Peterborough residents win DNA bursary scheme to study for a Master’s degree in Sustainability

Feb 6, 2015 | Smart cit­ies

Robin Eagle and Clare Foster are the two Peter­bor­ough cit­izens who have been awar­ded bursar­ies to study a Master’s degree in Sus­tain­ab­il­ity and con­trib­ute to devel­op­ing Peter­bor­ough as a future city.

As part of the Peter­bor­ough DNA pro­gram­me the bursary will help ensure the city has the right skills to take advant­age of emer­ging green mar­kets.

The MSc in Sus­tain­ab­il­ity: Work­ing for Pos­it­ive Change has been developed in part­ner­ship with Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity, the Eden Pro­ject and Change Agents UK. The course will enable stu­dents to use their skills to feed back into the DNA pro­gram­me and con­trib­ute towards build­ing a more sus­tain­able city.

The bursary scheme is a key part of Peter­bor­ough DNA, says Steve Bow­yer DNA Pro­gram­me Dir­ect­or and Act­ing Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, “Devel­op­ing these kinds of loc­al skills is vital to build­ing a city that can meet the chal­lenges and oppor­tun­it­ies of the future. It also plays a role in devel­op­ing the loc­al uni­ver­sity offer in the city and we have worked closely with Uni­ver­sity Centre Peter­bor­ough to include a num­ber of social net­works and events at UCP.”

Robin Eagle, one of the two stu­dents who is being fun­ded said: “I couldn’t be more grate­ful for the oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough DNA has provided me with. For some years I had been seek­ing to start a career in sus­tain­ab­il­ity and con­ser­va­tion, but had always lacked the exper­i­ence neces­sary to secure an intern­ship or job. The mas­ters with Anglia Ruskin will give me the know­ledge and skills needed to take the next step and make a dif­fer­ence.”

This year’s course runs for a peri­od of 12 months until Septem­ber 2015.

Robin and Clare will receive full fund­ing for the dis­tance-learn­ing course in the MSc Sus­tain­ab­il­ity: Work­ing for Pos­it­ive Change (www.mscsustainability.org). The bursary will cov­er course fees and con­trib­ute towards liv­ing expenses.