Leicester to award prestigious scholarships

Our University has been awarded five new scholarships to allow students to pursue a Master’s course wherever they are in the world.

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (pictured), Lecturer in Risk Management from the School of Management who won the scholarships for the University, is herself a scholarship recipient and has testified to its life-changing opportunity.

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships have been awarded to the University by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC).  The scholarships are to pursue the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (RCDM) by Distance Learning at the Civil Safety and Security Unit.

Dr Ray-Bennett said: “I am thrilled to win the bid from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK. Commonwealth Scholarships are very special because they give opportunities to meritorious individuals from the Commonwealth nations. Scholars are able to read our MSc in RCDM without leaving their home country which maximises their potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire from Leicester.

“The Scholarships also allow removing the financial barrier individuals from Commonwealth nations often face when applying to our MSc in RCDM. This will offer a new beginning for winners of the scholarships. Hailing from a rural area of North Bengal, I have benefitted from such scholarships and fellowships from the Government of India and from the Ford Foundation for my entire higher education. They changed my life and I am certain that these Scholarships will change theirs too.”