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“Student Bursary has helped me learn to the best of my ability”

The IOSH Student Member Bursary is now open for another round of applications.

Last year, 82 recipients from across the globe received a combined total of almost £20,000 from the bursary. These included Environmental Health undergraduate Julia Wheeler, who needed a dedicated home study space when her university lectures moved online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Understanding the occupational safety and health (OSH) implications of having a suitable workstation, she wanted to buy a desk and chair so she could sit comfortably while having all her resources at hand.

Julia, who is in her final-year at Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: “I was very grateful when I heard I was successful.

“I would not necessarily have been able to afford the desk and chair myself. I am a single parent of two and the pandemic brought increased financial expenditures.

“Before buying the desk and chair, I would suffer back pain and neck discomfort. Not only has the purchase benefited my health but it has allowed me to remain organised – something I feel is necessary to reduce stress and anxiety.

“Having my own home study area has allowed me to continue learning to my best ability.”

This year it could be you receiving an award of up to £250 from the IOSH Student Member Bursary.

Launched in 2011, it was made possible by the generosity of the late Howard Phillips. IOSH was named as a beneficiary of his will and decided to set up a fund in his memory, with the aim of supporting Student Members while they complete their IOSH-accredited qualifications.

Julieann McClure is among previous recipients. She bought books and other items for her Environmental Health course at Ulster University.

“It will look very impressive to future employers that I have been awarded a bursary from IOSH,” she said. “It illustrates my love and passion for a job in the OSH profession and shows I am willing to go the extra mile to demonstrate this.”

Another successful applicant, Tsang Chiu Wong Tony, wanted to develop his professional OSH knowledge while studying Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. “The bursary is a driving force that encourages me and gives me the opportunity to develop in this field,” he said.

The fund is open to those studying an IOSH-accredited university course, a SHE Technician Apprenticeship, or our e-learning Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business.

While the scope of the 2020 awards was widened due to the pandemic, this year’s fund is aimed at those looking to boost their professional development and who need help towards costs such as books, resources and webinars.

IOSH encourages eligible Student Members from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world to apply by the deadline of 05 November 16:00 GMT.

Read more about the IOSH Student Member Bursary and Student Membership.


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