Adam Bannister

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
March 20, 2019

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Paxton invites four local undergraduates to its scholarship scheme

Paxton has announced its 2019 scholarship intake, with four students from the University of Sussex and University of Brighton offered places by the IP access control developer.

The students will receive £10,000 towards their university fees, plus a three-month paid work placement at the Brighton-based firm.

The students, whose contributions to Paxton research projects will form their final-year degree project, are:

  • Annabel Spain, studying Digital Media, University of Brighton
  • George Livas, Computer Science, University of Brighton
  • Connie Went, Mathematics, University of Sussex
  • Zoë Earnshaw, Physics, University of Sussex

Annabel, 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, 19, from Kifisia, Athens, Greece, said: “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 to learning new skills.”

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

“The scholarship seemed too good to be true.” Zoë Earnshaw, studying Physics, University of Sussex

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

Said Adam Stroud, Paxton’s Chief Executive: “Following on from the successful debut of the Paxton Scholarship in 2018, we are delighted to have expanded further to award more scholarships, across both the University of Brighton and Sussex.

“Talent pool”

“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.

“I would like to thank the universities for their considerable ongoing support of this scheme, Paxton employees for doing such a great job of representing their company, and all 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, said: “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 is 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, said: “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 leading technologies.”

Paxton was recently named among The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for for the second year running.

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