GivEnergy summer school

GivEnergy funds an immersive university experience as part of new summer school scheme

GivEnergy is proud to announce the funding of a new scheme for school children in Newcastle, particularly those living in Bradwell, Silverdale and Knutton.

The scheme — a partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and GivEnergy — is part of the 850th anniversary of King Henry II’s decision to grant Newcastle-under-Lyme a Royal Charter of Incorporation.

It will see 85 year 10 students go on a two day summer school residential at Keele University. In turn, it will ‘immerse’ students from low-participation areas in a real-life campus experience.

The scheme will be funded by GivEnergy, as part of the company’s continued investment in education and the community. GivEnergy wishes to encourage the next generation of engineers developing advanced technology to come from local schools and colleges.

Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said:

A key part of this year’s celebrations is to look forward by creating a lasting legacy economically, culturally and educationally.

And it has been agreed to use the world-class university facilities on our doorstep to shape the future by actively encouraging an interest in young students for engineering careers in green energy.

Students will take part in a bespoke annual residential course at Keele University, the GivEnergy 850 Learning Lab, to take advantage of both the company’s and university’s expertise to explore sustainability and green energy, as well as learning about the Borough’s history.

Jason Howlett, GivEnergy CEO, said:

At GivEnergy, we’re committed to using our resources as a force for good. Education and giving young people a chance are core to this commitment, sitting at the heart of our founder’s philosophy.
Funding the GivEnergy 850 Learning Lab is enormously rewarding for us. Supporting young people who have indicators of socio-economic disadvantages is a cause we’re proud to get behind. We hope that, working alongside Keele University, the immersion in a real-life campus experience will foster a sense of self-confidence that university education is attainable for all.
As Newcastle-under-Lyme celebrates its amazing 850-year legacy, we’re delighted to continue leaving our own legacy of giving back.

Ant Sutcliffe, Associate Director, Higher Horizons, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with GivEnergy on what will prove to be a really innovative and engaging two days for some of the young people of Newcastle-under-Lyme. We will not only be celebrating 850 years of the borough, but be celebrating their talents, too. We already have so many fun activities planned for the residential trip.
The event will be free of charge, funded by GivEnergy and delivered by Higher Horizons at Keele University. The activities will include exploring clean energy with Keele academic staff and GivEnergy, as well as computing workshops and more.
Higher Horizons and GivEnergy encourage any teachers who have young people who live or learn in the borough to enquire about booking free places for them and their Year 10s by emailing

Lauren Huss, Head of Alumni and Supporter Engagement at Keele University, said:

Keele are delighted to help facilitate this initiative. GivEnergy are demonstrating the impact philanthropic support from local businesses can have on nurturing young talent within the borough.