Tamar Engineering Project

The companies that support the Tamar Engineering Project provide both the financial assistance of a bursary and mentoring expertise to talented students to help them develop essential workplace skills and gain an understanding of the sector and the breadth of career opportunities open to engineering graduates.

Combined with this unique and inspiring insight from industry professionals, the prestigious Tamar Engineering Project also provides the support of a bursary to help remove barriers that some students face on entering higher education so that they have the best start as they embark on their studies and prepare for a career in engineering. 


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Bridging the engineering gap

Tamar Bridge looking towards Cornwall

Industry professionals whose companies support the Tamar Engineering Project say that engineering is an exciting career which offers high social mobility and a genuine opportunity to make a positive impact in the world around us. Yet the UK government reports an increasing national shortage of qualified engineers and companies themselves remark on the difficulty of recruiting individuals with the right skillset.

We aim to equip a new generation of motivated, highly employable engineers with subject expertise, industry insight and workplace skills. Sometimes, however, those with the inspiration and drive to succeed are met with barriers to this fulfilling career; either through personal circumstances or their background.

Through the Tamar Engineering Project’s assistance of a bursary, we aim to open up this opportunity to talented and creative students from a mix of socio-economic backgrounds, alleviating some of the financial concerns and helping them to fulfil their long-term ambitions in the field of engineering.

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.”

<p>Deborah Greaves</p>

What the students say...

“My career plan before TEP was to join the Navy as a Marine Engineer. But through meeting regularly with my mentor, I learned about the types of civil engineering, the problems engineers face, and about an engineer’s career path. This gave me a much needed insight into what possibilities there are for me as a civil engineer after I have completed my degree.”


“I would love to sincerely thank everyone involved with this amazing scholarship; it has truly made a hugely favourable impact on my studies.”


“The bursary has allowed me to focus entirely on my uni work without the need to take a part-time job to support myself, so I have been able to ensure that the work I submit is the best I can possibly do.”


“My mentor is a professional engineer, who understands the skills and competencies that are required for a career in engineering. He is helping me to develop those skills and giving me insights into how employers think. Furthermore, he is giving me opportunities to visit his workplace and practise presentation skills.”