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MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – Student opportunity relaunched as Climate Change Thought Leadership Award

MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – Student opportunity relaunched as Climate Change Thought Leadership Award

An industry award programme for students has been relaunched with a new focus on rewarding innovative approaches and research into climate change solutions.

The Climate Change Thought Leadership Award run by Privilege Finance, specialist funder of climate change reduction projects, is now open to applications from undergraduate, masters, or PhD students at UK universities, until a closing date of 3 September 2021. A £2,000 prize fund has been made available alongside a programme of mentoring.

Stevie Leeks (pictured), from Privilege Finance, explains the award has been renamed following the success of the inaugural event in 2020, and to open the opportunity up to more students.

The award is now open to a wider range of students, whose main research project is focused on a solution which will contribute towards the reduction or reversal of climate change,” she says. “It could be related to renewable energy generation, energy storage technologies or a new method of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Students researching new technologies or innovative applications of existing solutions really are the thought leaders of tomorrow. The purpose of the award is to celebrate the inspiring work these students are undertaking and to demonstrate the opportunities available in industry, which is where their ideas could become a reality and make a real difference,” she says.

There are two £1,000 cash prizes available and the winning students will also have access to mentoring and a tour of an AD facility, meeting the developer, operations team and funders, plus access to a range of industry contacts for a 12-month period.

To apply, visit to download the application form.


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  • Issued by: Natasha Smith, Pinstone Communications Ltd, e: dd: 01568 617624
  • About Privilege Finance
    Privilege Finance is a specialist funder of projects which reduce carbon and mitigate against climate change with over 20 years experience. One million houses are now being powered by green energy, as a result of Privilege funding. The organisation specialises in financial and technical AD/EFW expertise and the promotion of sustainability across the sectors.
    Privilege works in close partnership with clients using an entire ‘project lifecycle’ approach, providing support services that enable smooth project delivery, commissioning and optimisation.In addit
  • ion to project support, Privilege also provides a range of pragmatic, flexible and streamlined finance solutions. The company is based in Cambridge and has experienced sales and delivery teams working across the UK.
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