(At least) £3,000 prize money now available in Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015

Heriot-Watt University’s Energy Academy has started a search for the best company executive or worker, researcher and student undertaking energy-related research, R&D, or study in Scotland.

Working in partnership with Scottish Energy News, the Energy Academy has launched a competition called the Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards and will make prizes of £500 available in each of the following categories: –

  • Energy and the environment
  • Energy and the marine environment
  • Energy materials and storage
  • Fossil fuels
  • Energy infrastructure and society
  • Energy entrepreneurship


Fergus Ewing,
Fergus Ewing,

The awards will be hosted at the head office of the UK Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh and prizes will be presented in May 2015 by Fergus Ewing, MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.

This means that the prize money available in this year’s competition will total at least £3,000 – and may be more depending on the number of commercial sponsors that come forward (see below)

Students and young professional energy researchers from all other universities and colleges, as well as from young graduates working in the Scottish energy industry are now invited to enter the inaugural Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015.

The competition was formally launched by Professor Stephen Chapman, Principal of Heriot Watt University, at the University’s first Energy Showcase event where more than 120 energy industry experts gathered to hear about research and partnership opportunities to drive innovation in the sector.

Dr. Patrick McCarthy, from Heriot Watt University’s Energy Academy, said: “To enter, the only requirement is that you have less than 10-years of experience working in energy-related research or R&D, or you are a student enrolled on an under-graduate or post-graduate programme of learning in Scotland.

“To have a chance of success, if you are a student, you will have either an outstanding academic record relative to your peers. If you are a researcher or are working in energy-related R&D you will have made an outstanding contribution to your chosen field of research or energy entrepreneurship.

 “Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated for consideration. How you convince the judges that you are worthy of consideration is up to you. Good luck – and don’t be shy coming forward.”

Candidates should send applications for the Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 by email to:


The deadline for entries is 31 January 2015.


HWU EA showcase 11 Dr. Patrick McCarthy right andFor more information:


Patrick McCarthy at Heriot-Watt on 0131 451 3881 or write to:




Brian Robinson, Director, Energy Storage Scotland CIC, left, with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Energy Academy, Heriot Watt University


Can you support the young Scottish energy pioneers of the year?

Commercial  corporate sponsorship opportunities exist for energy companies to become involved with the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 in the above categories. For full details of these EXCLUSIVE sponsorship packages – including attendance at the Heriot Watt University / Energy Academy awards ceremony and presentation of prizes – contact the Scottish Energy News team at:



Contact Publicity

15 Newton Terrace


G3 7PJ

Tel: 0141 204 2042

Email: info@contactpublicity.co.uk 

Prof Steve Chapman
Prof Steve Chapman


Speaking about the new awards, Professor Stephen Chapman, Principal, Heriot-Watt University, said:  

“The Heriot-Watt University Energy Academy is a pan-university initiative supported by all Schools at our Edinburgh, Orkney and Borders campuses. It has two principal objectives: to consolidate energy research activities and facilitate interdisciplinary programmes, both within the university and with other higher education institutes, and to ensure external parties can easily gain an appreciation of our vision, skills-base and active research projects in energy.”


Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer – Robert M. Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Director of Heriot Watt University’s Energy Academy – said;

“Regardless of the direction of travel in terms of energy policy, most people would agree that it must be clear and consistent so that researchers, investors and developers can make robust decisions that allow future generations to inherit a stable and sustainable energy infrastructure based on effective and affordable technology. 

“Through the Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015, we look forward to bringing together academic research teams and companies that would benefit from new technologies.


HWU SEN awards competition launch Julian Jones, Vice-Principal, Heriot Watt University centre with Prof, Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Energy Academy, and Mark R Whittet, Executive Director, Scottish Energy News








Julian Jones, Vice-Principal, Heriot Watt University (centre) with Prof, Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Energy Academy, and Mark R Whittet, Executive Director, Scottish Energy News

Mark R. Whittet, Executive Director, Scottish Energy News, said: “Having played a leading role in providing the energy sources for the first industrial revolution in the 19th century, Scotland is again prominently placed to play a leading role in the second industrial revolution in the 21st century.

 “As a nation, we have the potential to maximise economic returns from fossil fuel exploration and recovery in the North Sea at the same time as pioneering leading technological innovation in exploiting Scotland’s large wind and wave power resources on a global scale – given the right ambition and encouragement.

“Heriot Watt university – and its Energy Academy experts – are already making a highly positive contribution to this 21st century industrial revolution and we hope that the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 will help to stimulate, accelerate, recognise and reward the brightest brains in the process of energy and engineering innovation for the national – and international – good.”





Pixie Energy

Pixie logo Pixie Energy is an incubator and a facilitator of strategic research and project work, focusing on energy regulation, policy and markets at the local and national level. Find out more about Pixie Energy here.

Local Energy Matters: Scotland

Local Energy Matters: Scotland is a free-to-download brochure with a focus on energy tariffs in the two Scottish electricity distribution regions, as well news on local energy and low-carbon schemes.

Previous editions can be download here.

Scottish energy market overview

You can read an overview of the Scottish energy market here.

Scottish Government energy feed