Tamar Engineering Project: industry partners

Industry partner 1: SC Group Ltd

SC Group Ltd is one of the world’s leading engineering companies specialising in the design and development of high mobility vehicles and bespoke equipment for harsh environments. Founded in 1980 as Supacat, it rebranded under a new SC Group identity in 2015 to support the company’s expansion into new markets.

The organisation's comprehensive engineering capabilities are primarily in mechanical and electrical engineering, spanning structural analysis, structural optimisation, fluid structural simulation and test and validation, including full system prototype build. The business has a production capability carrying out low rate, high quality builds.

SC Group is headquartered in Devon, and employs over 200 people at facilities in the South West of England and Victoria, Australia.

CEO: Nick Ames

"Encouraging and helping the next generation of engineers when the country needs good qualified engineers has to be a good thing, as is a strong relationship between a company and its local university. The Tamar Engineering Project benefits both sides and I’ve found mentoring a student a very rewarding and refreshing experience."

Nick is mentoring Benjamin Bush in the pilot year of the Project. A close, professional connection aims to build the confidence, skills and networks of the scholar, both widening their horizons and raising aspirations.

Industry partner 2: Plessey

Based in Plymouth, Plessey are renowned for being an innovative technology design and manufacturing organisation. 

Plessey is a world leader in producing GaN-on-Silicon LEDs selling to a range of blue chip global customers. As a technology company they are passionate about providing intelligent electronic solutions using solid state lighting and sensing to enhance people’s quality of life. Our LED products make use of our innovative GaN-on-Silicon technology to provide lighting solutions across the industrial, architectural, retail, outdoor and residential sectors.

CEO: Michael LeGoff

"The Tamar Engineering Project is a highly valuable and noble cause. This is an excellent idea and one that other universities should look at getting their alumni to be more supportive of.

Engineering is a key discipline for and in a number of growth drivers for the UK economy; ranging from manufacturing to the service industries. I would strongly support this type of programme for any professional degree."

Michael is mentoring BSc (Hons) Computer Science student, Brian Viviers, as part of the Tamar Engineering Project

Read about Michael's review and Plessey's involvement of the pilot year.

Industry partner 3: Dawnus

We're delighted to welcome Dawnus on to the Tamar Engineering Project as an industry partner.

Based in Swansea, Dawnus is an international civil engineering and building company, operated by a senior management team of highly skilled professionals who possess the technical abilities and experience to deal with a wide range of projects.

Jon Benton; Regional Director, is mentoring Lisa Jacob as part of the Tamar Engineering Project

Industry partner 4: BT

With growing demand for digital skills in the UK, BT is keen to help create the future supply of suitably-skilled people, helping both their own business and the national economy. 

BT has a long history of technical innovation and engineering excellence which has shaped communications in the UK and across the world. They are committed to developing the next generation of engineers and technologists. 

Their Tech literacy programme is targeted with reaching five million young people in the UK by 2020, they sponsor undergraduate engineers through the BT iET diamond scholarship programme, and support The Prince’s Trust Technology Leadership Group, which helps thousands of young people achieve their full potential.

Director, BT Service & Operations Lab: Paul O'Brien

"I’m very excited to get the opportunity to coach Chris. It’s important that industry take an active interest in developing the technologists and engineers of the future. We rely on talented people to create the future networks and services which will ensure the UK is a world leader in telecommunications and the services it supports."

Paul is mentoring Chris Dawson on the Tamar Engineering Project. Chris will go on to do a placement year with BT at Adastral Park in Ipswich, making his connection with Paul all the more valuable.

Industry partner 5: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers worldwide. In Europe, they are among the leading defence and security suppliers with 2,500 employees and long-established businesses in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Netherlands.

They are involved in a range of future game-changing programmes. Whether this is as a partner in the F-35 Lightning II providing the aircraft with its situational awareness and communications, as a specialist in cyber and intelligence datasets, as the pre-eminent provider of High Altitude Long Endurance unmanned aircraft, or as the ‘go to’ provider for open system architectures for battlespace networks, communications, and command and control, their reputation as an innovator is unparalleled.

Follow Northrop Grumman on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

Director of Operations, Europe and UK: Peter Beange

"I was delighted to be asked to mentor Hayden as he considers his future career in IT and Network Management. I attended my first meeting with Hayden at the University and was really very impressed with the overall project and the preparation the Career Hub team had gone through with him. This meant that Hayden had a good idea of what he wanted out of the mentor relationship and we were able to hit the ground running. It is a really well structured and well considered project and I hope that with my help, we can support Hayden to launch successfully his future career.
I would strongly encourage colleagues across the industry to consider acting as a mentor on this project."

Peter is mentoring BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks student, Hayden Roberts, as part of the Tamar Engineering Project.

Industry partner 6: Pennon Group

As one of the largest environmental infrastructure groups in the UK, Pennon are at the top end of the FTSE 250. Their mission is to build the most trusted environmental solutions company in the UK, providing infrastructure and services that enhance customers’ lives, protect the environment and deliver growth for shareholders.

South West Water
South West Water provide water and wastewater services in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. The merged company of South West Water and Bournemouth Water provides water and wastewater services to a population of c.1.7 million and water only services to c.0.5 million.

Viridor Limited
Viridor transform waste into energy, high quality recyclates and raw materials. Viridor is a leading UK recycling, energy recovery and waste management company, providing services to more than 150 local authorities and major corporate clients as well as over 32,000 customers across the UK.


Managing Director of Viridor: Phil Piddington


The Tamar Engineering Project provides an important link between senior business leaders and young talented individuals. Connecting in this way enables experience to be transferred via mentoring sessions which, when successfully applied, will help accelerate the development and open up wider career opportunities for the mentee.

Phil is mentoring Gemma Maynard, MEng Civil and Coastal Engineering student, who aspires to make a real difference to people's lives, through engineering.