Three Liverpool Hope British Council Scholarship students met with Prime Minister Theresa May at a special women in STEM event.
Anglet Chiramal Jacob, Sarah Lourdes Pais and Bishalta Pradhan were among 104 Indian female scholars invited to meet the MP, Baroness Prashar, and various industry and university representatives.
The three students joined Liverpool Hope in September, as part of the British Council’s 70th Anniversary Scholarship programme for Indian Women undertaking a Masters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the United Kingdom.
Sarah, who is studying a Masters in Data Science and hopes to pursue a career in Sport Analytics, said: “It was a surreal and humbling experience to be able to meet women of such calibre. They have proven over the years to be strong, capable women who have achieved so much, and I could not have asked for better role models. To be able to meet them in the incredible, historical locations where they have made their mark - Downing Street, the House of Lords, and the Science Museum - further put their achievements into perspective.
“This scholarship programme is truly a blessing. It is an incredible opportunity to be able to pursue my dream of being a sports analyst with a world-class degree in the field of Data Science from such a reputable UK university.
“The experience at Liverpool Hope University so far has been beyond my expectations. Not only do I have incredible tutors, teaching extremely interesting subjects, but I have also been welcomed into the homely atmosphere here. In my course so far, I have already been introduced to technology and subject areas that I was previously unaware of, and I look forward to being able to hone these skills further.”
Announcing plans for the second edition of its 70th Anniversary Scholarship programme in 2019, the British Council confirmed Britain’s commitment to attracting the brightest Indian students to the UK’s top universities.
According to the British Council, the UK is currently ranked number two for science and research worldwide, and the 70th anniversary scholars are ambassadors for the future relationship between the UK and India.