UG Racing

We regularly support UG Racing, which is a Student team based within the University of Glasgow. Each year, undergraduates from all levels and engineering disciplines come together to conceptualise, design, manufacture, and race a single seat race car. The team competes every July in Formula Student at the Silverstone race circuit.

In July 2022, the team of 68 students will be travelling to Silverstone to take part in Formula Student UK 2022, with the ambitious aim to build on their 8th overall place finish last year.

The entire event is being livestreamed on the Formula Student YouTube channel – you can tune in from 9am on Saturday 9th and 9am on Sunday 10th of July to watch UGR22 in action! The link to the channel can be found at

Hugh O’Neill

We announce with great regret the death of our Honorary Secretary, Hugh O’Neill. Hugh contributed greatly to the activities of the Trust and will be greatly missed.

He has taken a leading role as Secretary of GU68 Engineers Trust since its establishment in 2004.

Hugh had a wide range of interests, and whatever he did, he applied himself to it enthusiastically. He enjoyed a successful career in construction, and retired having been in turn a Scottish director of three major construction companies.

On retiring, he assisted several organisations in change management and the marketing of their services. He also obtained a formal qualification from the Scottish Tour Guides Association, and led bespoke tours throughout Scotland.

Latest awards

Out of thirteen applicants, six were shortlisted for interview and received awards as described below. Well done to all of those who applied, including those who did not receive an award this time. The interviewers were very impressed with the quality and professionalism of all of this year’s submissions, and awards were made totalling £2 200.

JAMES WILSON, 5th Year Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Laser Particle Counter
Award: £600

CLARA GHATTAS, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
Fabrication of a scale model of a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic monocoque for a Formula Student car
Award: £700

ADAM FREW, 5th Year Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Digital Caliper Tweezers
Award: £150

ANDREW LUNARDI, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
Eye Tracking Technology in motorsport
Award: £200

EUAN GIBSON-SMITH, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
3D motion capture system for Tennis Coaching
Award: £400

KIERAN LARSSEN, 5th Year Product Design Engineering
Cycling Safety Device
Award: £150

For more details, go to Awards 2021-22

Recent Awards

Members of organised groups working on longer-term projects no longer need to apply for support at the fixed times applying to individuals, and can email us here at any time.

We have made an award of £3 000 to UG Racing, to finance electrical training in support of their aim to put Scotland’s first electric Formula Student car on track by July 2022. The development of an electrically powered racing car will take up by far the majority of UG Racing’s budget for 2021-22 so, all being well, we may follow this with a further award in 2022.

Where our awards help

One of the projects supported by GU68 in November 2020 was UGRacing. This is the car entered in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Formula Student 2021 event held at Silverstone, where UGRacing achieved a best ever result of 8th place overall, to retake the Scottish Formula Student crown. In addition, the Electric Vehicle Team finished joint third out of 65 teams in the Engineering Design category. There is more information on the Awards page.