For the 2015-16 academic year, the International Water Security Network has awarded part-funded scholarships to three students studying the MSc in Environmental Management at the University of the West of England.
One of them is Rhys Chellew:
“I became interested in environmental issues from a young age. I graduated with a BSc in Geography and Environmental Management in 2010 and that helped me to have some excellent experiences as a Geography teacher at an international school in Bournemouth, and abroad as an EFL teacher. But when I came back I found I was being passed over for the jobs I found interesting, so I started looking for Masters degrees that looked interesting and developed my skills for the work place.
“I discovered an interest in water management through both my undergraduate degree and conversations with my stepdad, who works for the Environment Agency. It became an easy decision to enrol on the water pathway through the Environmental Management degree. The scholarship from the IWSN has helped me focus on my studies in this time.
“I enjoyed my time as a teacher and I’m thinking about returning to teaching in future, focussing on issues relating to how we engage with our environment. But my mind is being constantly opened to many other professional and academic options.”