The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Trustees have announced that the organisation will once again be running its Transport MSc Bursary programme for the academic year 2024-5.
The Trustees are hoping to encourage more applications to study for a transport related MSc – both from people who are new to the transport sector and people currently employed in the sector who may wish to add to their professional skills or knowledge.
Bursaries are available for a wide range of transport related topics and are aimed at students who would not be able to afford to study without the Bursary. There will be up to eight bursaries of £10,000 each awarded for the academic year starting 2024-25. The Bursaries are released in stage payments over the period of study.
The Fund is looking to provide financial support for people with a strong commitment to developing a new career or further developing their existing career centred in the Transport Sector in the UK, who would not normally be able to undertake the course due to financial circumstance. Applications are welcome from students of any age and background, including applicants who are mid-career. Bursaries are available for both full and part time studies and are intended to cover course fees.
People interested in studying for a transport related MSc should initially speak to one of the 13 universities who run transport related MSc programmes. They are listed here.
All enquiries from potential students should be made via the university, rather than students contacting Rees Jeffreys Road Fund directly. The deadline for universities to apply for a Bursary on behalf of students is 10am Friday 28th June 2024.
Chair of the Trustees Ginny Clarke said, “As Trustees of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund we believe roads really matter to all of us, whether we’re making journeys as drivers, passengers, pedestrians or cyclists. The professionalism, knowledge and expertise of those working in the highways sector is therefore vital to ensure that roads work well for everyone.
“We are keen to continue the life work of our founder William Rees Jeffreys by supporting today’s highways professionals to have access to high quality professional education, by funding once again the MSc bursary scheme and look forward to hearing how this supports people to progress their careers.”
Georgia Turner (pictured), who received a bursary in 2021 to study for an MSc in Road Management and Engineering at the University of Birmingham part-time over two years, said, “This qualification gives me the pride and certainty to say I am an engineer. In my first year I started gaining confidence thus applied for a senior engineer position within my workplace, in a different area of highways. The move from planned maintenance into project engineering, specialising in designing and implementing SuDS was inspired by the new design and decision-making skills I was taught in my studies.” She went on to say, “I have sincerest gratitude to Rees Jeffreys Road Fund for facilitating my MSc which is set to propel my career.”
Further case studies are available on the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund website www.reesjeffreys.co.uk/case-studies
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