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The MacRobert Award
Initiated and endowed by The Trust in 1969 in recognition of Lady MacRobert’s interest in science and engineering, The MacRobert Award is the premier UK annual award for outstanding innovation in engineering.

The award is now managed and adjudicated by the Worshipful Company of Engineering, The Royal Academy of Engineering, with endowments added to our own by the Royal Academy of Engineering and by industry, and offers a gold medal and cash prize of £50,000 to the winning company. Members of the winning team each receive bronze medals. A Trustee of The MacRobert Trust is a member of the MacRobert Award adjudication panel.

This year, 2017, the award was presented to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. They promote programming in education with low cost, high-performance computers which people can use to learn, solve problems and have fun.

Over 12 million units have been sold across the world since its launch making it the most successful British computer ever.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charitable organisation and all profits generated are used to fund its outreach and education activities.

You can find out more about The MacRobert Award, including full guidance notes on submissions, rules and conditions, the judging process and information about previous winners at the Royal Academy of Engineering website at


The Royal Air Force Cranwell BadgeThe MacRobert Prize
Since 2003, the MacRobert Prize has been awarded annually to the graduating officer at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, who has, in the opinion of his or her peers, made the greatest contribution to each graduating class.

On average, four prizes are awarded each year and the winning officer is presented with a miniature version of the silver quaich that is kept at the college and on which the winner’s name is engraved.


Air Training Corps BadgeThe Lady MacRobert Trophy
The Lady MacRobert Trophy is awarded annually to the North East Scotland Air Training Corps (ATC) squadron judged by the staff of the North East Scotland Wing ATC to have reached the best overall standard in areas such as efficiency and achievements.

The families of the winning and supporting cadets attend a magnificent parade day in the grounds at Douneside House in June. The Ballater and District Pipe Band provides music for the parade and lunch for official guests is provided in Douneside House.


Nuffield Farming CrestThe MacRobert Trust Nuffield Scottish Farming Scholarship Award
The MacRobert Trust made a three-year recurring donation commencing in 2009 to initiate a new Nuffield scholarship targeted specifically at potential scholars in Scotland who are farmers or involved in agriculture, horticulture or the wider food chain.

The award is administered by the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and provides travel and subsistence costs for eight weeks in return for a written paper and presentation of study findings at its annual winter conference.

A Trustee of The MacRobert Trust is a member of the scholarship award panel which sits each January. An evaluation of the scholarship will be carried out with Nuffield after the selection of the third scholar in early 2012 with a view to making the scholarship an on-going annual award.

Find more information about the Nuffield scholarships at


The Air LeagueThe MacRobert Trust Flying Scholarships and Bursaries
The Air League holds an endowment from The MacRobert Trust to give one of its annual flying scholarships or bursaries to an individual from Scotland, either an adult with particular talent who is looking to improve their ability or a young person who is just below solo standard. Scholarships usually take the form of a week’s residential flying training at Tayside Aviation Flying Training, Dundee.

Find more information about The MacRobert Trust flying scholarships and bursaries at


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