DC10-260 NEWS RELEASE
Belfast, Tuesday 26th October 2010:The Faculty of Computing and Engineering at the University of Ulster has today announced its commitment to supporting technological innovation by sponsoring the Best Project from a Northern Ireland School award at the 2011 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
In recent years the BT-organised exhibition has recorded a steady increase in entries from Northern Ireland, with local schools being among the top category winners at the event last year. The Northern Ireland specific award was launched in 2009 and was developed to recognise the calibre of entries received from local schools.
Announcing the sponsorship, Professor Richard Millar, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at the University of Ulster said, “This exciting new partnership reflects the Faculty of Computing and Engineering’s focus on engaging with schools and colleges to raise awareness of the diversity and attractiveness of a career in computing and engineering.
“We hope that our support will help to encourage local schools to get involved with the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition which in turn will help to produce the next generation of much needed computer scientists and engineers.
“Over the past number of years Northern Ireland students have made their mark at the BT exhibition, which is unique in that it encourages pupils to work together to solve ‘real world’ engineering problems using science and technology. Through their involvement, we hope this will help to give students the confidence to think about undertaking a course in computing science or engineering at the University of Ulster.”
Peter Morris, Director of Consumer and Corporate Services at BT, commented; “The exhibition is now in its 47th year, and we believe that its sustainability comes in part from the strong eco-system that is in place to deliver the event year after year. Schools, students, parents, teachers, business partners and government organisations help us to make this one of the leading events of its kind in the world, and we are absolutely delighted to add the University of Ulster to the exhibition’s distinguished list of supporters.”
The Northern Ireland award will be presented at a ceremony on the final day of the four day exhibition which is taking place at the RDS in Dublin from 11-15 January 2011. Over 520 projects will be showcased at the event, which attracts visitors of more than 35,000 each January.
As part of the sponsorship package the Faculty will also be supporting BT’s Business of Science and Technology programme, a three day business mentoring initiative which aims to provide students with the commercialisation skills they need to turn their innovative ideas into commercial opportunities.
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