Tamar Engineering Project

The Tamar Engineering Project (TEP) transforms the lives of talented and ambitious students whose background or circumstances might be a barrier to higher education advancement and success. 

The Tamar Engineering Project inspires and supports the next generation of engineers in the UK.

With one-to-one mentoring from an industry professional plus financial support, a career in engineering through university becomes more accessible to those who have the potential for high academic achievement, yet may be anxious about university study.

Bridging the engineering gap

Engineering is a creative and exciting career with great opportunities and high social mobility. However, the cost of undertaking a degree to pursue this path can be a barrier to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

There is also a growing concern over the national shortage of engineers in the UK. 

How can we inspire a new generation of talented engineers? Is there a means to overcome the growing costs of undertaking a degree? How can we nurture that all-important sense of wonder in creative engineering minds, whatever their background or circumstances?

Enabling talented students to succeed

The Tamar Engineering Project provides one-to-one mentoring from an industry professional, a financial award of £3,000, and a £1,500 course fee-waiver per year of study to successful applicants.

In addition to relieving financial worries, this support alleviates the strains of study and help students develop essential interpersonal skills such as networking and business etiquette so that they graduate as confident, highly employable, conscientious engineers.

Building on our strengths

Professor Deborah Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering and the School of Computing Electronics and Mathematics, was inspired to pursue engineering when at school she benefitted from being part of WISE (Women into Science and Engineering).

Inspiring women to enter engineering has long been a motivational cause for Deborah. Yet she is conscious that many of the national initiatives to encourage greater participation in STEM subjects have not translated into a more diverse mix of students at higher education level.

Echoing the aims of the Tamar Engineering Project, Deborah says,

“It’s beyond a simple gender issue. Engineering must draw upon a much broader section of society if it is to include all the voices and ideas needed to engineer solutions for the future.”

We need your support

We need to raise £300k by 2020 to support at least 20 students through three years of study for which we welcome your philanthropic support.

Your support will help to reduce the risk of losing these talented students so that they may fully engage in their course just like Ajen Limbu did, pictured here.

Whether you're an engineering organisation or an individual with a passion for supporting talented students, we'd love to hear from you.

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