London Engineering Project
The London Engineering Project (LEP)
ran from September 2005 to July 2009. It took engineering activities into London schools to inspire young students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and STEM careers.
The Project was developed by a cohort of fifteen partner organisations, led by The Royal Academy of Engineering, with a remit to:
Educate and enthuse
young people about the positive applications of
Transform schools’ science and
maths, increasing and improving student skills
Widen participation and improve social inclusion in engineering
Promote and protect engineering as a strategic subject
It worked in forty Southwark and Lambeth schools and in four higher education institutes (HEIs).
A team of dedicated field workers, mentors and project managers delivered STEM activities in these schools, enriching and enhancing school learning within the national curriculum.
In universities, the project funded, developed and delivered brand new, socially relevant engineering courses to encourage and diversify participation in engineering higher education. Adult learners, women, black and minority ethnic groups and students from families with no history of engagement in higher education were specifically targeted.
London South Bank University (LSBU) became the lead organisation delivering the LEP’s outreach activities with continued support from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
LSBU also continues to recruit students and professional engineering ambassadors to work with
local schools and on engineering activities informed
by the LEP.
LEP partners, the British Science Association, the Smallpeice Trust and Young Engineers continue to do their work independently of the LEP.
HEFCE continues to fund the National Higher Education STEM Programme including the Royal Academy of Engineering's work in widening participation in higher education. This embraces working with higher education institutions, including LSBU, to support and develop their own engineering outreach programmes.
Evaluation of the London Engineering Project: December 2009
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