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What the IOSH bursary means to our Student Members

Thirty-five applicants have been awarded a combined total of more than £6,000 in the latest round of the IOSH Student Member Bursary.

With a theme of personal and professional development, this time the fund was aimed at IOSH Student Members who needed help towards costs such as books, resources and webinars.

Applications came in from across the globe, including Cyprus, Ireland, Singapore and the UK, taking the total to more than £26,000 shared between 117 Student Members since 2020.

The bursary is part of IOSH’s ongoing commitment to support the next generation of occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals.

Meet three recipients – and find out how the bursary has helped with their studies and careers.

‘I want to become a well-rounded OSH professional’

It was all about timing for SHE Technician Apprentice Lana Wood. The 30-year-old saw an article on the bursary just after a conversation about her development.

“It aligned beautifully,” she said.

“I am thrilled to have been awarded the bursary. I plan to enrol on the IOSH Understanding Human Factors and Behaviours CPD course. My learning journey is very much in its infancy, but thanks to great guidance and support I’m already starting to explore areas of OSH that pique my interest.

“I’ve also identified some books that will aid my studies.

“Having the extra support to pursue areas that I feel will help me become a well-rounded OSH professional, as well as the resources and support from the IOSH community, is going to be invaluable. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this takes me.”

Lana embarked on her OSH career when the Covid-19 pandemic made commuting to her central London job almost impossible. Having the time and breathing space to think about her next move, and with previous roles including aspects of OSH, she knew this was where her passion lay.

Joining IOSH to access resources, training information and support, Lana plans to do as much training as possible to support her growth. On completion of her apprenticeship, she will look at finding her specialist area and progressing to TechIOSH status.

‘I have a thirst for knowledge’

Twenty-two-year-old Will Bond wants to excel in his field, so prioritises his continuing professional development (CPD).

He is spending his bursary money on a fire safety course, to develop his technical ability in line with IOSH’s competency framework.

Will said: “Being awarded the bursary felt very much like an achievement. It took some of the financial weight off my shoulders and gave me a sense of pride, as others believe in what I am striving towards.”

Will chose OSH because of his desire to help people and ensure that everyone leaves work each day safe and healthy. He is working as a QHSE Administrator at CBRE and studying the IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business.

He joined IOSH as a Student Member because the Institution is “respected” and to access information. The CPD programme is his favourite member benefit.

Ambition-wise, Will is on track to progress to TechIOSH membership this year and aims to continue working all the way up to Chartered Fellowship.

“I plan to develop my abilities with CBRE and, in the next 10 years, lead accounts fronting a health and safety bias,” he said.

“This bursary, coupled with my IOSH qualification, has assisted me in taking steps to achieve my goals and provided resources to improve my functionality. I even attained “exceeded expectations” on my end-of-year review, having only been with CBRE for nine months.”

‘I want to equip myself for the work environment’

With graduation not far away, university student Oluwafisayo Olorunnisola applied for the bursary to help fund professional training that would benefit her career and enable her to effect positive change in the workplace.

“I was elated to be awarded the bursary,” she said.

“I have committed the money towards IOSH’s Managing Safely® course and other certificates to help me secure a health and safety adviser role and then quickly progress my career as an OSH professional.”

Now awaiting the final result of her MSc in Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Oluwafisayo is also planning to progress to GradIOSH status as soon as she is able.

With an undergraduate degree from her home country of Nigeria and a master’s under her belt, Oluwafisayo didn’t set out to be an OSH professional. But time spent studying and working in a laboratory setting alerted her to the importance of health and safety.

“Having been pricked by a needle after collecting blood from a patient, I realised the psychological trauma I went through, even though the patient was clear of any infection. And I wasn’t aware of the steps to take to report the accident.

“I really didn’t want that situation to continue, and I needed to learn how to make changes to such situations to make the workplace a healthy environment.”

New to OSH, Oluwafisayo joined IOSH as a Student Member for extra-support, to fast-track her career journey and gain up-to-date industry information.

“IOSH magazine, webinars and other member benefits have exceeded my expectations,” she added.

More about the IOSH Student Member Bursary

The bursary has been supporting Student Members since 2011. It was made possible by the generosity of the late Howard Phillips. IOSH was named as a beneficiary of his will and set up this fund in his memory.

It's open to IOSH Student Members from all walks of life across the globe. Could you benefit from the next round of the bursary? Look out for details later this year.

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