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Car giants recognise Lisa’s drive for engineering

October 4th, 2019
Lisa with Jaguar Land Rover’s Dr Matthew Hancock and former President of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Professor Richard Folkson.
A teenager has been awarded a prestigious engineering scholarship by automotive giants, Jaguar Land Rover.
Lisa Davies, a former pupil at Monmouth School for Girls, has been presented with the IMechE Land Rover Spen King Sustainability Award.
She was among 30 gifted young people from across the country who received awards from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at a special ceremony in Westminster.
As part of her award, Lisa will have a work placement at Jaguar Land Rover and receive some financial support during her university studies.
Spen King, after whom the scholarship is named, was the designer of the original Range Rover which the company launched.
“It’s so exciting because I will be given a work placement at Jaguar Land Rover as well as some support during the course of my university studies, so it’s such an incredible opportunity,” said Lisa.
Lisa also holds an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship with the Haberdashers’ Company and was Deputy Head Girl at Monmouth School for Girls last year.
She was crowned Junior Engineer of the Year in 2015 at the Big Bang Fair after designing, Xorbit, an eco-friendly car dehumidifier in a cup, and was Young Entrepreneur at the Monmouthshire Business Awards 2018
She has just started her first year of a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Birmingham after excelling in Maths, Further Maths, Economics and Physics at A level.
The young entrepreneur has been working hard on her Xorbit business and, over the summer, reached the National Youth Market Young Traders’ finals.
“I have always been interested in engineering from a young age but it was probably in Year 9 at school when I entered the STEM competition that I realised engineering was what I wanted to do.
“There are lots of opportunities for women in engineering,” she said.
“Women are under-represented in the engineering sector so there are a lot of opportunities.
“I hope the next generation of girls coming through this school will grasp the opportunities in STEM and make the most of them.”
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