Diamond inspires next generation by supporting the Year of Engineering


Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron science facility based at Harwell, Oxfordshire, has unveiled a busy programme of events as part of the Year of Engineering 2018 to give thousands of young people inspiring experiences of modern engineering and encourage them to join the profession.

Diamond has pledged its support for the Government’s Year of Engineering 2018, a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among youngsters aged 7-16, their parents and teachers to tackle the engineering skills gap. Launched in response to an estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates a year and reports that the skills shortage is having a significant impact on productivity and growth, the Year of Engineering seeks to galvanise industry, policy makers, parents and teachers in a national push to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Diamond will be supporting the campaign by hosting a series of careers and open days throughout the year. These will be designed to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to highlight the various roles and career paths available at the synchrotron. Every year, 3,000 members of the general public as well as 3,000 school students visit the facility and this year Diamond will be opening its doors to even more.

Diamond, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, will be hosting a careers day on Wednesday 21 February. On the day, delegates will be welcomed to the facility to learn about the engineers and engineering opportunities at Diamond. Delegates will be given the opportunity to tour Diamond’s unique facility and have a meet-and-greet session with experts covering mechanical, electrical and software engineering. Register your interest here .

In addition, Diamond has a series of open days planned across the year to enable young people and other members of the public to come and experience the globally renowned science facility. The ‘Science In Your Future’ day on 1 March 2018 will be an informative and hands-on event aimed at girls in KS4 who are interested in science or engineering careers. The day will provide insights into different aspects of science and will include workshops from leading local companies and a tour of Diamond.

The ‘Engineering Your Future’ day taking place on Thursday 28 June 2018 will be a similar style event for all KS5 students.

Diamond will also be undertaking a schools’programme with their scientists and engineers visting local schools and giving educational talks throughout 2018.

Stewart Scott, Head of Beamline Systems Engineering at Diamond, says: “Diamond is proud to be supporting the Year of Engineering, an initiative to highlight the wide range of exciting and rewarding career options available for young people and the benefits of engineering to the UK economy. As one of the world’s leading science facilities we have a responsibility to help encourage the next generation of engineers and scientists, ensuring we have a high-skilled workforce that is fit for the future.”

Key dates

Open days

  • 24th March
  • 9th June
  • 21st August
  • 10th November

School Inside Diamond Days

  • 22nd March
  • 14th June
  • 14th November

‘Science In Your Future’ day

  • 1 March

‘Engineering Your Future’ day’

  • 28th June

To find out more about Inside Diamond events and book your place, visit


To register your interest in our Engineering Careers event, visit