25th May 2012, 5:30pm
Lincoln’s engineering excellence supported by Lord Taverne
L-R Roy Jelly, Lord Taverne, Prof Andrew Atherton Students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering will benefit from an annual award for years to come thanks to a donation from the Taverne Trust, presented at an event today (25 May).

Lord Taverne, celebrated for his contribution to promoting science, was special guest at the event. The donation will fund an annual prize for students of the BEng (Hons) or MEng Mechanical Engineering degree, for the next 21 years.

Each year, one student will be awarded the Taverne Trust Engineering Prize just before entering into their final year of study. The prize is to recognise, support and encourage the engineering talent of the future.

The Taverne Trust is a charitable trust set up by the Lincoln Democratic Labour Association under the direction of Dick Taverne – now Lord Taverne – who stood as an Independent Democratic Labour candidate in Lincoln in the 1970s, making national headlines. He went on to launch the Institute for Fiscal Studies and founded Sense About Science, a charity with the objective of advancing public understanding of science and the evidence-based approach to scientific issues. In 2006 he was voted Parliamentary Science Communicator of the Year by the Association of British Science writers.

Speaking at today’s event, Lord Taverne said: "Lincoln was once the engineering centre of the Midlands. I hope that one day, with the work taking place here, it will be again. I am most impressed with what I have seen here today. The members of the Trust and I are delighted to be associated with the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering."

Chairman of the Taverne Trust, Roy Jelly, added: "The Trust was set up to give money to charity. We are not giving to charity here, we are giving to the future - because the future for this city is the University."

Speaking on behalf of the University, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Atherton, said: "This gift is about the future and those people who will come to this University. Those students will give something back by being part of the renaissance of engineering in this city."
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