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March 2010

Ten geology students from the University of Leicester have been presented with bursary awards from Leicestershire-based construction materials giant Aggregate Industries. 

We founded the bursary programme at the university in 2008 which provides financial support as well as work placements with the company during the summer months.

 Kip Jeffery, senior lecturer in industrial rocks and minerals at the University of Leicester, said: “It is fantastic that Aggregate Industries is once again offering these bursaries to our students. We are now in the third-year of this programme and it continues to build upon the range of existing research, technical and other industry links with the Geology Department at Leicester.

The programme allows our students to spend time with us and undertake project work, gaining valuable practical experience and industry insight.” 

Colin Jenkins, managing director of the company’s aggregate products division presented the awards to the group. He said “A geology degree is a good preparation for a career in construction and building products, but students entering our business with a geology degree will see that there is a lot more on offer at Aggregate Industries than being a geologist”  

Two former Leicester students, who received the bursary awards in 2008, are now working as trainee quarry managers in Derbyshire and North Yorkshire and Aggregate Industries is hoping  that this year’s undergraduates will explore the opportunities with the company.

The bursary programme forms part of a long history of links between Aggregate Industries and educational establishments in Leicestershire. On-going partnerships with schools and colleges in the county see us supplying expertise, advice as well as materials for career days, building projects and through the Young Enterprise scheme.


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