9th January 2024

The Smallpeice Trust Annual Impact Report is now available to download

The Smallpeice Trust is proud to announce the publication of this year’s Annual Impact Report, highlighting the incredible work achieved by the Trust and its partners during the 2022/23 academic year. The report focuses on the impact of the Trust in delivering interactive learning moments to encourage children to study STEM subjects and go onto a career in engineering. Working together 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.

Professor Alison Halstead, Chair, The Smallpeice Trust, commented:

“Research to mark the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships’ 30th anniversary, again highlighted the need for a more diverse workforce and to address the shortage of talent in the engineering industry. Thanks to our partners, we reached 60,000 young people over this last year and nearly 30,000 girls, providing inspiration to study STEM and consider engineering as a career.

Thank you to everyone who has worked with us to make an impact over this last year - our corporate partners, charities, teachers, universities, alumni, parents, and the dedicated team at the Trust. I look forward to working with you and sharing my life-long passion for science and engineering whilst enabling the widest possible access to careers in STEM.”

Helen Cuthill, Chief Executive, The Smallpeice Trust, commented:

“The Smallpeice Trust is celebrated for its hands-on, practical approach to learning, which provides young individuals with spaces to explore, experiment, and learn by trial and error, all firmly grounded in the knowledge and skills of real-world settings, inspiring, educating, and empowering the next generation of STEM professionals.

I am committed to building upon the outstanding work accomplished thus far. Big challenges require a big vision for the future, which I look forward to shaping alongside the Trustees, the dedicated staff team, and our partners. By working collaboratively over the long-term we can expand the impact of our initiatives and identify areas for improvement.  This approach will ensure that The Smallpiece Trust remains strategically adaptable and aligned to the ever-evolving landscape of the STEM field.”

The Smallpeice Trust’s year in numbers:

  • Nearly 60,000 students inspired to take part in activities
  • 50% female and non-binary students
  • Nearly 60% of participants now more likely to consider engineering
  • Nearly 1,000 schools and over 44,000 pupils benefited from a STEM activity
  • 25 engineering courses reached over 1,100 students
  • 239 new Arkwright Engineering Scholarships awarded
  • Over 100 partners funded our activities

You can download a copy of our Annual Impact Report here.


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