Kyle Shoesmith of Half Tree Hollow (photo attached) will depart St Helena on 27 August 2016 having secured a Commonwealth Scholarship (Undergraduate) Award, offered exclusively to the Overseas Territories.

Kyle will study for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, commencing in September this year.

Kyle said:

“I chose to study Civil Engineering as it is an engineering field that exploits integral subjects such as mathematics and physics. These subject areas have always interested me, and within this field they are used for infrastructural design and development. The field will allow me to gain specialist knowledge in a particular area ranging from water management to transportation engineering.”

In preparation for embarking on his chosen career path, Kyle studied the A-level subjects relevant to this field which allowed him to gain accreditation to apply to the University of his choice. He complemented his studies with work experience at Basil Read and also obtained a Level 3 BTEC (Edexcel) Theory Diploma in Estimating and Surveying Techniques.

Head of 6th Form at Prince Andrew School, Pamela Lawrence, said:

“This is a prestigious Award and a unique privilege.  As a student under this Award Kyle will have the opportunity to meet with other students from around the Commonwealth, share experiences, and participate in special events held by the UK Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.  Currently, he is one of two students from St Helena under this Award.  Well done to Kyle and good luck as he prepares to leave home.”

Kyle concluded:

“Studying in the UK will provide me with a different educational and social environment to how I have studied here on St Helena. I am looking forward to experiencing life at university and everyday life in the UK as a young adult.

“I hope to complete a four-year integrated MEng Degree before returning.  My resulting ambition is to work towards becoming professionally qualified as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).”

Kyle will travel to the UK with six other students leaving under the Post-School Scholarship Award scheme.  In the UK, students will be met by family or friends before an induction with the SHG UK Representative who was introduced to the students during her recent visit to the Island.

All students are wished every success as they embark on this significant step towards realising their aspirations.



12 August 2016




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