Informatics student awarded UKNEST Scholarship

[2021] Third-year Computer Science student, Matt Timmons-Brown won a scholarship from the UK Naval Engineering, Science and Technology (UKNEST) forum.


The scholarship comprises a grant worth £1,500 per academic year, as well as individual mentoring from UKNEST members. This will include site visits, potential for work-placements during vacations and support for project work. Matt will also be “buddied” with graduate employees within the sector. He is one of 12 applicants to be selected for this funding UK-wide. 

The scholarship competition encouraged Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics undergraduates to submit their CVs and an essay. A panel of experts, drawn from UKNEST Members selected successful applicants based on their essays. 

Matt applied to the UKNEST scholarship enthused by a combination of a generous bursary and career mentoring from top defence companies, he felt that this was a fantastic opportunity. As an undergraduate research student keen to explore potential areas of employment after University, Matt foresees that having the advice and mentorship of companies such as Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce will prove invaluable. 

Matt plans to use the bursary money initially to fund his applications for graduate study. With the potential for work-placement with a UKNEST Organisation, the areas of business that the consortium represents could well align to his own interests and career aspirations. 

I am overjoyed to be a UKNEST scholar, and extremely grateful to UKNEST for their generosity. I am also grateful to the School of Informatics for publicising opportunities such as this one.

Matt Timmons-Brown

UKNEST is a forum that promotes the Engineering, Science and Technology interests of the UK Naval Enterprise. The forum is focused on topics that are important across the Ministry of Defence and UK Industry. 

Matt is a penultimate year undergraduate at the School of Informatics, studying for a BSc in Computer Science. Alongside being an author (“Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi”) and YouTube creator (The Raspberry Pi Guy), Matt has previously worked at Amazon Robotics (London) and Arm (Cambridge). 

Matt is currently working on bi-manual humanoid robotics research in the Robotics Laboratory (Edinburgh Centre for Robotics), under Professor Sethu Vijayakumar. 

Also note, Matt is a Bill Tutte Memorial scholar through an annual bursary provided by the Bill Tutte Trust. 

Related links

The Raspberry Pi Guy YouTube Channel