Walney Extension Skills Fund Grants Awarded

To date, £192,268 has been awarded to projects, as follows:


“One Planet – One Life” delivered by Scientists for Global Responsibility

£20,400 has been awarded to Scientists for Global Responsibility to deliver workshops entitled “One Planet – One Life” across secondary schools in the funding area over a two-year period.

The interactive workshops will involve over 1,000 young people and aim to give a better understanding of the human contribution to climate change, and how a combination of technological and behavioural solution are needed to address this impact.

Dr Jan Maskell said, “At Scientists for Global Responsibility, we are extremely pleased to be awarded this grant from the Walney Extension Community Fund as it will enable us to develop our science education activities for secondary schools. With the need to keep global temperature change below 1.5 degrees C – as indicated by the scientific evidence – educating our young people about their carbon footprints and how they can reduce them is vital.”

Twelve STEM skill-focused workshops delivered by 3D Web Technologies Ltd

£29,600 has been awarded to 3D Web Technologies Ltd, to deliver twelve STEM skill-focused workshops for year eight pupils.

This project aims to give students an engaging, balanced and educationally valuable bigger picture insight into the complexities of offshore wind farm design. In small teams, pupils will be experiencing what it’s like to work on a wind farm development for the day. The teams will create their own ‘company’ with each member having a specific role such as Project Manager, Financial Manager, Technical Adviser or Public Relations (PR) Consultant. They will have to plan and design a wind farm layout considering real-life constraints and obstacles.


£1,500 was awarded to Barrow and District Association of Engineering towards their Design Technology Competition.

Engineering Courses at Furness College

£56,071 has been awarded to Furness College in Barrow to help finance course fees for four specific Engineering qualifications. The courses were available to students struggling to find employment or wanting to retrain in an engineering discipline but who might have struggled to self-finance the courses themselves. The 2018 academic year courses which the funding was awarded for are:

  • National Diploma Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (2 years)
  • HNC Engineering Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (2 Years)
  • Batchelor in Engineering – Ordinary Degree (2 Years)
  • Batchelor in Engineering – Hons Degree (4 Years)

The STEM Educational Fund

£51,400 was awarded to the Royal Academy of Engineering for the Furness Education & Skills Partnership and Barrow Engineering Project. This followed a competitive bidding process which encouraged experienced organisations to apply for a grant to develop and deliver extra curriculum STEM training and/or education courses or a programme of targeted events for up to two years.

The grant allowed the Royal Academy (through the project) to recruit two local Coordinators to deliver a range of activities to support STEM education and helped build closer relationships between schools and employers over a two year period.

Hardship Grants

An initial £20,000 was split across three colleges to help support students facing financial difficulties in getting to college or paying for course materials etc.) from 2016 – 2019. The three colleges that received grants were:

In addition to the above, Furness College and Lancaster and Morecombe College were each awarded a further £6,649 for the academic year 18/19.