Programmed for a prosperous pathway

Brian Viviers is a final year computer science student who hopes that the Tamar Engineering Project will develop his interpersonal relationship skills and leadership skills.

After returning from his placement year at the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Brian became one of the first recipients of the Project after being selected as a one of four top performing, disadvantaged students across 29 engineering degree programmes.

“Being offered a place on the Tamar Engineering Project was an unexpected but very welcomed opportunity. My goals for the duration of the project are to improve myself in areas that are not generally taught on a degree; such as the soft skills. 
Some of the more important ones personally for me are improving interpersonal relationships skills, being able to speak up and be heard, further my leadership skills and learning how to take control of my career.”

Being offered one-to-one mentoring from an industry professional, financial support and a course fee-waiver allows high achieving students such as Brian to really excel in his studies when faced with a disadvantage that might otherwise affect his performance.

Brian was matched with industry mentor Michael LeGoff; CEO of Plessey Semiconductors 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 U.K. 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 high social mobility.

“Having a mentor will challenge my current way of thinking, leading to improved problem solving, creativity and leadership,” said Brian.
The Project is spearheaded by University of Plymouth engineering graduate Stephen Ball; former CEO of Lockheed Martin UK.Stephen dedicates his time enthusiastically to the Project and in its test-phase he mentored Ajen Limbu; who was so successful in his studies that he has been promoted onto the masters programme.

“I am passionate about engineering and the opportunities it provides for people in life – and that is why I am supporting the Tamar Engineering Project with the University of Plymouth. 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.
For 2016-2017, the Project is in its Pilot Year, launching fully on 16 January 2017 for the 2017 – 2018 cohort where five more students will join the TEP.

For information on eligibility criteria and the applications process please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/tamarapply 
 
If you would like to express you interest in the Project as a donor or mentor, or both, then please contact us or visit: www.plymouth.ac.uk/campaign/tamar