Temporary Works forum
The Temporary Works forum (TWf) is an organisation which works with companies within the temporary works industry - vital parts of a construction project which enables the permanent structure to be built - to encourage open discussion in the sector. The subscription-based forum seeks to promote best practices to improve the safety standards whilst also addressing any fundamental issues within the sector, providing professional guidance and leadership when necessary.
TWf is an incredible organisation, and the University of Salford is extremely grateful to be a recipient of their generosity.
The TWf Scholarship launched during the 2020/21 academic year to provide three undergraduate students completing an engineering degree at Salford with a life-changing award. The Scholarship will not only support the scholars whilst they undertake a research project but encourage them to foster an interest in 'temporary works' as they develop industry links and gain access to brilliant employment opportunities.
"I was delighted when I got the email about being awarded the TWf scholarship, and immediately overwhelmed with gratitude and pride that my achievements and passion had been recognised .... It has been a huge boost to my confidence and motivation, and I am even more driven to acheive the best that I possibly can to make you proud."
"The TWf Scholarship will aid me in achieving my dreams and, hopefully, I can make my family proud and reach my goals that may not have been possible without this."
“The scholarship has played a significant role in establishing valuable industry contacts and accelerating my career progression. Furthermore, it has provided me with invaluable opportunities to gain practical experience in the field of Civil Engineering. Not only has the scholarship helped me grow professionally, but it has also provided financial support along my academic journey”
"The scholarship has motivated me to continue progressing with my studies, and I am grateful for this opportunity and I will not waste it. It will allow me to reduce the hours I work slightly which means I can allocate more time to my studies. The support from yourselves has given me a better chance of succeeding in my course, thank you."
"Being awarded the scholarship has made this year a lot easier in terms of being able to take a step back from my part-time job and focusing more on my studies .... All in all, I just want to say a massive thank you to TWf and the donors for making this scholarship possible, I wouldn’t have got through this year of university without it."
"The Scholarship will make a big difference in my education. As a refugee, I have only one source of financial support ... the money I do have has to be budgeted very carefully.
By giving me this Scholarship, you will lighten my financial burden, allowing me to focus more on my education. I hope one day I can help students achieve their goals, just as you helped me."
In May 2022, we were delighted to welcome David Thomas, Director and Secretary of Temporary Works forum, onto campus to meet the scholars, celebrate their hard work, and provide an invaluable insight into industry.
When asked about the visit, David said:
"The TWf Academic Research and Scholarship Fund encourages the study of engineering and promotes awareness and research into temporary works. In particular, the aim is to promote collaboration between industry and academia; improve safety and sustainability within the construction industry; and to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“After two difficult years, it was great to meet the students at last, to find out more about what they’ve been studying and researching and to hear about what they aspire to do.”
We would like to thank TWf for their generosity as your Scholarships will not only provide our students with unique, industry-led experiences but encourage them to achieve their dreams.