In April 2006, one hundred lucky teenagers will have a unique engineering education opportunity and get first-hand experience of university life.

The teenagers will be taking part in a course at Harper Adams University College, Newport Shropshire.

The four-day residential course is designed specifically to help Engineering and Design and Technology students reach higher National Curriculum attainment targets. It provides pupils with the opportunity to learn about engineering through a series of presentations and practical exercises.

The course will provide curriculum-enrichment activities in maths, science and technology, and will include practical design-and-make projects mentored by industry professionals. In addition students will develop their personal skills in team working, presentation, communication and problem solving whilst enjoying an “early” experience of university life.

Companies already committed to the course are, BOC, DML, Jacobs Babtie, Rolls-Royce, Royal Engineers and United Utilities.

The Engineering, Technology and Enterprise Experience course is run by independent charity, The Smallpeice Trust, as part of an ongoing programme of residential courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design and management.

The Smallpeice core courses are affiliated to The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Best Programme.

Notes for editors

  1. For more information about The Smallpeice Trust, please visit or telephone 01926 333200
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Claire McLoughlin at The Royal Academy of Engineering