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MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – Student sponsorship programme deadline approaches

MEMBER PRESS RELEASE – Student sponsorship programme deadline approaches

The deadline for applying to the Climate Change Thought Leadership Award for students is fast approaching, with entries closing on Friday 24 September 2021.

The award, which is organised by Privilege Finance, is open to undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students. The winning candidates will secure a £1,000 prize, a mentoring opportunity which includes a tour of an anaerobic digestion plant and 12-month’s access to Privilege Finance’s contacts to bolster the students’ networking prospects.

The successful candidates will have completed a dissertation or research project on either climate change or carbon reduction solutions.

Stevie Leeks, marketing manager and award sponsor at Privilege Finance, explains the reasoning behind the award:

We want to encourage graduates to consider a career in the low carbon and renewable energy sector and promote the full range of career opportunities available to them.

“Climate change is a hot topic at the moment and with COP26 on the horizon, the student’s research couldn’t be any more time appropriate.

“These are the people who will shape our industry in years to come and we need to support them through the primary stages of their career by offering them some invaluable mentoring, access to beneficial networking opportunities and a healthy cash prize.”

Details on the award and how to apply can be found at


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Issued by: Natasha Smith, Pinstone Communications Ltd, e: dd: 01568 617624

About Privilege Finance
Privilege Finance is a specialist funder with over 20 years’ experience in financing projects which reduce carbon and mitigate against climate change.

One million UK houses are now being powered by green energy, as a result of over £600m of funding provided by Privilege.

In addition to the provision of funding solutions and expertise, Privilege develops, owns and operates renewable energy plants, and has an experienced sales and technical delivery teams working across the UK.

Based in Cambridge, Privilege works in close partnership with clients using an entire ‘project lifecycle’ approach, providing support services that enable smooth project delivery, commissioning, and optimisation.

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