The London Engineering Project, developed and led by the Academy since 2005, has won a prestigious award from the Institute of Education. The London Engineering Project was one of nine projects to raise the aspirations of young people and adults in London to receive London Education Partnership Awards at a ceremony at the Institute of Education in Bloomsbury on Monday June 7. Oona King, broadcaster, campaigner, ex-MP and London Mayoral candidate, led the presentations.

Judging panel chair Professor David Woods, Chief Advisor for London Schools, stressed the value of the awards. He said: “We cannot afford to lose the talents of those whom we know could succeed, given the right environment and encouragement. One of the clearest messages coming from many of this year’s excellent finalists is how important it is to enthuse children and young people with the idea of higher education, making it possible for them to achieve their ambitions”.

The London Engineering Project won the award for Inspiring journeys: excellent professional practice in curriculum support for STEM, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

The judges said: “This was a particularly strong category with some excellent entries. The London Engineering Project shone out as an example of a well-rounded partnership between universities, employers, third sector organisations and primary and secondary schools, which delivered improvements across all phases to widen participation in engineering in higher education”.

Notes for editors

  1. In 2005, the Higher Education Funding Council for England awarded The Royal Academy of Engineering and its partners £2.82m to launch the first phase of the project. It has created a partnership between national organisations and more than 40 London schools in an attempt to increase the uptake of STEM subjects and widen participation. London Engineering Project activities help to recruit young people onto the Diploma in Engineering, and the London Engineering Project team also provides school students access to engineering resources at London South Bank University and to mentoring.

    Based at London South Bank University, the partnership included Young Engineers, Smallpeice Trust and STEMNET. Its most innovative practices centre on gender and cultural inclusion. Because of its work, thousands of young Londoners, including girls and minority ethnic groups, see engineering as a viable career choice.

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