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A year of success delivering social value

Over the past year, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have been working in partnership with Karakusevic Carson Architects to enhance the delivery of the ‘social value’ element of the Meridian Water Development in Enfield. The Trust worked with the architecture team at their studio to design a diversity and inclusion programme that would have a lasting impact on local young people.

Follow the link  below to read more.

Meridian Water Development – Year 1 newsletter




Meet the recipients of The Stephen Lawrence Bursary Prize 2017

We’re pleased to share the recipients of this years Stephen Lawrence Architecture Bursary Prize.

We received applications from across the UK and the standards were extremely high.

Thank you to all our partner organisations who supported the bursary prize this year

You can read their stories here  

If you would like to know more about how you can support The Trusts bursary prize, please email 

INTO Publishing

into publishing

Are you 18-30? Do you want a career in publishing? 

  • To become a writer, agent, editor or publicist?
  • Develop skills, knowledge, and experience within the business?
  • Be mentored by an industry expert?
  • Network and make contacts?
  • Maybe get a job?

We are looking for dynamic individuals to give a FREE package of comprehensive support that includes: training, mentoring and events that will assist you in your career.

So here is what you get:

  • Into Publishing Training – An action packed 4 days training programme at University College London which will cover everything from Editorial, Design, Sales, Rights, Marketing, Publicity, and Finance.  The course starts on the 29/08/2017 and also includes free membership with the Society of Young Publishers.
  • Into Publishing Mentoring – 6 months of 1:1 support from an industry expert from Hachette Publishing. They will support you as you progress your career within industry and beyond.
  • Into Publishing Event 21/09/2017 – Free entry into our evening at Hachette Publishing. The home of five of the world’s leading publishing companies; Hodder & Stoughton, Orion, John Murray Press, Little, Brown. You will meet Authors, Literary Agents, Editorial Directors, Managing Director, Publicity Managers, Sales Directors and more. They will be telling their stories about how they got ‘Into Publishing’ and will also be on hand to answer any questions you have on what to do to get into the sector.


To apply, please send your CV together with a supporting letter answering the following questions:

  1. What are the skills you need to work in the publishing industry and how can you demonstrate them?
  2. Tell us about a book that has had an impact on you in the last 12 months.

Please send the requested information to: with the subject heading ‘INTO Publishing programme’. 

The application deadline is 7th July 2017


Stephenson Harwood LLP secure feature in ‘Graduate Recruiter’ magazine on partnership work

The law firm Stephenson Harwood has written a feature about their partnership work with us, which has been published in the ‘Graduate Recruiter’ magazine.

Longtime supporters, the firm have worked with us on our school-based careers programmes – firstly our pilot scheme (‘Access to Professions: Law’) and the extension of this into our new, broader Career Pathway initiative. The article describes this involvement and emphasises the importance of:

  • Targeting students at a younger age than most initiatives as longer term decisions tend to be made by students at such an early stage
  • Providing sustained support to the students rather than a one-off intervention

You can read the full article here.

For more information about our Career Pathway programme, click here. 


Highlights newsletter – Building Futures Programme

As the Trusts Building Futures Programme reaches its second year, we are pleased to share our new ‘HIGHLIGHTS’ newsletter.

We continue to be London’s leading architecture charity that supports young aspiring architects from school age, through to Part III and beyond.

With the support of many industry partners, we continue to inspire and enable talented young architects from across London and the UK.

You can read all about the HIGHLIGHTS here 

If you wish to know how you or your company can get involved in supporting any of the initiatives shown in the Highlights, please email 

Chobham Manor – Site Manager – Taylor Wimpey


Chobham Manor – Site Manager – Paid Summer 2017 Work Placement

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust begin with the first, in what we hope to be many, opportunities for young people within with the wider built environment. We are taking are extensive experience of over 20 years working with aspiring architects and broadening our support into the wider construction industry.

The exciting paid opportunity is for a student studying in Construction Project Management, gaining paid experience working on the Chobham Manor project in Stafford East London. The placement will be with Taylor Wimpey, one of the largest home-builders in the UK.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are sharing this incredible opportunity through our network, administering the bursary, and mentoring the student throughout the placement period.

Read full details here on how to apply

Deadline Wednesday 14th June 2017.


Design plans revealed for Co-Working Hub

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are pleased to reveal the design plans for London’s leading Co-Working Hub for those within the built environment, which will be housed at our Centre here in Deptford, South London.

The Centre has been re-imagined by the interior team at Gensler UK, who are providing their design expertise completely pro-gratis. The in-kind contribution doesn’t stop there, they are approaching their industry contacts to help support the design vision, and we have been overwhelmed by the support to date.

Gensler blew everyone away at The Trust last week when they presented their design ideas for the Co-Working HUB. Our Founder and Life President Baroness Lawrence, along with our Trustees, Alumni and industry supporters were all present to witness how our interior spaces will be transformed to create what will be London’s leading Co-Working HUB for Start-ups in the built environment.

You can read about the journey to date here. 



Peabody – A Vital partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust!

Peabody are one of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trusts key partners of our flagship Building Futures Programme.


One of the largest and oldest housing associations in London, Peabody has been pivotal to the continuing success of the Building Futures programme which supports aspiring BAME young Architecture students and graduates build careers in the profession.


Peabody Chair, Lord Kerslake, helped launch the Building Futures Programme at the House of Lords in 2016.

Peabody is utilising their network of architectural practices to promote Building Futures by inviting their key partners to engage with the Trust.


Stephen Burns, Executive Director Communities at Peabody said: “Peabody shares the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s vision of increasing access into the various professions associated with the built environment for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups. The young people involved so far are making the most of their opportunities and we look forward to seeing how they progress.”


Haworth Tompkins, an award-winning Architecture practice whose projects include Peabody Avenue in Pimlico and Silchester in Kensington and Chelsea, was one of the practices that reached out to the Trust after Peabody’s introduction. Several of their architects came forward to mentor several of our talented students, with one of the students, a Part I graduate Larry Botchway continuing to gain paid employment. The Practice also went on to offer two of our talented students paid summer internships, and they are now in the process of delivering a series of workshops.




Farrer Huxley Associates (FHA), a Landscape architecture practice is also working with the Trust to encourage prospective landscape architects into the profession which is struggling to attract students currently.

Director Noel Farrer spoke at an industry seminar hosted by The Trust, which led to 6 students attending a bespoke workshop with FHA, after which two students were selected to attend further work experience.

Championing diversity in the architecture profession.

Earlier this month, renowned Architect, RIBA Role Model and National RIBA Council member, Elsie Owusu OBE, approached The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to help identify chartered architects and architecture students from BAME backgrounds who wish to both learn more about RIBA council elections, and receive advice and support with potential applications to this year’s elections.

The concept behind the launch is to work toward an aim of 25% representation of BAME architects within the RIBA council by 2018, as a tribute to Stephen Lawrence on the 25th anniversary year of his death. The project receiving the official support of The Trusts Founder and Life President Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The Trust hosted an inspiring and informative session, led by Architect and Diversity and Inclusion Champion, Elsie Owusu. The event was attended by those architects and students who aspired to join the RIBA Council. The event also received support from London’s Regional Director of the RIBA, and long-time supporter of the Trust, Dian Small.


After receiving much interest from the potential candidates, Elise set about gaining support from leading architects, including Lord (Richard) Rogers, AA Prez David Porter, Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA, Angela Brady CBE PPRIBA, Jane Duncan, Yasmin Shariffm, Carl Turner and newly elected RIBA president, Ben Derbyshire.

The RIBA council elections close today, 19th May, and we are proud to announce 14 nominations have been submitted. We wish all candidates the best of luck.


Sales and Marketing Internship Opportunity

Bloom bakery & catering

Bloom are offering a part-time Sales and Marketing Internship for an enthusiastic individual
looking to build a career in sales and marketing. You’ll join Bloom at an exciting time, as
we’re just getting off the ground, and will be able to play a key role in helping to shape our
brand and develop our marketing strategy. You’ll be given real responsibility in the
business, and will have the opportunity to gain significant experience in a wide range of

Responsibilities can be tailored to your skills or areas of interest, but could include:

• Exploring new markets for Bloom’s catering services and working closely with the
Director to create a sales and marketing strategy to develop our customer base
• Brand development – supporting Bloom to establish and communicate its brand identity
• Developing our online presence across a range of social media and digital channels
• Design of printed marketing materials
• Photography of Bloom products and creation of an image gallery for use in marketing
• Events planning for key marketing and sales opportunities e.g. Lewisham People’s Day

Who Are We Looking For?

We’re looking for someone with a true passion for sales and marketing, who is seeking to
gain hands-on volunteering experience in a real business setting. You will be a self-starter,
who can bring plenty of creativity and inspiration to the role. You’ll be comfortable taking
direction and feedback, but will be able to work independently, bringing your own ideas
and initiative to the table.


• Demonstrable interest in sales and marketing
• The flexibility and creativity to work in a start-up business
• Willingness to perform a range of different tasks and try new areas of work
• Highly computer literate, including competence with Office software and experience with
using a range of social media platforms
• Passion for working in an organisation that makes a difference in the community
• An interest in the food and hospitality sector is desirable, but not essential

Essential Details

• Hours: Part-time, ideally one day per week working with the Director. Additional days of
independent working can be agreed, if desired.
• Location: Catford or Lewisham centre, to be agreed
• Expenses: Travel expenses within London and lunch expenses will be reimbursed
• This is a volunteer position
• Reference: Professional reference can be can be provided on completion of minimum one
month’s volunteering (4 volunteering days)

For more information, and to apply, please contact


Harris Academy Greenwich students visit Houses of Parliament

Last week we took a group of Year 9 students from Harris Academy Greenwich on a visit to the Houses of Parliament. The students went on a tour, visiting both the House of Commons and House of Lords. They learnt about the history of parliament as well as the day-to-day activities of MPs. The students then took part in a workshop which explored different ways to get involved in politics.

Read more about our schools programmes here and here 

The Annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture 2017 – Speakers announced!

We are excited to announce our inspirational key-note speakers for this years Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, which will be held at the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), on the evening of September 12th 2017.

The Lecture will commemorate Stephen Lawrence who would have been 43 years old. This annual event helps raise vital funds for the Trust. This ensures we can continue with our aim in supporting young aspiring architects who are mainly from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The Memorial Lecture is themed on Sensory Architecture and is set to be an architecture diary highlight of the year!

Tickets are now available!

The Speakers

About Francis Kéré

Francis Kéré is a German-trained architect from the small West African town of Gando in Burkina Faso. Going against traditional native concerns about the ‘Western curriculum’, he attended school and was eventually awarded a scholarship to apprentice in Germany, where he went on to earn a university degree in architecture and engineering. Whilst studying, he founded the Kéré Foundation to fund the construction of the Gando Primary School which earned the prestigious Aga Khan Award in 2001.

Kéré has recently been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017.

About Spencer de Grey CBE

Spencer de Grey shares design responsibility for all Foster + Partners’ projects as joint Head of Design. He studied architecture at Cambridge University under Sir Leslie Martin. On graduating in 1969 he worked for the London Borough of Merton, being responsible for one of the first Middle schools in the country.

He is visiting Professor of Design at the University of Cambridge, Chairman of the Building Centre Trust, and architectural advisor to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He also lectures widely. In 1997 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2008 was elected a Royal Academician.

About Simone de Gale

Simone de Gale was one of the first London based recipients of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary Award to start their own Architect’s practice in 2010.  Most recently she was awarded Winner; ‘Architect of the Year’, at the Women in Construction Awards 2017.

Grab your Early bird tickets and put it in your calendar!

You will not be disappointed at this hotly anticipated event of the year.


Chobham Manor – PRP Opportunity – DEADLINE FRIDAY 2ND JUNE!


Chobham Manor – Architecture Summer 2017 Work Placement

We have an exciting opportunity for an Architecture student to gain experience working on the Chobham Manor project. The placement will be with PRP, one of London’s leading architectural practices.

Charitable housing association L&Q and leading national homebuilder Taylor Wimpey have been selected to construct the new homes at Chobham Manor by the London Legacy Development Corporation, with some of the first properties occupied. As part of the Chobham Manor project, we are providing employment opportunities for local people.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are sharing this incredible opportunity through our network, administering the bursary, and mentoring the student throughout the placement period.

Read full details here on how to apply



Intelligence Officers – Job Opportunities!

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have the pleasure of offering this unique opportunity for individuals to become Intelligence Officers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office / Security Intelligence Service.

The Role

As an intelligence officer your focus will be gathering, analysing, delivering and utilising intelligence. Whether working with government departments, overseeing a targeting effort to develop an operation, meeting the agents overseas, or reporting the intelligence back to senior government Ministers you will be at the forefront of keeping this country safe and secure.

The Benefits

Full training, including conversational foreign language skills where required will be provided as your career develops. You will be given many opportunities to broaden your skills and the opportunity to move into management and operational leadership positions.

You will receive a competitive salary and additional benefits, including child care support during your training.

The qualities we are looking for:

  • Real evidence of achievement, both in an academic setting and supplemented with work/life experience
  • A sharp intellect and analytical capability with an ability to link disparate data in order to draw conclusions
  • Sound judgement and the capability to operate with great levels of independence.
  • A drive to acquire knowledge and an ability to absorb new learning across a diverse range of subjects.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. The ability to understand, interact and connect with a diverse range of people.
  • An interest in foreign culture is essential. Foreign languages and technology are both advantages.

Application process

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are working in partnership with the Security Intelligence Service to diversify their talent pool, and therefore are particularly encouraging applicants from Black, Asian and Other ethnic minorities to apply.

Next Steps

  • please email your CV,  and a recent photo together with a covering letter evidencing how you meet the qualities we are looking for above to:
  • Should you be selected for the next stage, you will be invited to an information session, here at the Stephen Lawrence Trust where more information regarding the stage 2 application process will be provided.


Mentors needed!

We are currently recruiting for mentors for our Career Pathway programme. 

The Career Pathway programme is designed to reduce many of the barriers young people face on their journey into work. By providing mentoring opportunities, we hope to enable disadvantaged young people to make informed decisions about their careers, set goals and develop their interpersonal skills.

We run two separate mentoring schemes that cater for different age groups:

  1. The schools scheme is run in partnership with three schools in South East London. Mentors will be matched one-on-one with a student in Year 10 (aged 14-15) and a key focus for mentors will be helping their mentee to find a work experience placement.
  2. The graduate scheme matches mentors one-on-one with a young person (aged 18 – 30), initiated via a speed mentoring session. A key focus is for mentors to support mentees to find volunteering placements and permanent employment.

Benefits for mentors:

  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals.
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about yourself.
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers.
  • Make a real difference.

Click here for a full Mentor Job Description or email to express your interest.


Over 200 Year 9 students attend inspirational careers talk at Sedgehill School

On Wednesday 22nd March, we organised an inspirational speaker session for the whole of Year 9 at Sedgehill School. The aim was to increase the students’ knowledge of the various career options available and hopefully inspire them.

The speakers were Farah Bhatti, a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cyril Molony, an Electrical Engineeer, and Ray Pope, Talent and Acquisition Manager at Universal Music. All spoke of their journey through education and into the world of work. They mentioned the various challenges they had faced and gave the students their tips and advice for success.

In feedback, one student said “they were really motivational and inspiring”, while another said “I love the message about never giving up”.

The inspirational speaker session formed part of our Career Pathway programme, which aims to support young people to make informed career choices by providing them with the necessary information, skills and experience – as well as inspiration. You can read more about the programme and how to get involved here

Thank you very much to Farah, Ray and Cyril for giving up their time to speak to the students at Sedgehill.



Stephen Lawrence Bursary recipient named Architect of the Year

The Trust was thrilled to hear that one of our bursary alumni, Simone de Gale, has been named Architect of the Year at the Women in Construction awards 2017!

Simone was a recipient of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary in 2008 and since then she has gone on to flourish within the architecture industry. She has successfully built her own architecture practice, Simone de Gale Architects to much acclaim. Simone has remained a positive advocate of Trust and has been actively involved with our Building Futures Programme.

Simone’s success encapsulates perfectly the impact the Trust can have with our bursary award. By helping aspiring architects at the right point in their career and removing financial barriers, we can help them unlock their full potential and succeed within the profession.

Congratulations to Simone, we look forward to seeing what you accomplish next.

If you would like to know more about how you could support out bursary prize, please contact

The Stephen Lawrence Bursary award 2017 is now open for applications!

We are delighted to announce that the annual Stephen Lawrence Bursary award is now open for applications. The Bursary has always been, and remains, an important aspect of our work.

The annual award of the Bursary is designed to help aspiring architects from BAME backgrounds alleviate some of the financial pressures of studying to become an architect. The 7-year journey to become an architect is a costly one, and as such, many students from poorer backgrounds often drop out without fully qualifying.

Details about how to apply for this year’s Bursary can be found here

You can read more about the recipients of last year’s award here


Stephen Lawrence Journalism Scholarships – open for applications now

The Daily Mail, City University and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have teamed up to launch a bursary to help students from under-represented groups break into journalism.

Together we are looking to give two aspiring journalists the chance to learn the trade from the best. n You will receive a full fee scholarship for a postgraduate degree course starting in September 2017, support from City journalism academics, access to work experience at the Daily Mail, as well as professional mentorship from senior journalists.

You will also receive financial support for living expenses, rent and other costs while studying for the degree. n On completion of the MA, if you are successful you will be offered a place on the Daily Mail or MailOnline editorial graduate trainee scheme, where you will receive a 12-month paid contract.

You must be available to start in September 2017 and the course will last for 12 months, after which you will be considered for the Mail scheme.

Students interested in applying should email, including a CV, examples of work and a personal statement of no more than 500 words. The closing date is Friday April 7 at 5pm.

Full details of the scholarship and application procedure can be found at the Department of Journalism website, at


Interim Report – The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme reaches its interim period, (18 months), of delivery.

The programme is now supporting 125+ young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented back grounds (BME), who wish to pursue a career in architecture;

We provide Work Opportunities, Bursaries, Mentoring Schemes, Workshops and much more….

  • We know that BME representation within the profession sits at around 0.9% for fully qualified architects, that is far below the national average of 10% in other leading professions
  • We know from the RIBA education statistics that transition points from Part I to Part II  is where a large drop off rate is for BME representation, (around 50% of Black British males fail to get from Part I to Part II).

Click HERE to read about how we are tackling these issues, and leading the way on diversity within the industry 

If you have any questions about the programme or the report, please contact Neil Onions on 

You can read more about the Building Futures Programme on our programmes page (here)