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CIOB seeks candidates for £3,000 sustainability scholarships

3 November 2015

The CIOB has begun its annual search for candidates to carry out research into sustainability in construction through the Sustainability Scholarship programme.

Open for entry until 18 December, successful candidates will receive a £3,000 grant to research a topic relevant to the sustainability agenda. The scholarship aims to encourage companies to carry out research using one of their own employees, with candidates for the programme nominated by their employer.

Funded in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Constructors and the College of Estate Management the award is open to candidates working for companies based in the UK. 

Dr Gina Al-Talal, scholarships and research manager at the CIOB, said: “Our scholarships are not just about developing an idea or research they are also about developing the scholar. Recognising exceptional talent in this way improves leadership skills, career progression and extends the knowledge base within the industry.

Last year’s scholars were Ed Dixon (left) and Richard Bartlett

“Construction can lead the green agenda and help society meet the demand for greater housing, adaptable working environments and smarter infrastructure without compromising future generations. The industry needs green leaders and that is what we are developing in this programme,” she continued.

Typically the scholarship lasts for a year, when the individual is supported by mentors from the scholarship panel and their own employer. 

At the end of their year the scholar presents their findings to an audience of industry experts, also producing a 8,000-10,000 word report.

The research will then be considered for publication in the CIOB’s journal, Construction, Research and Innovation.

To apply, prospective candidates should email their CV along with a 500-word brief expressing why they wish to become a scholar and their proposed research topic.

Further information and details on how to apply are available here.

Previous winners of the scholarship described the programme as the highlight of their career and a fantastic opportunity.

Edward Dixon, sustainability manager at Mace Group, who carried out his research into how lean management can be used to reduce construction waste, said: “The process was the highlight of my career, a fantastic journey. The connections I have made will open many doors in the future”.

Richard Bartlett sustainability manager at Willmott Dixon, who carried out his research on the influence of sustainability drivers for main contractors with regard to material choices in non-domestic construction, added: “It was a fantastic opportunity to step outside of my day job and genuinely see what needs changing in the industry. In addition, it gave me the platform to share these ideas with other professionals in the industry.”

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