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Renewable energy studentship forged by new industry-university links

Leading renewable electricity supplier Good Energy and Birkbeck have launched a new PhD studentship

Leading renewable electricity supplier Good Energy and Birkbeck have today launched a pioneering new PhD studentship on renewable energy.

At a time when energy bills are hardly out of the headlines and renewable energy is a hot topic for industry, consumers and government alike, the student awarded the funding will assess what would happen if we didn’t invest in renewable energy technology, given the rising global energy demand.

The fully-funded four-year studentship offers an exceptional candidate the opportunity to draw on expertise from industry and study in central London at Birkbeck – one of the top 200 universities in the world.


The research project is a result of long-standing close links between Good Energy – the UK’s leading 100 per cent renewable electricity supplier – and academics at Birkbeck. Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO and founder of Good Energy, studied an MSc in Economics at Birkbeck (1992-1994), and is pleased to be supporting this joint undertaking with researchers at her alma mater.

Davenport said: “We’re hugely excited to be working with Birkbeck in supporting this studentship. Good Energy strives to lead the way in thinking around the energy challenges we face, both now and in the future. In looking at those challenges in a new way, we hope that we will all be better placed to provide the solutions needed to meet them.”

Professor David Latchman CBE, Master of Birkbeck, said: “I am delighted about the Good Energy PhD studentship. This provides a brilliant opportunity for an exceptional student to investigate this important area at a time when postgraduate funding is in very short supply. We are extremely grateful to Juliet and Good Energy for their support.”

Good Energy is funding the studentship, which covers the cost of tuition fees for Home/EU students, provides a maintenance grant of £15,784 per year for four years, and includes support for research costs, fieldwork and attending conferences. The award is the first fully-funded PhD studentship provided by a company for studies at Birkbeck’s School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy.

Application details

Applicants should hold a good first degree (at least an Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent) and preferably an MA or MSc in a relevant subject.

The closing date for applications is Friday 1 March 2013 with interviews expected to take place in early April. The studentship will commence in October 2013.

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