Programmed for a prosperous pathway

“Engineering is about problem solving and all problems are unique which reduces the monotony of the job. Studying computer science has been the most challenging yet most rewarding time of my life. Every new project is exciting because it brings a different challenge and for me this is what makes it interesting. I could spend many hours on a task and not get bored.”

Brian, an enthusiastic computer science student, was selected as one of the first recipients of the Tamar Engineering Project (TEP) – a new scholarship programme for high achieving yet disadvantaged students. 

Over his final year of study, Brian will receive one-to-one mentoring from an industry expert, plus financial support and a course fee-waiver. This allows Brian to really focus on his studies and gain an exclusive insight into the industry he’s chosen for his career.

“Being part of the Tamar Engineering Project shows possible employers a lot. Actually being accepted onto the project demonstrates that you are a high achiever and you have the drive to accomplish what you put your mind to. Having regular meetings with a mentor also demonstrates that you are mature and are good at working with others.”

Brian was matched with industry mentor Michael LeGoff; CEO of Plessey who said:

“The Tamar Engineering Project is a highly valuable and noble cause. This is an excellent idea and one that other universities should look at to getting their alumni to be more supportive of. Engineering is a key discipline for and in a number of growth drivers for the UK economy; ranging from manufacturing to the service industries. I would strongly support this type of programme for any professional degree.”

Being mentored by Michael, Brian will gain invaluable insights into the industry; learning of organisational structure and how engineering provides a career path with excellent prospects for promotion and professional and personal growth.

“Having a mentor will challenge my current way of thinking, leading to improved problem solving, creativity and leadership,” said Brian.

"I chose to go into the field of computing because my older brother studied computing and started his own business which resulted in me working for him part-time whilst in my final years of school. Having started on the Tamar Engineering Project, my career ambitions have already been expanded and so my future plan is to study further by doing a MSc degree in robotics. This will give me the skills required to work in an industry such as space exploration which requires controlling very precise machines using software.”

Brian and three other students were selected from the top performing, disadvantaged students across 29 engineering courses for the pilot year of the project. 

Tamar Engineering Project scholar, Brian Viviers, graduates in the company of the elite.

I was honoured to be asked to meet with the Vice-Chancellor; the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering; and my mentor, Michael LeGoff before graduating, and the graduation ceremony itself was truly remarkable. " said Brian.

Read the story of Brian's graduation and onward journey, following his involvement in the Tamar Engineering Project.

<p>Professor Kevin Jones, Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering; Professor Judith Petts CBE, University of Plymouth Vice-Chancellor; Brian Viviers BSc Computer Science; and Michael LeGoff, CEO, Plessey .</p>