Nottingham University is to support and run a new charitable fund, set up by Bartons, which encourages young people to study engineering at degree level. The TH Barton Innovation Fund is part of centenary celebrations to honour local engineer, Thomas Henry Barton. He studied at the University College Nottingham in the 1890s and later founded the Barton buses, which still runs today.
The fund aims to support outreach work within the university’s Faculty of Engineering, including a range of activities for school children. Events will be run in conjunction with charities, local and national engineering bodies and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
A number of initiatives are due to mark the celebrations, including a tour of the original Barton’s bus route in a veteran Daimler Char-a-banc, a centenary lecture, heritage open day and reception at the company’s HQ in Chilwell.
Bartons managing director Simon Barton said: ‘Undoubtedly the key to a centaury of operation has been engineering innovation, and we could not be happier than to support the Nottingham University’s enlightened approach to attracting students to such an essential vocation.’
Jill Minter, from the university’s Faculty of Engineering, said: ‘Examples include engineering workshops for 13-17 year olds, residential summer schools for sixth formers, after-school clubs for primary school children and a variety of other taster days, including those that allow young people to sample university life.’