Published on 15/02/2021
Clive Hickman and student
  • Prestigious Hickman scholarship awarded to Aston Engineering student 
  • Funds to pay for IT equipment and travel to work placement as well as mentoring

A first-year mechanical engineering student in the College of Engineering and Physical Science, Aston University, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Hickman Education Foundation, to help fund her placement year in industry and purchase much needed IT equipment and software, after struggling to complete her studies using a mobile phone.

Dr Clive Hickman, who is also an alumnus of Aston University, graduating with a PhD in1984 and gaining an Honorary degree in 2018, is chief executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry and is known for his work in industry - specifically at Tata Motors where he was responsible for the ‘peoples car’ - the Nano in India and the introduction of the Vista electric vehicle in the UK. 

Dr Clive Hickman, Chief Executive, Manufacturing Technology Centre said: “I am very pleased to be sponsoring Fayrooz because I can clearly remember the financial difficulties I faced as an undergraduate in a low income family. My PhD from Aston University gave me a great springboard for my career and I hope that with the help of sponsorship, Fayrooz can also embark on her own exciting engineering journey”. 

As part of the scholarship award, Dr Hickman will act as Fayrooz’s mentor for the next four years, as she completes her studies and prepares for her future engineering career. 

Clive launched the Hickman Education Foundation in 2015 to support the next generation of engineers to make the most of their future careers in Engineering. The Foundation helps young people interested in a career in engineering that may need financial support, education, training or mentoring to help them maximise and fulfil their potential.

Fayrooz Farhan, mechanical engineering student, Aston University said: “Receiving this scholarship has granted me the opportunity to pursue my educational dreams despite the financial burden I may face. I am grateful because the support provided to me has opened up many more opportunities, allowing me to reach my full career potential”.


Notes to editors

About Hickman Education Foundation

Established in 2015, the Hickman Education Foundation seeks to advance the education and training of young people through:

• Wholly or partly funded apprenticeships;
• Scholarships, maintenance allowances or grants tenable at any British university college or institution of higher or further education;
• Business start-up grants.

The foundation has entered into a long term commitment to sponsor two apprentices at the MTC, based in Coventry, England and scholarships at Dudley College and Wolverhampton University.

The Forward Fund for Aston students

The Forward Fund supports hardship grants for those in greatest need of assistance. 
Each year hundreds of alumni and friends make donations to support students at Aston. The Forward Fund brings together many different areas where your help can make a real difference. By making a gift you will be supporting the areas where there is the greatest need.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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