Cranfield University and leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP have launched a Third Sector Bursary Image: Cranfield University

New bursary for employees working within charities and not-for-profit organisations

Cranfield University with business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP have launched a Third Sector Bursary. It is aimed at enabling workers to more easily access Cranfield’s Executive MBA course.

From January, up to five £9,000 bursaries per cohort will be allocated to eligible applicants.

Cranfield School of Management was the first UK business school to accept students via the apprenticeship levy

Professor Daniel Prior, director of the Cranfield Executive MBA, said:

“We know from our work with industry that there is strong interest among third sector organisations to develop the leadership and management potential of their employees,

“We hope that this new bursary will help remove barriers they may face in accessing the same world-class education available to commercial organisations.”

Cranfield School of Management was the first UK business school to accept students onto an Executive MBA programme (EMBA) via the apprenticeship levy. In March 2017, Grant Thornton partnered with Cranfield to develop and deliver their EMBA programme.

Carol Rudge, Global Head of Not-for-Profit, Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:

“We know that leaders in the public, private and third sectors recognise the critical need to develop their people to ensure sustainable long-term results. But we also know that not every organisation has the financial means to do so.

“We believe though that everyone should have the opportunity to access world-class business management education and are therefore delighted to introduce this scholarship to help not for profit organisations prepare their leadership for the future.”

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Open for new applications from January 2019

The Cranfield and Grant Thornton Third Sector Bursary will be open to new applications from January 2019. Up to five £9,000 bursaries will be awarded per cohort (c. 60 participants) to sponsored employees of eligible organisations.

The funding will match the portion of the course cost not already eligible to be covered by individual employers’ apprenticeship levy funds.

Applicants through the bursary fund will follow the same application process as other EMBA applicants. The final decision on awards being made in advance of commencement.

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