ScottishPower Foundation invests in talented Strathclyde students

SP FoundationUniversity of Strathclyde graduates are being given the opportunity to join a scholarship programme that will educate the industry leaders of the future. The ScottishPower Foundation, in partnership with its Spanish equivalent Fundacion IBERDROLA, has announced 17 new post-graduate scholarship grants for the 2014/15 academic year.

The scholarships aim to contribute to the education of young professionals with the capabilities required to lead the energy industry and is part of a £1.65m investment in research & education.

Promotion of excellence in education in the area of energy will focus on the development of renewable energy sources, the enhancement of biodiversity and improving the efficiency of the energy system.

Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said:

“The partnership between the ScottishPower Foundation and Fundacion IBERDROLA helps continue the development of the UK’s future industry leaders at five leading Universities.

“Our announcement further demonstrates our long term investment in skills and education and encourages emerging talent at the highest level.”

Professor Scott MacGregor, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, said:

“Strathclyde’s talented engineering students benefit from our strong collaborations with industry and the news that the ScottishPower Foundation is continuing to invest in their future is a real boost for the Faculty and the University as a whole.

“As a leading international technological university we have an enviable record of delivering highly-skilled graduate engineers who are ready to make an impact on challenges faced by the industry.

“Our highly successful and long-established relationship with the ScottishPower Foundation continues to grow and demonstrates our commitment to delivering research and technology solutions required to support Scotland and the UK meet their ambitious renewable energy targets.”

Grants are available to those who wish to study towards qualifications in energy and environment related studies such as renewable energies, sustainable energy systems, environment and biodiversity, clean coal technologies, emissions management, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles and smart grids. The grants cover full enrolment costs and provide an additional living allowance of £1,200 per month.

Scholarship places are available at Strathclyde and four other UK universities: the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool and Imperial College London.

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