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ScottishPower Renewables to fund four UEA scholarships

ScottishPower Renewables, the developer behind the East Anglia ONE windfarm off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, has announced that it will fund four scholarship places at UEA for postgraduates keen to continue their studies in energy engineering and environmental studies.

UEA will take its place alongside six other well respected UK universities in this innovative ScottishPower Foundation’s scholarship programme. The Foundation has already announced 14 new postgraduate energy and environment scholarship grants in the UK for the 2016/17 academic year and these grants will be available at the seven universities, including on relevant courses at UEA. The funding from ScottishPower Renewables as part of the programme will provide a further four places, which are only open to students wishing to study at UEA.

The scholarship places at UEA will be looking to support postgraduates keen to study courses including: MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management, MEng Energy Engineering with Environmental Management (integrated masters), MEng Energy Engineering (integrated masters), MEng Engineering (integrated masters) and MSc Environmental Sciences.

Applications for the forthcoming academic year opened on 17 February 2016, and will close on Tuesday 29 March 2016.

Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables’ project director of East Anglia ONE said: “This investment in the ScottishPower Foundation’s scholarship programme is part of our strategy to support the education of young professionals with the capabilities and vision to lead the energy industry into the future.

“East Anglia ONE is the first of four windfarms we’re planning to develop off the East coast and this scholarship programme perfectly demonstrates our long term commitment to East Anglia and its economic prosperity as the region offering the best opportunity for offshore wind in the UK.”

Professor Lawrence Coates, Head of Engineering at the University of East Anglia, said: “We’re delighted to become part of the ScottishPower Foundation’s postgraduate scholarship programme. It’s fantastic to see such investment and commitment from within the energy industry in training the next generation to understand our ever changing and increasingly challenging environment.

“Whilst the Energy Engineering and Environmental Sciences are recommended courses for those considering applying for the scholarships, we would urge graduates planning to further their studies in other complementary disciplines to also apply.

“Committing to undertake a Masters is a significant decision and scholarships such as those announced today will make a very real difference to the four lucky recipients.”

Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to supporting the advancement of people across the UK and our partnership with Fundación IBERDROLA strongly supports the development of our future industry leaders. In the last six years, the scholarship programme has offered 72 students the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to build a career in the energy industry, at some of the world’s best institutions in the UK, and we are delighted to be opening the initiative for another year.”

Since its launch in 2010, the scheme has provided over £2.5 million in grants towards training the next generation to the highest of standards in their chosen field. Scholarships are open to degree-holders and graduates, with successful applicants receiving grants to cover full enrolment costs, as well as a generous living allowance.  

Scholarship places are available at seven of the UK’s most respected universities including the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, University of Strathclyde, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and now also at the University of East Anglia. Two places will also be offered to students wishing to study at selected Spanish universities.

More details on the UK scholarship programme can be found at: www.scottishpowerfoundation.com

To find out more about applying for one of these scholarship places at UEA  email: admissions@uea.ac.uk, or call 01603 591515.