During the Farnborough Air Show 2016, the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) announced the creation of a bursary fund to honour the late Jon Dennison. Jon had a distinguished career in aerospace and engineering, spanning government and industry and his last job was at GKN - where he became Director of Government and External Affairs. He was passionate about giving young people opportunities to realise their potential. The AGP has also been working with Engineering Development Trust (EDT), a STEM education charity, on developing the Aerospace Industrial Cadets Programme (AICP) that will create a long term aerospace sector identity and opportunities for young people.

The Jon Dennison bursary aims to encourage the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering students fully funded places on EDT Headstart courses. It is targeting year 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds (for example, from schools or neighbourhoods with low university participation rates) and will enable them to progress their interest in a career in engineering, particularly aerospace. EDT Headstart courses increase opportunities, boost social mobility and raise young people’s aspirations. Headstart is a UK-wide programme, provided by EDT, which provides an opportunity for 16 to 17 year olds to spend up to a week at a UK university prior to making their UCAS application. The young people can make important degree and university choices based on real experience because they have:

• participated in practical problem solving activities,
• attended lectures and seminars,
• visited local companies,
• experienced life as an undergraduate and
• met academics, post graduates and young professionals.

During 2016/2017, the bursary will fully fund 15 students on Headstart courses, plus support for travelling if needed where family circumstances would prevent participation. There will be a number of courses with strong aerospace elements at UK universities: Loughborough, Salford (girls’ only), Strathclyde, Sheffield, Queens Belfast, Coventry and Liverpool, as well as access to Headstart’s other general engineering courses. Details of Headstart courses can be viewed at here and further information is attached.

Please see the pdf documents in the top right hand corner of this page for further details.

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