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree course at Cardiff University.  The course commenced 21 September 2015 and is expected to be completed in 2020.  In his third year, Simon hopes to study abroad or in industry.  Simon has always had a passion for aviation and hopes to use his degree to tailor his career towards the aerospace and aeronautical industry.  Simon intends to use his scholarship to both aid his studies and to help gain sponsorship for a trip to Africa, during the summer, to help people in less economically developed countries.  Simon hopes that with a combination of determination and optimism, he can become the engineer that he has always aspired to be.

2014 winner

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Adrian Marc McDarren achieved D*D*D* in BTEC Engineering from Cardiff and Vale College. He is a mature student supporting a family and has over ten year’s practical experience in the engineering industry (machine operator, sheet metal worker and fitter).  He started a BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree course at Cardiff University in  September 2014 and is due to complete it in June 2017.

Adrian is a committed and dedicated individual who has studied a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering and Design alongside a City and Guilds in Autodesk software at Cardiff and the Vale College. He found his previous studies served him well as they have provided all the foundational knowledge required for his move to degree level education, which he found to be a very positive and fulfilling experience. He has undertaken many lines of employment in the past such as fitting and refurbishing air conditioning units on cruise ships for AMT Marine, a machine operator for Scott Timbre and a line controller for LG Electronics Wales just to mention a few, however, this work experience coupled with his determination has helped him realise that he is capable of achieving his dream, of becoming an engineer.