March 31 deadline for Exceptional Contribution Award applications If you are in the process or plan to do an exceptional piece of research to benefit society then the Exceptional Contribution Award could be for you. The ideal applicant is likely to be involved in, but not limited to, the fields of medical, scientific or engineering advancement. If you want to be considered for this award, make sure you get in touch with the Trust using the Contact Form on the website giving a brief description of your project and contact details. Jane, the Trust Administrator, will contact you to discuss your project in more detail and advise on the next steps of the application process. Case study – Thomas O’Shea – Exceptional Contribution Award Thomas was aware of the Exceptional Contribution Award as an alumnus of EWS Educational Trust. He had previously received funding from the Trust towards his MSc in Geophysics from University College London in 2011. His relative connection to the rail freight industry is through Jonathan O’Shea who has previously worked for DB Shenker Cargo as a Technical Safety Supervisor. Thomas is undertaking his PhD research in Complex Geographic Systems Analysis at the University of Bristol, with Cambridge and Vrije University Amsterdam, supporting in an advisory capacity. His research is an inter-disciplinary project working closely across the departments of Geography and Engineering. Thomas’s research is in response to the large-scale flooding that took place in the north of England in December 2015, and the national capability, or lack thereof, in deploying effective flood incident management during such events. Incidents of flooding are viewed as the hazard to which the United Kingdom is most ‘at risk’ of being subjected to in the future. In summary, the intention of Thomas’s research is to develop a new type of scientific model with a view to providing a freely available tool for improved understanding and identification of the ways in which human behaviour determines the outcome of natural disasters, and vice-versa, in a simple; yet accurate format. As well as receiving funding from the Trust, Thomas also received a one-off stipend with the European Space Agency for early stage research ideas at the beginning of his time in Bristol. Having started his PhD in 2017, it will take Thomas 4 years to complete his project. It is only through the support of the Trust that he is able to undertake this significant piece of research, stating that, “Currently, there is very little to no funding available for science and academia at large, due to consistent financial cuts to these sectors, therefore funding from the educational trust takes on an essential role in promoting my own and other’s exceptional developments at the very forefront of scientific research.” Thomas has further stated that, “Ultimately, without the Trust’s generous support there is no way my research could happen. I hope that there will be a point at which they will see the product of their essential support and understand the huge benefits it will have for people across the world.” New face at the Trust After the retirement of Marion Esfandiari last year, Jane Mason started with the Trust in March 2017 and has enjoyed learning about the Trust and the grants that it offers. Jane has worked in Universities and across the Skills and Learning sector for many years so if you’ve any questions about the Trust or you’re keen to look at the possibility of future funding with the Trust then please do not hesitate to contact Jane. You can contact Jane through the Trust website or by email at Don’t Forget about another Award the Trust offers Special Access Funding The Trust’s special access grant is for people who face barriers to achieving their educational, sporting or artistic potential due to a physical disability, special educational need or other challenging circumstances. If you or a close family member with a condition such as but not limited to, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, or a physical disability, who may need extra support and funding please find out more about how we may be able to help. What do you really think of the support provided by EWS Educational Trust? Over the next couple of months we’ll be sending out a survey to those individuals in the final year of receiving an award from the Trust. We know how busy you all are, but we’d really appreciate 10 minutes of your time to provide feedback on the award that you’ve received. Our aim is to make the process of applying as straightforward as possible so would welcome your constructive feedback. Grant Application Closing Dates Exceptional Contribution Award Applications can be made at any time. If you want the application to be considered at the next grant committee the deadline is 31 March 2018. Sporting and Artistic Funding Applications can be made at any time. If you want the application to be considered at the next grant committee the deadline is 31 March 2018. Special Access Funding Applications can be made at any time. If you want the application to be considered at the next grant committee the deadline is 31 March 2018. Educational Applications For courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 the deadline is 31 August 2018. If you have already started studying and haven’t made an application yet, then apply before 31 March 2018 and we’ll take the current academic year into consideration.