Sofia establishes new scholarship at Teesside University

New scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled on either the MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems or the MSc Sustainable Energy and Clean Technology at Teesside University. This is delivered as part of Sofia and Teesside University's commitments to one another, under our shared Memorandum of Understanding.

  • 14 December 2023

Teesside University announces RWE Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Scholarship

Scholarship comprises of a £5000 bursary and one year's membership of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

Sofia is delighted to share that it is offering a scholarship to master's students at Teesside University. Applications are now open to students enrolled on either the MSc Electrical Power and Energy Systems or the MSc Sustainable Energy and Clean Technology at Teesside University.

These courses have been selected by the Sofia team and Teesside University as they are the most relevant for the future of the offshore wind industry.

RWE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TU in 2020 and the two organisations have worked in partnership since then. Under its terms, both organisations have committed to creating opportunities to support students and promote the attractiveness of the offshore wind sector as an employment option.

This is designed to develop a future pipeline of workers, to design, build, operate and maintain the wind farms of the future.

The scholarship has been advertised to students and applications will be reviewed in early 2024.

Dr Gari Harris, Director of the Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre, said: “We are delighted to work with Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, based right on our doorstep, to deliver this scholarship.

“Not only will it support a successful scholar in achieving their own ambitions; it will also contribute to the achievement of global net zero ambitions by further developing the pipeline of talented sustainable energy experts.”

Matthew Swanwick, Project Director at Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, said: “We are delighted to announce this scholarship in partnership with Teesside University.

“RWE recognises the value of postgraduate study but also understands that the cost of taking that extra step in a person’s education can be an obstacle. We hope that this scholarship will go some way to supporting the chosen student with their studies.

“The scholarship has been delivered in line with the Memorandum of Understanding between Teesside University and the Sofia project. We remain committed to this partnership and look forward to future collaborations with the University.”

Full information about the course is available on the Teesside University website here.