Tamar Engineering Project

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

Established through the vision and generosity of alumnus Stephen Ball, the Tamar Engineering Project will inspire and support the next generation of engineers in the UK.

With one-to-one mentoring from industry professional plus financial support, a career in engineering through university becomes more accessible to those who have the high achievement record 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 will provide 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 will alleviate the strains of study and help students develop essential interpersonal skills such a networking and business etiquette so that they may graduate as confident, highly employable, conscientious engineers.

As these scholars become alumni, they will recognise the importance of support and investment in people, just as Stephen Ball, our Project Champion, has done today.

Building on our strengths

We have a highly supportive environment for disadvantaged students through our Access Agreement and schemes such as Plymouth Access for Looked After Young People. 

In addition to the highly connected academic team and industry accredited courses here, we have an excellent Careers and Employability Team, who facilitate the mentoring between scholars and industry mentors.

We're also delighted to welcome a wide range of engineering organisations that support the project including Plessey, Cormac, Dawnus Construction, and SC Group



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.

"A mentoring and access programme operating in collaboration with industry, like the Tamar Engineering Project can reach into socioeconomically vulnerable sections of society and provide critical support to academically excellent applicants.” Stephen Ball.

Your support will help to reduce the risk of losing those talented students so that they may fully engage in their course as it did with Ajen Limbu, 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.