13th December 2021


The Smallpeice Trust is delighted to announce the publication of this year’s Annual Report, showcasing the incredible work achieved by the Trust and its partners during the 2020/21 academic year. The report focuses on the impact of the Trust in delivering interactive activities to encourage children to study STEM subjects and go onto a career in engineering. Working in partnership with partners and funders, the Trust aims to address the shortfall of engineers in the UK and help to create an engineering workforce more representative of the population.

Dr Alan Begg, Chairman, The Smallpeice Trust, commented:

“Despite the COVID-19 challenges of the past year, our education programmes have continued virtually, and we’ve developed new ones in collaboration with our partners. I would like to thank all our partners for their support and willingness to work in new ways. Charities, parents, teachers, universities, alumni and corporate partners have made it possible to reach nearly 60,000 young people with activities to develop life, leadership and engineering skills.”

Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive, The Smallpeice Trust, commented:

“The 2020/21 academic year is an incredible example of collaborative endeavour, innovation and adaptability by all those involved in the Trust’s activities to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering. The impact of this collaboration can be seen in the incredible feedback we have received from students, teachers, parents and our partners.

Looking ahead to the next 12 months we hope to see a return to face-to-face delivery and continue with a virtual offering alongside. This challenging time has helped us find new ways to reach students and inspire them to be the engineers of the future. Working with our partners we hope we can offer a hybrid model moving forward and increase our impact, delivering Dr Cosby Smallpeice’s legacy.”

The Smallpeice Trust’s year in numbers:

  • 57,000 students inspired to take part in activities
  • 45% female and non-binary students
  • 60% of participants now more likely to consider engineering
  • Nearly 400 schools received a STEM Day
  • 28 engineering courses reached over 1,000 students
  • 305 new Arkwright Engineering Scholarships awarded
  • Over 100 partners funding our activities

You can download a copy of our Annual Report here.


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