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ScottishPower Foundation 2015 Education Projects

The Advancement of Education

ScottishPower Foundation Scholarships

The Scholarship Programme for Masters Studies in Energy and Environment aims to help develop industry leaders of the future, and addresses the need for a highly skilled workforce in the energy industry.

Funding covers full enrolment costs and a monthly living allowance for students, who can choose courses in renewable energies, sustainable energy systems, environment, clean coal technologies, emissions management, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles and smart grids.

Scholarships are for academic year 2015-16, and are available for courses at the following universities: University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, University of Strathclyde and Imperial College of London.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is the largest network of tourist Youth Hostels in Scotland, offering over 70 locations across the country.

Funding will build upon a project funded by the ScottishPower Foundation in 2013 and 2014, Life and Employability Skills through Outdoor Learning, at Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel.  The project will expand from 6 to 8 schools, increasing geographic reach, and will enable pupils to take part in a two-day residential course and experience a range of practical outdoor learning opportunities. These will incorporate problem-solving and collaborative working experiences that are linked to curriculum areas such as mathematics and social subjects which will open a world of possibilities to them within future growth industries such as renewable energy.

Children’s University Scotland

Children’s University aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours to children aged 7 to 14.  Although open to all, Children’s University aims to reach children and young people facing socio-economic and educational disadvantage through the targeting of grants to, and the promotion of activities in, areas of deprivation.

An independent Children’s University Scotland was successfully established as a direct result of the ScottishPower Foundation’s support in 2013. Funding will continue to focus on the operational development of Children’s University Scotland, taking a significant step towards its goal of being in 80% of Scottish local authorities by 2019/20.

Heriot-Watt University

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research.

Funding will enable Heriot-Watt to provide 24 bursaries for innovators, entrepreneurs and early-career applied researchers from all over the UK to attend the one-day “Energy Finance for Growth” workshop at Imperial College London on 6 January 2015, followed by a three month mentoring programme.  The bursaries are open to all, however part of the objective is to achieve gender balance at the workshop, with previous programmes having a 6:1 male to female ratio.

Newlands Junior College

Newlands Junior College aims to offer an innovative and inspiring alternative approach to education to 14 to 16 year olds who have potential but are at risk of disengaging.

The college is being established in a former office building in Glasgow - fitted out to a very high standard with excellent ICT facilities - and represents a productive partnership between private and public sectors for the benefit of young people facing long-term exclusion.  Learning in a workplace environment is seen as an important part of the experience, designed to make young people feel valued.  Students will receive scholarships to ensure that all aspects of the experience are free of charge, and all courses will lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Funding from the Foundation will fulfil a very important role in the overall scheme, helping to finance the college provision.

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