Smallpeice Trust Residential Courses

Year 9 students can now apply for Smallpeice Trust residential courses.

The Smallpeice Trust provides young people with everything they need to fuel their passion for engineering, helping to make their big ideas a reality with the help of parents, teachers, universities and corporate partners. It was founded almost 50 years ago by Dr D P Cosby Smallpeice, an engineer who invented the Smallpeice Lathe.

The Smallpeice Trust have a number of residential courses available during March and April:

Artificial Intelligence, University of Exeter, 4th – 7th April 2016, £175

This course offers you an invaluable insight into the world of computer science where you will not only discover the methods machines of the future may employ, but you will also get to develop your own computer program that will then be tested for intelligence. 

Cyber Security, Royal Holloway, University of London, 11th – 13th April 2016, £175 

Cyber security is all about understanding and dealing with the risks posed by activities in Cyberspace.  This course explores some of the threats and techniques we can use to provide cyber security. 

Engineering Experience, University of Nottingham, 21st – 23rd March 2016, £195 

This foundation course presents real-life engineering challenges requiring a creative brain and business mind.  Previous years’ students have worked on projects with companies such as Babcock, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce and the Royal Navy. 

Automotive Engineering, Coventry University, 12th – 14th July 2016 £195 

This course gives you the unique opportunity to work alongside engineers from Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover, to plan design and develop your own automotive products and systems.

Girls into Engineering, University of Warwick, 18th – 21st July 2016, £195 

On this course you will be mentored by role model engineers from companies such as Airbus, National Composites Centre and National Nuclear Laboratory, as they guide you through various engineering team challenges. 

Marine Technology, University of Portsmouth, 27th – 30th June 2016, £175 

You will work alongside marine engineers on a series of design and build projects that will introduce you to areas like naval architecture, ship design, off-shore construction and the development of critical technologies in commercial and military vessels. 

Nuclear Marine Engineering, HMS Sultan, Gosport, Hants, 20th – 23rd June 2016, £195 

Working alongside the Royal Navy and Babcock International Group you will learn all about nuclear power.  You will also have the amazing opportunity to stay in the Royal Navy Destroyer moored in Portsmouth Harbour.   

The courses range in size from 20 to100 students (male and female).  Anyone with an interest can apply. 

  • Apply online at
  • The Smallpeice Trust will then write to your parent and school for approval and let you know whether your application has been successful within two weeks of receiving it.
  • Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis so we encourage students to apply early to avoid disappointment.