Team Durham athletes celebrated on IWD 2020
(7 March 2020)
Team Durham athletes, Annabel Fredericks and Lara Tegner, who are both studying General Engineering, have been selected as two of the 30 first-ever beneficiaries of the Santander Universities STEMships initiative.
The inaugural STEMships programme launched by Santander UK is dedicated to supporting female engineering students at universities across the country.
Santander Universities’ inaugural STEMships programme aims to break down the barriers for women entering the engineering industry by providing aspiring female engineer students with the dedicated tools, resources and opportunities needed to succeed in the industry post university.
Annabel and Lara are heavily involved in University Sport, being squash and hockey players respectively, both students work incredibly hard to balance a demanding University course with their sporting commitments.
Looking ahead, Annabel and Lara will embark on a two-year support programme which offers: a £1,500 scholarship; an overseas experience at a leading engineering institution; unique networking events with prominent female leaders in the industry; membership to the Women’s Engineering Society; and mentorship and internship schemes through Santander’s wider networks.
Lara commented, "I value the opportunity to meet female engineers and learn about how they overcome challenges in leadership positions. I am excited about support that this programme will offer me, helping me to meet my full potential."
Annabel said, "After university, I hope to work in renewable energy as I am passionate about sustainability and this is one of my main motivations for working in the engineering industry. I am really looking forward to being part of the STEMship programme and the chance to get to know other female engineering students and professionals over the next two years."
On how their sporting commitments have impacted both Lara said, “The enjoyment, discipline and daily structure that I get from hockey definitely increases my productivity - the fact that I have training or a match to look forward to at the end of every day is a huge motivator for me academically. But above all else, my team is like a second family to me. The support network that hockey provides is invaluable. I’m not sure how I’d get through university without both the academic and emotional support that I can rely on from my friends and coaches.”
Annabel reiterated the importance on getting the balance between academics and sporting excellence right, “Playing squash has been a big part of my university life since first year. I really enjoy both the competitive and social aspect and I’ve made some great friends through squash. It definitely helps me to feel less stressed about work and offers a nice break from academic commitments.”
Find out more about our University Sport Programmes here