Portsmouth students get funding to help with career aim

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THREE engineering students at the University of Portsmouth have been given a bursary to study at its School of Civil Engineering and Surveying.

Hampshire County Council will also help them reach the all-important chartered status within the Institution of Civil Engineers through the council’s accredited scheme.

James Bragg, 22, Mike Ellis, 20, and Kachinga Shamboko, 22, competed for the life-changing Hampshire County Council bursaries with students from across the region.

Mike is expected to graduate in 2020. He said: ‘I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it means the world to me.

‘I now know exactly where I am going. It has made my life so much easier and I am now well on course to become a chartered engineer.’

Councillor Sean Woodward, in charge of economy, transport and environment at the council, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for these students and we are looking forward to helping them achieve their ambition of becoming civil engineers.’