Date: 12 July 2017
Associated Document: the-tamar-engineering-project.pdf
The Tamar Engineering Project is aimed at helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study engineering at Plymouth University. This typically includes students whose family income is below £16k pa. A high percentage of students (over 50%) on the programme come from low income backgrounds. Furthermore, most students come from Cornwall. The pilot programme was launched in October 2016 and the University are aiming to sign up 10 industry mentors by September 2017. Jon Benton of Dawnus took part in the pilot programme and is currently mentoring a student. Mentors are asked to give one hour a week to help develop employability skills and talent, i.e. provide life skills. Most contact is by email and telephone contact is by mutual consent of the mentor and student. The University is hoping to raise £300,000 by 2020 to support at least 20 engineering students through 3 years of their study. These funds will enable the University to gift each student £6,500 per annum for each year of study. £5k is given direct to the student as a bursary and £1.5k is deducted from university fees. Their first beneficiary is Ajen Limbu, who is a civil engineering student studying a BEng (Hons). The University’s project champion and also Ajen’s mentor is Stephen Ball. Stephen graduated from Plymouth in 1976 with a BSc and later became CEO of Lockheed Martin UK. If anyone is interested in becoming a mentor, they should contact Amanda Pleven at Plymouth University. Amanda is also happy to come to a company’s premises to give a presentation on the subject. The programme can also offer companies the opportunity to recruit talented graduates at an early stage and mentoring can be included as part of an individual’s CPD. Amanda can be contacted on email@example.com or 01752 585690.