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Funding for Engineering Outreach Programme to benefit UK economy

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Subsea instrumentation manufacturer, Sonardyne, and the Motorola Foundation have fully funded an Engineering Outreach Programme to support the future careers of young people. The programme aims to encourage teenagers to study engineering and inspire them by demonstrating the achievements of engineers.

The importance of this funding is explained by Professor Mark Beach from the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. 'Although products designed by engineers are so much a part of young people's lives, applications for some engineering degree programmes – for example, in the electrical and electronic area – have been falling year on year. The result is that a shortage of suitably skilled graduates is putting a key part of the UK economy at risk. The outreach programme that has been enabled by funding from Sonardyne and the Motorola Foundation will be vital in promoting engineering as an exciting and rewarding choice of degree and career.'

Over the next three years the University will reach out to 1,960 students. They will learn more about electrical and electronic engineering and computer science, find out about the options open to them when studying the subject to degree level, and be inspired to pursue this subject through fun and informative workshops.

If you are a school teacher and are interested in participating in this programme, please see upcoming events.