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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


The new Pindelski-Barrack Bursary: Alumni fund places for MechEng undergraduates

  • Bursary open to applications from current offer holders for 2015/16 academic year
  • Awards will cover full undergraduate fees
 UCL Mechanical Engineering students in students in Munich

A new scheme of bursaries for UCL Mechanical Engineering undergraduates has been launched. The Pindelski-Barrack Bursaries are named after the UCL alumni who will fund and manage the scheme, Thomas Pindelski and Tom Barrack, (Class of 1973 and Class of 2008 respectively). The bursaries will cover the full fees for new students from less privileged backgrounds throughout their undergraduate degrees.

“Great responsibility”

In announcing the scheme, Tom Barrack, now a senior mechanical engineer said; “It is with great pleasure that my family and I have been able to begin the Pindelski-Barrack bursary commencing in 2015. It is a great responsibility and honour to be involved in such a fantastic award, and for me personally, to be involved with the wonderful work and institution that is UCL Engineering.

In line with UCL’s founding aims of bringing education to all, my family has always valued and encouraged education as a keystone of society. We are hoping that this award will support students to develop and thrive within UCL Mechanical Engineering; leading to successful career opportunities. Furthermore, we hope this will encourage them to contribute back to the institution and share the benefits they have received.”

“Visionary contributions”

Kennedy Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Department Yiannis Ventikos said;

“I am truly delighted to welcome the establishment of the Pindelski-Barrack Bursaries. These bursaries are the result of the commitment and generosity of Mr Thomas Pindelski and Mr Tom Barrack, uncle and nephew, both graduates of our department.

Such remarkable and visionary contributions from our alumni are tremendously important in our unrelenting efforts to bring our department to the very top worldwide and to ensure access to the widest possible pool of talent. I am sure I am conveying everybody’s feelings – staff, students, alumni, but also prospective students that are enabled and empowered by this gift – when I express my most heartfelt thanks to Thomas and Tom.”

Applications for bursary open to current offer holders

One bursary is available for the 2015/16 academic session commencing in September 2015 and applications are now open to current UCL Mechanical Engineering offer holders. Applications close on Friday, 10 July 2015 at 5pm.

The scheme will eventually fund three academic places each year.

For eligibility criteria, to apply and for further details of the Pindelski-Barrack Bursary and other grants, visit our UG Funding award page for prospective students.

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