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The Royal Warrant Holders Association Scholarship for the MSt in Sustainability Leadership opens for applications

last modified Nov 05, 2020 04:19 PM
05 November 2020 – The Royal Warrant Holders Association opens the call for new applications.

Royal warrant holders assocDue to the generosity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA), scholarships are available for deserving British and/or Commonwealth nationals to attend the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. Sustainability is a key pillar for every Royal Warrant holding company and the scholarships are intended to support ‘game changing’ leaders of tomorrow who will drive more sustainable corporate behaviour where they work and beyond.

The value of scholarships awarded will be between 25–100% of the Combined Graduate Fee. Funding is currently available for the equivalent of one fully funded place, hence between one and four scholarships may be awarded.

To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must apply to the Master’s through the standard admissions process and a separate scholarship application letter by 1 February 2021. (Please note that this closing date is earlier than for Master’s applicants who do not wish to be considered for this scholarship.)

Last year’s Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) Sustainability Leadership Scholar, Jake Smith, is undertaking the part-time Master’s at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Jake Smith

JakeSmith“Being awarded the scholarship has meant a lot to me and I would like to extend my appreciation to the Royal Warrant Holders Association for their generosity in affording me the opportunity. My intent is to continue to translate the skills, knowledge and experience gained from the course back into my career to positively affect change.”

Jake currently works in the Civil Service where he provides advice to Ministers on high value government programmes to achieve effective commercial outcomes. Jake is passionate about tackling social, economic and environmental inequities and sees opportunities for public-private partnerships, data insights and collaboration to drive improved outcomes in light of adverse system pressures and trends. Jake previously conducted the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and studied Management & Geography at Loughborough University.

“Developing sustainability skills and knowledge is a priority I have had for the past 5 years, as it involves systems thinking to tackle complex problems which the course emphasises. The opportunity to connect with a diverse cohort is a rewarding experience given the range of insights, backgrounds and lived experiences. The course faculty has responded well to Covid-19 challenges, offering online workshops and flexibility in the course structure. The range and calibre of speakers throughout delivery of the course is phenomenal.”

The first two RWHA Sustainability Leadership scholars, awarded in 2019, were Ruth Blackshaw and Stephanie Hyde.

Ruth Blackshaw

Ruth BlackshawRuth currently works in the UNAIDS Executive Office where she provides strategic support to the Chief of Staff and Executive Director. Ruth is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the role of business in reaching the SDGs and young people’s capacity to drive change. She has been working for UNAIDS for six years on policymaking and strategy development at the intersection of global health and sustainable development, including two years in New York contributing to the inter-governmental negotiations that led to the SDGs. In 2016, Ruth initiated Young UN: Agents for Change – now a 850+ member strong global network working towards a shared vision of a UN that fully embodies the principles it stands for. Ruth previously worked at the European Commission (DG DEVCO) in Brussels and studied Geography at the University of Cambridge.

Stephanie Hyde

Stephanie HydeStephanie has over 10 years of experience working in sustainability. She has specific expertise in regulatory compliance, waste management and environmental management systems. Following an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management from Keele University, she started her early career as a lobbyist, representing British industry views on recycling policy at national and EU level. She was instrumental in developing a collection network and compliance regime for waste batteries in England and Wales, together with successfully achieving significant amendments to other waste related regulation such as the WEEE Directive. Subsequent to this, Stephanie worked on a number of collaborative, grass-roots recycling projects for a range of sectors from higher education to food service businesses, providing consultancy and project management support. For the last 4 years, Stephanie has focused her career in environmental management systems, firstly working with a new start up in waste software, and now working for UL in the capacity of Product Specialist for their environment, health and safety software division.

Further information regarding the eligibility criteria and applications process can be found here, or learn more about CISL's graduate courses.

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