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Rock solid support for Leicester students

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

Aggregate Industries founded the bursary programme at the university in 2008 to provide financial support for students 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 at Aggregate Industries and undertake project work, gaining valuable practical experience and industry insight.’

Presenting the awards to the group, Colin Jenkins, managing director of the company’s aggregate products division, 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 are 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 the company and educational establishments in Leicestershire. Through ongoing partnerships with schools and colleges in the county, Aggregate Industries have supplied expertise and advice as well as materials for careers days, building projects and through the Young Enterprise scheme.

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