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Scholarship success leads to more opportunities at UEA

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has today been announced as one of seven top UK universities involved in the ScottishPower Foundation scholarship programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

The scheme has announced 28 new scholarship places will be available for the next academic year, across the seven universities, and to coincide with this ScottishPower Renewables has donated £100k to the ScottishPower Foundation to go towards funding these places.

Applications for the forthcoming academic year open on Wednesday 9th February and will close on Friday 7th April, giving applicants two months to apply online.

The ScottishPower Foundation is calling on recent or soon-to-be graduates wishing to pursue a career in energy engineering and environment related studies to apply for these places. Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5 million in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field. Those receiving a scholarship will see their full enrolment costs covered as well as receiving a generous living allowance.

Last year, four scholars were awarded a scholarship at UEA by the ScottishPower Foundation through funds donated by East Anglia ONE windfarm developer ScottishPower Renewables. One of them, Esmee Thornton, who is studying for a Masters in Energy Engineering with Environmental Management, had the opportunity to meet leading industry professionals at the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) Offshore Wind Week event in November last year. The graduate student spoke during the event held at offshore renewables hub OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, alongside some of the industry’s most respected developers and suppliers.

The four UEA scholars also embarked on a trip to the foundation’s parent company headquarters in Madrid to receive their certificates from the King and Queen of Spain, as well as a visiting ScottishPower’s Cruachan Power Station in Scotland.

Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE project director, ScottishPower Renewables, said: “This funding, which will provide grants for four scholarships, demonstrates our commitment to training a new generation of skilled professionals with the capabilities required to lead the energy industry into the future. East Anglia ONE is the first of four windfarms we are planning to develop off the coast of East Anglia and we are committed to building a skilled local workforce which can access the opportunities this project and our future projects will bring to the region.

Professor Lawrence Coates, head of engineering at UEA, said: “We’re really pleased to be involved with the ScottishPower Foundation’s post-graduate scholarship scheme for another academic year. It is great to see ScottishPower Renewables committing to support the training of our young engineers and environmental scientists so they are equipped to undertake the type of jobs which will be available on projects like East Anglia ONE, as well as others up and down the country. We would urge all students considering a Masters in energy engineering, environmental sciences and any similar disciplines to get in touch as this is a fantastic opportunity to increase your employability.”

Current ScottishPower Foundation scholar Connor Matless, who is originally from Norwich and studying for a Masters in Energy Engineering with Environmental Management at UEA, said: “The kind of real life experience I’m getting from the ScottishPower Foundation is completely different to that of my course mates. The visit to Cruachan power plant in Scotland was so valuable, and made me appreciate the scale of the engineering required to design, build and run a plant like that. It was a real treat to get that behind the scenes view to how it all runs.”

Fellow ScottishPower Foundation scholar Juliet Mills, originally from Newmarket and currently undertaking a Masters in Environmental Science at UEA added: “Being part of the scholarship scheme has enabled me to get real industry insight and meet other scholars on similar courses across the country. It is such a weight off my mind having the course paid for and being provided with living expenses, it means I can just focus on my Masters and getting the best result I can.”

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Foundation Trustee, commented: “We are delighted to be increasing the number of scholarships this year to 28. It is brilliant to see the programme going from strength to strength, as the training of young people interested in energy engineering and the environment is critical to the future success of the energy industry.”

Details on how to apply for the scholarship programme and the admissions form can be found via the links below. Alternatively email admissions@uea.ac.uk or call 01603 591515.

Image: Connor Matliss receiving his certificate from Spain's Queen Letiz

Details on how to apply for the scholarship programme

Find the application form here