Quartet of university students awarded coveted scholarships by Paxton

As a sign of its commitment to investing in the local community and in young talent, security systems designer Paxton has offered scholarships to four students from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. They will each receive £10,000 towards their university fees, plus a three-month paid work placement at Paxton where they’ll take part in technology research projects that will form the final year project of their degree course.

The students involved are Annabel Spain (who’s studying Digital Media at the University of Brighton), George Livas (a Computer Science student at the University of Brighton), Connie Went (a student of Mathematics at the University of Sussex) and Zoë Earnshaw, who’s studying Physics at the University of Sussex.

Now in its second year, the Paxton Scholarship is open to students studying engineering and product design-related courses. This year, the programme was expanded to include an additional place and was also open to the University of Sussex for the first time. The students were selected after attending an Open Day at Paxton’s state-of-the-art-technology centre last November, an assessment day and an interview process. The Paxton scholars will start their placement in July before going into their final year of studies.

Annabel Spain, 20, from Peterborough, said: “I feel immensely proud. I’m looking forward to gaining experience of working with such a talented group of people and I’m sure the knowledge I will gain will aid my career.”

George Livas, 19, from Kifisia in Athens, added: “I’m grateful for this opportunity to work alongside and learn from experts in the smart security industry. I’m looking forward to participating in technology research projects, to working in an innovative, forward-thinking environment and also learning new skills.”

Connie Went, 19, from Haywards Heath, enthused: “I genuinely couldn’t believe it. I will class this as one of the greatest achievements of my three years at university. The scholarship will give me first-hand experience in the tech industry. That will be great for teaching me further applications of my degree.”

Zoë Earnshaw, 20, from Shaftesbury, stated: “I’m so proud. The scholarship seemed too good to be true, so I didn’t expect I’d have a chance. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about my summer role and getting to know the other scholars.”

Awarding more scholarships

Congratulating the four students, Adam Stroud (CEO at access control solutions specialist Paxton) said: “Following on from the successful debut of the Paxton Scholarship in 2018, we’re delighted to have expanded the initiative further to award more scholarships across both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. During our Open Day, we played host to over 140 engineering, science and mathematics students. It was a pleasure to witness the level of talent and engagement among this group. It gives us great confidence in the talent pool of the future and re-enforces why Paxton wants to engage with the local community in this way.”

Stroud went on to comment: “I would like to thank the universities for their considerable ongoing support of this scheme, Paxton’s employees for doing such a great job of representing their company and all of the students who took the time to come and visit our head office building in Brighton. Finally, a huge congratulations to our 2019 scholars Annabel, Connie, George and Zoë.”

Professor Stephen Shute, pro-vice-chancellor at the University of Sussex, explained: “The Paxton scholarship provides Sussex students with a great opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience working with a leading UK firm. The financial support and practical guidance they’ll gain will contribute greatly towards their academic success. It’s fantastic to see Sussex-based companies like Paxton recognising and rewarding talented students from the University of Sussex with such scholarships.”

Professor Debra Humphris, vice-chancellor at the University of Brighton, concluded: “We’re delighted that Annabel and George have been selected as two of the four Paxton scholars for 2019 and I’m confident they will make the most of this exciting opportunity. This ongoing partnership with Paxton gives our students invaluable experience of the realities of the workplace combined with knowledge of the latest and leading technologies.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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