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April 11th, 2024

Investec supports rugby-themed educational charity School Of Hard Knocks, in three-year partnership


Investec, a leading financial services group and title sponsor of the Investec Champions Cup, has initiated a three-year partnership with School of Hard Knocks (SOHK), a charity focused on social inclusion through sport. This collaboration aims to offer underprivileged individuals, particularly children, opportunities for personal development and mentorship. Investec will contribute by providing career insights, development days and strategic business mentorship to assist in the charity's growth and expansion efforts. SOHK currently engages over 1,400 pupils across 30 schools throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. Their programs blend rugby training with specialised mentoring and group sessions addressing various topics, including emotional control, resilience and future planning, emphasizing rugby's potential to facilitate positive social change. This announcement follows the successful Investec School of Hard Knocks Girls rugby tournament at Eton Manor RFC, showcasing over 100 girls demonstrating rugby's core values.

April 9th, 2024

Concero Education becomes headline sponsor for SEND charity nasen


nasen - the National Association for Special Educational Needs (SEND) - has announced its new headline sponsor, Concero Education. nasen is the leading charity working with, and for, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and learning differences. Concero Education explain that their deep-seated desire to drive meaningful impact through expert IT support and strategic development has led to their working with the charity in a new partnership agreement. By working together, nasen and Concero aim to empower inquisitive minds from early years to post-16 and beyond, including those who work with, and for, children and young people with SEND. Together, they will seek to provide children with new opportunities to explore beyond what they thought was possible and give them access to technology that best suits their development.

April 8th, 2024

York St John University sponsors the city's international Shakespeare festival for the first time


The York International Shakespeare Festival, starting on Thursday, 18th April, 2024, will see its first sponsorship by York St John University, marking the beginning of a three-year commitment. The festival will host artists from the UK, the United States, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, France, and Turkey, featuring a variety of events including world and UK premieres, educational storytelling, book launches, seminars, lectures and exhibitions over a 10-day period. Previously a main venue partner and organiser, the 2024 festival's association with York St John University signifies a deeper collaboration with the university's School of Humanities and the School of the Arts, hosting numerous events on campus. Among the notable events is the UK premiere of "Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey," a play written and performed by Debra Ann Byrd, the Founding Artistic Director of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival.

March 1st, 2024

Aston Uni's CSI Centre sponsors diversity award at National Cyber Diversity Awards


Aston University's Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre is actively participating in the National Cyber Diversity Awards for 2024, with a focus on spotlighting the low representation of ethnic minorities in the UK's cyber security sector, currently at 25%. The awards are orchestrated by the Ethnic Minorities in Cyber (EMiC) Network, backed by the UK Government's Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, aiming to bridge this gap by influencing national policy through insights and feedback. The CSI Centre is sponsoring the 'Cyber Diversity Academic Champion Award', acknowledging individuals who have notably progressed research, teaching, and diversity advocacy in cyber security education and academia. The event, scheduled for Tuesday, 5th March, 2024, at The Halls, Wolverhampton, will gather industry experts, professionals, and diversity proponents to celebrate contributions towards enhancing diversity in the cyber security realm.

February 26th, 2024

York St John University confirmed as sponsor of York Literary Festival


York St John University is the main sponsor of this year's York Literature Festival - one of its most ambitious yet, with 38 events being held across the city centre. The university supports the festival's mission to promote local writers, groups and performers, as well as providing the community with an annual programme of engaging literary events. Events will run from Wednesday, 28th February to Saturday, 30th March, across numerous venues in the city, including York St John University, Grand Opera House York, The Crescent, Theatre@41 and York Explore Library and Archive. Now in its 17th year, the festival has a large input from York St John students, with MA Publishing students planning and hosting the Polari Literary Salon on Thursday, 7th March, the International Women's Day Poetry Showcase on Friday, 8th March and a Zine Fair and Workshop on Tuesday, 19th March.

February 11th, 2024

Portsmouth City Council announces supporters of D-Day Story museum - and seeks more


Portsmouth City Council's D-Day Story museum will offer free access to at least 800 schoolchildren, supported by sponsorships from BAE Systems, Portsmouth Grammar School, Lockheed Martin and Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries. BAE Systems has contributed £17,50017,500, enabling 500 children to visit at no cost. This initiative coincides with the 80th anniversary of the D-Day and Normandy landings in 2024, aiming to educate thousands of Portsmouth's children about the city's significant involvement in the Second World War. The museum's educational programme includes hands-on object handling, interactive displays and the chance to explore the last remaining landing craft tank from D-Day. With a goal to fund 10,000 visits, Portsmouth City Council is seeking additional business sponsors to expand this educational opportunity.

February 6th, 2024

Harland & Wolff sponsors Maritime UK roundtable as part of NAW


Harland & Wolff has marked the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) by sponsoring a Maritime UK roundtable at its head office in London. NAW takes place between 5th and 11th February, 2024, an opportunity for the education and skills sector to celebrate the achievements of apprentices around the country and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses and the wider economy. The roundtable brings together apprentices from across the sector to share their experiences and includes a session with employers, who share best practice and identified areas for collaboration. The apprenticeship programme was launched in 2021, designed to equip young people leaving school and college with skills required to forge a rewarding, long-term career in shipbuilding and marine fabrication. Over 150 apprentices have so far taken part in the scheme, with 2024 set to boost those numbers significantly.

February 4th, 2024

Sandvik Coromant renews sponsorship of E&D Zone at MACH 2024


The Education and Development (E&D) Zone at MACH 2024 is again being sponsored by global metalcutting specialist, Sandvik Coromant, which has sponsored the Zone since its introduction at MACH 2012, inspiring the next generation of engineers to join the manufacturing technologies sector. The E&D Zone is the educational hub at MACH 2024, designed for students keen to explore what engineering-based manufacturing can offer them as a future career. Via guided tours of the exhibition students learn more about the latest manufacturing technologies being developed and deployed in UK industry and about potential career paths and opportunities - with guidance on the manufacturing and engineering companies that are recruiting UK apprentices. Over 3,000 students aged 11-18 are expected to attend this year, with interactive activities organised by contributors including F1 in Schools, University of Wolverhampton Racing, Vex Robotics and the National Physical Laboratory.

January 17th, 2024

NEIDA renews sponsorship of the Young Engineer of the Year competition

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NEIDA, a precision turned parts company, is renewing its sponsorship of St Joseph's College in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent for the Young Engineer of the Year competition. This competition, organized by KMF Group, a leading UK sheet metal engineering and metal fabrication company, has impacted over 25,000 students and involved more than 60 sponsoring organizations. It has also invested over £1 million to promote STEM education and inspire future scientists and engineers. NEIDA's support will enable students at St Joseph's College to design and construct a Greenpower Electric Car. The students will participate in races, first at Mallory Park in 2024, followed by a race in August 2025 on the streets of Stoke on Trent. This initiative is part of a broader effort to encourage young talent in engineering and technology fields.

January 11th, 2024

Updated Register of Student Sponsors published on UK government website


The government has updated its Register of Student Sponsors. The document, available on the government's website, lists institutions licensed to sponsor migrant students under the Student and Child Student routes. It includes information about the category of students the listed institutions are licensed to sponsor and their sponsorship rating. The system is primarily managed by the UK Home Office and is designed to ensure that only genuine students with the necessary financial means and intent to study can enter the country. Please note that immigration rules and policies may change over time, so it's essential to check the latest updates on the official UK government website or consult with an immigration expert for the most up-to-date information.

January 5th, 2024

Serco supports National Museum of the Royal Navy's STEM programme


Serco, a company experienced in public service delivery, has announced its partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) through a co-sponsorship of NMRN's STEM programme. This includes a £10,000 donation, facilitating the museum's engagement with over 25,000 children annually in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities. The NMRN, with over 1.3 million annual visitors, plays a vital role in showcasing the Royal Navy's historical impact on Britain. Serco's relationship with the Royal Navy extends over 25 years, offering engineering and asset management services at various naval bases. These bases include museums like the Fleet Air Arm museum and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, integral to the NMRN. Serco's sponsorship underlines its ongoing support for the Royal Navy and its dedication to advancing STEM education.

December 27th, 2023

TutorABC partners with British Office Taipei to sponsor Chevening Scholarship Program


TutorABC, an online platform for English and Chinese learning, has partnered with the British Office Taipei to sponsor the Chevening Scholarship Program, aimed at developing Taiwanese global leaders. Funded by the UK Government, the Chevening Scholarship has, since 1983, awarded over 1,500 annual scholarships for master's degrees in the UK to international students. In Taiwan, over 240 scholarships have been granted since 1990, with support from Delta Electronics Foundation and Dr. Winston Wong OBE. TutorABC's CEO, Samuel Yang, and British Office Taipei's John Dennis both emphasised the sponsorship's role in strengthening UK-Taiwan educational and cultural ties. This partnership complements TutorABC's existing collaborations with over 400 universities worldwide, its provision of Barron's exam preparation courses, and comprehensive study abroad services for Taiwanese students.

December 15th, 2023

Bookspace joins Great School Libraries campaign as headline sponsor


BookSpace, the library furniture and design company, have joined Great School Libraries as their headline sponsor. BookSpace aims to ensure that every child has access to a well-resourced school library. According to BookSpace. research has proven that school libraries have a positive impact on pupil attainment, wellbeing and attitudes towards reading. Yet despite this, two thirds of primary schools don't have an allocated library budget - and the number of secondary school libraries seems to be reducing. BookSpace is supporting the Great School Libraries campaign so they can continue their work to improve school library provision and ensure school libraries receive adequate funding, resources and recognition and thus promote and encourage a lifelong love of reading.


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