Educational Charity the Smallpeice Trust Seeks Budding Young Railway Systems Engineers

From 16th to 19th July 2012, the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham will host a Railway Systems Engineering course for fifty 15 to 17 year olds (Years 11 and 12) from across the UK.

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, December 31, 2011 --( Independent educational charity The Smallpeice Trust has launched its new 2012 course timetable and is now seeking hundreds of 13 to 17 year old students to sample their taster engineering courses. Any student can apply to attend a wide range of subsidised four-day residential courses which take place at universities nationwide. Subjects include Electronic Engineering, Marine Technology, Mobile Communications, Nuclear Engineering, Railway Engineering and Structural Engineering. These are designed to attract students that have an interest or natural flair in Science, Maths, Design or Technology to consider a career in engineering.

From 16th to 19th July 2012, the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham will host a Railway Systems Engineering course for fifty 15 to 17 year olds (Years 11 and 12) from across the UK. Students will be offered the unique opportunity to learn about how railway technologies come together to create state-of-the-art, safe and efficient transport systems.

Sponsored by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) and The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET), this course forms part of a major initiative to encourage young people to consider railway engineering as a possible career in the future.

Students will explore a range of subjects including aerodynamics, crashworthiness, signaling, train control and wheel rail adhesion before working in teams to design and develop their own railway subsystems and interfaces alongside real-life engineering graduates who will be on-hand to demonstrate what an exciting and prosperous industry this is.

Stephen Kent from the University of Birmingham says, “"Coming up with appropriate projects was an enjoyable challenge, and we were genuinely impressed with what the students managed to achieve. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to encouraging further students to consider engineering, and the railways in particular, as potentially interesting and rewarding career."

All Smallpeice courses are linked to the National Curriculum and are designed to improve core skills such as team building, financial management, communication and problem solving. By attending one of our courses students will gain experience of university and working life that will accelerate their personal development and their potential for greater academic achievement.

The Railway Systems Engineering course, costs £175 for 4-days full board, all course materials and supervised social activities. Course information and application forms can be accessed from or by telephoning 01926 333200. Interested students are advised to apply early, as applications will be reviewed and places allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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Attention Press:
Media are invited to come along during the course to view the students in action on 18th July 2012. Contact The Smallpeice Trust if you would like to attend.

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About The Smallpeice Trust:

The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charitable trust which promotes engineering as a career, primarily through the provision of residential courses for young people aged 13 to 18.

The Smallpeice Trust was founded in 1966 by Dr Cosby Smallpeice, a pioneering engineer and inventor of the Smallpeice Lathe. Following the stock market flotation of his company Martonair, Dr Smallpeice invested his energy and part of his personal fortune to set up the Trust to ensure that British industry could continuously benefit from his proven design and engineering philosophies: “Simplicity in design, economy in production.”

The Trust is now governed by an eminent board of non-executive trustees and members from a diverse range of engineering, industry, educational and professional bodies.

In the past academic year, The Smallpeice Trust has reached out to 18,175 young people through 37 different subsidised 4-day residential courses and 1-day in-school STEM Days. The Smallpeice Trust has also trained 674 teachers to enhance their delivery of STEM in the classroom.

A strong interface is maintained with industry, education and professional bodies that help to support, promote and develop the courses. Through these relationships the Trust is also able to provide a number of tailored or specialised courses.

For more information about The Smallpeice Trust visit
The Smallpeice Trust:
Gemma Murphy
+44(0)1926 333214
or contact:
Hayley Charlesworth
Marketing Support Officer
Tel: 01926 333206
Fax: 01926 333202