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IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship


If you are commencing an IET accredited engineering Bachelors or MEng degree programme at Cardiff University then you could be eligible for a scholarship worth £3,000 per year.


Background information

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship, worth £3,000 per year, has been 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 winner will receive a scholarship of £3,000 per year for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of £9,000 for BEng students and £12,000 for MEng students. The winner will also receive free student membership of the IET for the duration of their course.


Candidate Criteria 

To be eligible for an IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship you will need to:

  •  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 (please see paragraph below regarding IET  Accreditation)
  • This scholarship has been created to help students from South Wales pursue an education and career in engineering. Ideally, you will 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.


IET Accreditation

All applicants for the IET Tubbs Family Blaenau Gwent Scholarship must be about to commence studying on an IET accredited undergraduate degree programme at Cardiff University.  A list of the eligible programmes can be found at http://www.theiet.org/academics/accreditation and include the Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Integrated Engineering programmes


Applications for the Scholarship

The application process for the Scholarship is being managed by Cardiff University and the closing date for 2016 is Friday, 29 July 2016. If you think you meet the above criteria, please contact engineering-UG@cardiff.ac.uk for further information.


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.


Press release

31 March 2014 - South Wales engineering students invited to apply for new IET scholarship (source: The IET)




Friday 29 July 2016, 17:00


Submit an application

Application Form 2016  (PDF)


Welsh Scholarship Flyer (PDF)

Alternative Sources of Financial Assistance (PDF)


See also

IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

Cardiff University

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Related links

Cardiff University - Candidate Criteria