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What do engineers do, that you didn’t know they did?

Did you know that some people still think engineers are all male, dressed in overalls and work on some sort of dirty engine? Hard to believe isn’t it? Especially when you think of all the cool and exciting career prospects that can come with a role in engineering. We take a look at some of… Read more »

One Smallpeice step for students, one giant leap for engineering

Do you ever sit and wish you could go back to school? Or just far enough back to change the course of your career? Since working for Smallpeice and attending our courses when I can, I think it all the time! Last week I was over the moon (no pun intended) at being able to… Read more »

Arkwright Scholar Takes Giant Leap

–Alumnus Chris Bellamy and Wiivv to Donate to Scholarship– Arkwright Scholarships Trust alumnus and lead engineer at Wiivv Wearables Chris Bellamy is giving back to the programme that kick-started his engineering career. Bellamy and the Wiivv team collaborated with a young scientist to innovate custom space boots, and now they are donating a portion of… Read more »

Female engineers lead the way at Warwick University

July 2019      Female engineers lead the way at Warwick University Almost one hundred girls aged 13 – 14, from schools across the UK, benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at the University of Warwick on the Girls into Engineering residential course.  Proudly sponsored by the ERA Foundation, GE, Leonardo, The RAF Charitable Trust… Read more »

Royal Holloway hosts budding young female engineers

Over one hundred future female engineers ranging from age 14 up to 16 and from across the UK, benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at Royal Holloway, University of London. Three, three-day residential programmes were organised by The Smallpeice Trust and supported by Royal Holloway, and The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) to provide… Read more »

Birmingham City University host bright young Biomedical engineers

July 2019 Birmingham City University sponsors engineering taster week for young Biomedical engineers From 2nd – 4th July, thirty-eight promising young engineers from across the UK attended a Biomedical Engineering course, sponsored and hosted by Birmingham City University. Organised by The Smallpeice Trust, the three-day residential programme provided 15 and 16-year-old students with an understanding… Read more »

Arkwright Scholars make it to Triumph Design Awards 2019 Grand Final

On Saturday 29th June 2019 the national final of the Triumph Design Awards will be held at Triumph’s headquarters in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The competition is open to 16-18-year-old students of a relevant STEM subject (Science. Technology, Engineering. Maths) and entrants have been challenged to design a product to solve a real-world problem. Design engineers from… Read more »

Arkwright Scholar soars on International Women in Engineering Day

To celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Engineering Society in the UK, national STEM education charity The Smallpeice Trust is enabling 100 female future leaders in engineering to inspire the next generation of engineers by giving them a free powered glider Think Kit. The 100 female future leaders in engineering are all Arkwright Engineering Scholars… Read more »


Press release by Matthew Hibberd Public Relations Manager  HMS Sultan HMS Sultan welcomed some of the brightest children from across the UK recently for an engineering masterclass with the Royal Navy and The Smallpeice Trust. The Nuclear Marine Engineering Course saw 50 students take part in a series of practical workshops and lectures provided by… Read more »

Four marketeers got on a train…

Last week we had a lovely Marketing team day out to the lovely Docklands area of London, to attend the ‘Engaging Kids and Marketing to Parents’ Conference in the Museum of London. Over twenty top brands who know a thing or two about working with young people and how to convey marketing messages to parents… Read more »

Amazing, Arkwright.

It’s not long ago that we celebrated our first year since incorporating the wonderful Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Trust and are thoroughly enjoying working together as one big team. Working as one we are much more likely to succeed in our vision, which is to inspire an increasing number of young people to acquire life, leadership… Read more »

Smallpeice Trust students are Siemens Healthineers Next Big Thing!

Working alongside education charity The Smallpeice Trust, more than fifty brilliant young minds took part in the Siemens Healthineers ‘Next Big Thing’ Challenge grand final at Siemens Healthineers headquarters in Camberley. The students came from ten local schools and in their teams, were tasked with creating a piece of wearable health technology that would assist… Read more »

New partnership launched to drive uptake of STEM careers

Article shared from – STEM Accord, a new partnership created to provide co-ordinated action to inspire more young people, and particularly girls, to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been announced at the 2019 WISE annual conference. STEM Accord has been created by WISE, the ERA Foundation, STEM Learning, Design and… Read more »

Khadijah Ismail – BAE Apprentice, and Arkwright Scholar

Shared from BBC News – Judith Burns, Education reporter As a little girl Khadijah Ismail would spend hours watching aeroplanes through the window of the attic bedroom she shared with her sister near Manchester Airport. She even wrote the airport a letter “on fancy paper and everything”, giving her address and asking them to send… Read more »

Easter STEM adventures!

It’s still only April (just) and we’ve got an impressive eight courses under our belt! That means we’ve met, interacted with and inspired over 500 students before our summer residential courses begin. I’ve got a feeling that this year is going to be a good one! The main objective of all of our courses is… Read more »

Harper Adams host young engineers on a discovery of robotics

From 2nd – 4th April, almost sixty young engineering students ranging from age 13 up to 17, benefited from a unique hands-on learning experience at Harper Adams University. Two, three-day residential programmes were organised by The Smallpeice Trust to provide students with the opportunity to learn about engineering through a series of technical lectures and… Read more »

A day in the life…

Working in an office-based role, I don’t get out as much as I’d like to (story of my life with a 2-year-old). So, I jump at the chance to attend any events I get invited to *hint hint* or anywhere I know my help will be welcome and I can contribute. It’s essential in marketing… Read more »

Big Bang!

I love the Big Bang Fair. You never know what delights you’re going to find but you know you’re never going to be disappointed. I’m not that old (honest) but when you see the technology of today compared to when I was at school, I honestly feel like I must have been born in the… Read more »

Femmes Fortes

So, we’ve had International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (21st February) and next month sees us celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th March. For this reason, I feel it only fitting (not that I need an excuse), to acknowledge some of the amazing women… Read more »

Innovation meets Education

The world is developing at one heck of a rate so it’s important for those in our arena (STEM and the like) to develop too. We at Smallpeice like to stay ahead of the curve and are always looking for opportunities to learn and share. The BETT Show is one of the biggest education and… Read more »


ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY CASE STUDY –  THE SMALLPEICE TRUST Purpose of event: The Smallpeice Trust and Royal Holloway University work together to inspire and support young students’ ambition in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  They regularly run courses for students aged between 12 and 17 on a variety of STEM subjects. In July 2018,… Read more »

Scholarships are go!

Scholarships are go! As you may or may not know, an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK. It was created to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession. The Scholarships are awarded to high-calibre 16-year-old students through a rigorous… Read more »

New Years STEMolution!

Word on the street is that we’ve officially launched our Think Kits! Now I’m sure you’ll have heard all about them but let me give you a bit more detail. The clue’s in the name really, it’s a kit…that requires a bit of thought to put together! The kits are designed with Year 8 and… Read more »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not that time! Course launch time of course. The time of the year when we’re scurrying about trying to prepare as many courses as possible for you and your lovely students to enjoy. We’re excited to have launched a good solid handful of awesome inspiring exciting… Read more »

A WISE man once said…

Well, it’s been one emotional roller coaster of a month! Launching a timetable of super lit courses is one thing but having our CEO be nominated for an award and having to wait for results is another! Dr Kevin Stenson, CEO Smallpeice Trust (incorporating Arkwright Engineering Scholarships), recently attended the prestigious WISE awards. These awards… Read more »