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Top national scholarship for PhD student


A PhD student from the University of Wolverhampton has beaten off tough competition to be awarded a prestigious national scholarship.

Alex Blower is one of only seven students nationally to have been selected from more than 200 applicants for the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship.

The scholarship is a two-year programme for doctoral students studying at universities in the UK, designed to fit around their studies. It enables students from any discipline to develop skills in communication and public engagement.

The 30-year-old from Burntwood will receive mentoring, networking opportunities, training in communication and public engagement skills and a personal development grant of up to £300.

He will also attend two conferences per year organised by Cumberland Lodge and submit blogs and articles on his experiences.

Alex, who is studying for a PhD in Education at the University, said:  “I feel very privileged to have been selected for the scholarship. Cumberland Lodge is a fantastic charity that offers a safe place for people from a range of different backgrounds to discuss ways in which we can work towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.

“I am particularly looking forward to engaging with academics from a range of different disciplines in debates on a range of social and ethical issues.”

Seven Cumberland Lodge scholarships are available each year. This year’s successful scholars will join the Lodge from September 2018 to September 2020.

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Date Issued: Monday, 02 July 2018

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