In an effort to support and encourage the next generation of engineers, Cobham and Ultra Electronics, two leading defence, aerospace and technology companies have established the Cobham & Ultra Scholarship programme for university students from underrepresented groups. 

Pledging a total of £5 million to six universities – with the potential of two more to come - that are recognised both in the United Kingdom and globally as leaders in engineering given their reputation and research in the field – over a hundred students starting their studies in September 2023 will receive funding for each remaining year of their undergraduate degree. 

The programme will seek to support more than 500 students over the life of the fund. Cobham and Ultra Electronics have worked with the institutions located across the UK to guarantee the scholarship conditions ensure students most in need of financial support are selected. 

Engineering is at the heart of what Cobham and Ultra Electronics do. For example, Ultra currently employ over 600 engineers in the UK alone, who work on cutting edge military hardware, satellite communications and projects which ensure the UK and its allies’ national security. The £5 million worth of funding builds on this impressive feat and continues both Cobham and Ultra’s significant investment in advancing defence capabilities and staying ahead of the ever-evolving threat. 

The Cobham & Ultra scholarship is a collaboration with engineering faculty leaders from the University of Oxford, University of Strathclyde, University of Nottingham, Northumbria University, Queen's University Belfast and University of York.

These universities have already received their scholarship funding, while discussions around funding agreements are ongoing with two other leading institutions. This collaboration could potentially see students access a number of added benefits including first-hand mentoring and guidance, should students wish for it. 

In addition, Cobham and Ultra Electronics’ relationship with the prestigious universities will allow the chance for students studying a range of engineering degrees including electrical and electronic, civil and mechanical to explore work experience opportunities and even a year in industry. 

Shonnel Malani

Chairman of the Board of Cobham and Ultra Electronics

"Ultra Electronics and Cobham’s history are steeped in contributing to the UK’s national security, and through this investment we are ensuring the UK maintains this defensive capability moving forward. This investment unlocks future growth, boosts productivity and will help build the skilled workforce of the future in the UK. 

Further to this, our £5 million pledge to these leading engineering higher-education institutions offers underrepresented groups the opportunity to pursue their educational goals and build a stronger platform for success in their future careers and life ambitions.” 

Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. In recent times, Cobham has invested heavily in R&D and has launched C16 Ventures, a new fund investing in space technology.

Ultra Electronics is a UK-based defence technology firm making a global impact. It operates as a systems provider in the maritime, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), electronic warfare and Command, Control and Intelligence (C2I) domains, and counts the Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense among its many clients.  

Partnering Universities

Cobham & Ultra Scholarship