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Scholarships and Bursaries – Career Support

Roger Ryman, who led St Austell’s brewing team for over two decades, sadly passed away in 2020, aged 52. Since joining the company in 1999, he played a leading role in the company’s growth and success and was responsible for transforming the family brewery’s portfolio of brands – including its three flagship beers, Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev Lager.

Roger’s first original brew when starting at the brewery in 1999 was Daylight Robbery - a short-term seasonal beer to celebrate the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. Due to its phenomenal popularity, it went on to be relaunched as Tribute - the brewery’s first truly national beer and longstanding flagship brand.
Roger was passionate about people and played a huge role in nurturing and developing young talent, both at St Austell and throughout the brewing industry. He held the IBD Master Brewer qualification and was elected a Fellow of the Institute in 2014.

In honour of Roger, and as a mark of his legacy, the St Austell Family Group is offering support for an individual who is starting out on their brewing journey. The Roger Ryman Scholarship would offer sponsorship for Diploma 1 in Brewing (module 1 – materials and wort production).

The successful candidate should hold the necessary criteria required by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, to embark on the Diploma programme.

They will be supported by the brewers at St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales, offered a minimum of two weeks practical experience and given a Mentor throughout their studies.

Ideally, the St Austell Family Group is looking to offer this opportunity to a brewer who cannot be funded by their own company. Applicants must have UK residential status and preferably be based in the South West of England.

More about Roger

Roger led St Austell’s brewing team for over two decades, played a leading role in the company’s growth and success. Since joining the brewery, he was responsible for transforming the family brewery’s portfolio of brands – including its three flagship beers, Tribute Pale Ale, Proper Job IPA and Korev Cornish Lager.

Roger’s first original brew when starting at the brewery in 1999 was Daylight Robbery - a short-term seasonal beer to celebrate the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. Due to its phenomenal popularity, it went on to be relaunched as Tribute - the brewer’s first truly national beer and longstanding flagship brand.

The growing reputation and quality of the beers, since Roger joined St Austell Brewery in 1999, is testimony to his hard work, leadership and passion. He is sorely missed by all who knew him and worked with him.

Before his days at St Austell Brewery, Roger had formerly worked at Maclay & Co in Scotland and Newcastle Breweries. He was twice awarded Brewer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers in 2006 and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group in 2009.

In addition to his role in Cornwall, Roger also oversaw production at Bath Ales’ Hare Brewery – which St Austell acquired in 2016. He oversaw the complex project of building a new state-of-the-art brewery. Hare Brewery, which opened its doors in 2018, is home to some of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced brewing and packaging facilities in the South West, putting Bath Ales on the map.


Interested in applying? 

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About

This scholarship, managed by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), has been made possible through funding by the J and J Morison Education Trust. J and J Morison's Edinburgh brewing company joined forces with Scottish and Newcastle in the 1950s, with the Morison family name living on more recently through Mrs Pamela Morison Inches, who, until her death in 2007, was actively involved in supporting brewing education and research by funding students at various UK universities. Mrs Morison also had personal connections with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, as she held the role of Assistant Secretary at Clarges Street, from 1964 to 1969.

Eligibility

The scholarship will be granted to a current employee in the brewing industry, from any country in the world. The education must be provided by a recognised UK institution (including the IBD) and can be full-time or part-time, residential or by distance learning. Candidates must have the backing of their employer, are expected to be at a relatively early stage of their career and should be able to demonstrate high levels of attainment either academically or through their career achievements to date.

Apply

The application deadline has been extended and should be submitted by the 30th of September for 2021.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae - Maximum 2 pages, no photographs.
  • A motivational letter justifying their eligibility including how the education would benefit their personal development and value to their employer.
  • A supporting letter from their employer, acknowledging their choice of educational package and affirming support for the applicants' studies.
  • What UK-based educational package and resulting qualification they and their employer consider to be the most suitable.

Interested in Applying?

Please download this form, fill it out and send it back to us by email or post. You can find the details at the end of the document. 

 

The Worshipful Company of Distillers Scholarship for the Diploma in Distilling (UK)

About

This scholarship managed by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), has been made possible through funding by The Worshipful Company of Distillers and supports eligible candidates through the qualification with training for the IBD Diploma in Distilling. One scholarship is awarded annually.

The scholarship represents a significant accolade for the awardee, signaling excellence in academic attainment and heralding career success. The awardee will receive funding worth £1500 to contribute towards funding additional experience or education to further their career in the industry.

Eligibility & Criteria for Selection

Funds will be allocated with primary emphasis on the individual although it must also be clear that there will be benefits to the industry. Applicants for this scholarship must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Normally resident in the UK, able to speak English and over the age of 18 years
  2. Achieved the highest aggregate mark for the three modules of the IBD Diploma in Distilling in the year of attaining the Diploma.
  3. Able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the distilled spirits industry and a desire to build a career within it.
  4. Able to demonstrate a reasonable level of inter-personal skills and an aptitude for learning
  5. Willing to be identified as an awardee from the Worshipful Company of Distillers

Deadline for applications

30th November in the year the Diploma is achieved.

Notes

Selectors have the discretion to make awards to very gifted applicants who may excel in knowledge and motivation but need support in the enabling skills such as, but not limited, to communicating.

Candidates of any background, religion or belief, race or racial group, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability are welcome to apply.  We take care to make the application procedure encouraging to those of any background especially those with promise, but from groups who have not sought to apply in the past.


For further information and an application pack please contact jerry.avis@ibd.org.uk 

 

The Worshipful Company of Distillers Bursaries for the Diploma in Distilling (UK)

 About

This bursary, managed by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), has been made possible through funding by The Worshipful Company of Distillers who are supporting less advantaged and promising students from a wide range of backgrounds. The bursary supports eligible candidates through a three-year qualification with training for the IBD Diploma in Distilling. Two are available for 2021.

These bursaries support eligible candidates through a three-year qualification worth over £5,000 each for their qualification and access to the Tutor Guided Learning programme to support the in-depth preparation for the Diploma in Distilling exam. Candidates will benefit from additional opportunities for mentoring and career support from experts from the WCD.

Eligibility & Criteria for Selection

Funds will be allocated with primary emphasis on the individual although it must also be clear that there will be benefits to the industry. Applicants for this bursary must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Normally resident in the UK, able to speak English and over the age of 18 years.
  2. Able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the distilled spirits industry and a desire to build a career within it.
  3. Able to demonstrate a reasonable level of inter-personal skills and an aptitude for learning although selectors have discretion to accept exceptional but less formally trained applicants,
  4. Willing to be identified as an awardee from the Worshipful Company of Distillers
  5. Able to demonstrate educational attainment at a level appropriate to the category of award, course and qualification for which they are being considered.

Deadline for applications

  • 31st October for the following year’s June examinations

Notes

Selectors have the discretion to make awards to very gifted applicants who may excel in knowledge and motivation but need support in the enabling skills such as, but not limited, to communicating.

Candidates of any background, religion or belief, race or racial group, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability are welcome to apply.  We take care to make the application procedure encouraging to those of any background especially those with promise, but from groups who have not sought to apply in the past.


Interested in applying?

Download this form, fill it out and send it back to us by email or post. You will find the details at the end of the full document. 

The Worshipful Company of Distillers Bursaries for the General Certificate in Distilling (UK)

About

This bursary, managed by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), has been made possible through funding by The Worshipful Company of Distillers who are supporting less advantaged and promising students from a wide range of backgrounds. The bursary supports eligible candidates through one year qualification with training for the IBD General Certificate in Distilling. Two are available for 2021.

The awardees will each receive exams and access to Set for Success, expert-led exam preparation sessions, worth over £1,000 for their qualification with mentoring, and career advice from experts in the WCD.

Eligibility & Criteria for Selection

Funds will be allocated with primary emphasis on the individual although it must also be clear that there will be benefits to the industry. Applicants for this bursary must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Normally resident in the UK, able to speak English and over the age of 18 years.
  2. Able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the distilled spirits industry and a desire to build a career within it.
  3. Able to demonstrate a reasonable level of inter-personal skills and an aptitude for learning.
  4. Willing to be identified as an awardee from the Worshipful Company of Distillers
  5. Able to demonstrate educational attainment at a level appropriate to the category of award, course and qualification for which they are being considered, although selectors have the discretion to accept exceptional but less formally trained applicants.

Deadline for applications

  • May 31st for the same year’s November examinations
  • 31st October for the following year’s May examinations

 Notes

Selectors have the discretion to make awards to very gifted applicants who may excel in knowledge and motivation but need support in the enabling skills such as, but not limited, to communicating.

Candidates of any background, religion or belief, race or racial group, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability are welcome to apply.  We take care to make the application procedure encouraging to those of any background especially those with promise, but from groups who have not sought to apply in the past.


Interested in applying?

Download this form, fill it out and send it back to us by email or post. You will find the details at the end of the full document. 

Awards

About

The Cambridge Prize is an annual award open to global brewers and distillers under 35 years of age who have made a significant contribution to brewing, distilling or malting science and technology over the last three years.

Candidates may enter personally, or be sponsored by companies, universities or other related establishments. All applications must be received by 31st December each year.

Please see the Cambridge Prize rules for more information and good luck!

What is the prize?

This award is robustly judged by the IBD Awards Committee and the winner will receive:

  • £500 (GBP)
  • An engraved memento presented at a relevant IDB event
  • An article published in the Journal of Institute of Brewing (JIB)
  • Coverage across the IBD and partners' digital channels

Rules - Download here

Application form - Download here

Presentation

The winner receives the Horace Brown Medal and is invited to give a lecture at an appropriate event (section convention, section meeting, section dinner or other events of suitable relevance) with subsequent publication in the Brewer & Distiller International (BDI) or Journal of the Institute of Brewing (JIB).

Eligibility

This award is open to all members and application is by selection, not submission.

About the Award

The Horace Brown Award commemorates Dr Horace Tabberer Brown, one of the 'founding fathers' of the Institute of Brewing, known for his outstanding contribution to chemical, biological and geological research.

Although largely self-taught, Dr Horace Tabberer Brown FRS (1848-1925) was a true polymath, who left his mark on virtually all areas of science in a career that lasted over 50 years. His work spanned barley germination, beer microbiology, water compositions, oxygen and fermentation, beer haze formation, wort composition and beer analysis. Always seeking new problems to investigate he never specialised as a scientist, being a naturalist, chemist, geologist and biologist in turn.

On Brown's death, the Institute resolved to perpetuate his memory by establishing a medal in his honour. The medal was to be awarded "....for eminent services on the scientific or technical side of the fermentation industries, at intervals of not less than three years, and then only if, in the opinion of the Council, an award is justified....". The award was to be available to any member and the recipient to deliver a lecture on the occasion of the presentation of the medal.

In the years since its inception, the medal has been awarded to 27 individuals. The first recipient, in 1926, had been a personal friend of Brown and his connections with brewing went back almost as far as those of Brown himself. This was the eminent chemist, Professor Henry Edward Armstrong FRS.

At the bequest of Council, the award was reviewed by the IBD Awards Committee in February 2005. There was unanimous support for a more international perspective and the broadening of the scope from eminent scientist to eminent person. The three-yearly timescale was considered too broad and a two-year timescale was recommended but would, however, be deferred in a year if no suitable candidate is found.

  • The Awards Committee will aim to make a recommendation at the December council meeting in the appropriate year.
  • The nominee to be selected will be an eminent person who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the interests of the IBD.
  • The Award is to be presented every three years or deferred if there is not a suitable recipient in a given year.
  • Expenses for the winner to be paid by the IBD.
Presentation/Prize

The winner is given £150 worth of books, with IBD bookplates inside noting the year and name of the winner. The award is presented at the Scottish Section annual dinner.

Eligibility

Awarded to the best third-year student in Brewing & Distilling at ICBD Heriot-Watt.

About the Award

The original legacy was made by Sir William Waters Butler and was bequeathed to the Institute on the death of Lady Butler (17th September 1950).

The Sir William Waters Butler's bequest originally provided for an annual prize to be awarded to an outstanding student at The School of Malting and Brewing, Birmingham University. After the School was closed, the Institute obtained the agreement of the trustees to transfer the award to the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

The Sir William Waters Butler's Award provides for an annual prize to be awarded to the outstanding/best student of the year at ICBD. The prize takes the form of books, which are selected by the recipient and awarded by the Institute on behalf of the Trustees of the Bequest. The prize winner is presented with their books (complete with bookplates) at the Scottish Section Annual Dinner, where the winner is a guest.

The parameters of the award are that the 'outstanding/best' student is the student with the best all-round marks in the third year.

Examination Prizes

Worshipful Company of Brewers Award

Presentation/Prize

The annual award consists of a cheque for £500 from the Worshipful Company of Brewers. In addition, they will receive an engraved tankard to be presented at a Worshipful Company of Brewers or IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is restricted to members (individual or company) of the Worshipful Company of Brewers and given to the candidate with the highest marks in the General Certificate in Brewing, based on the examination results of the sitting calendar year.

The Scotch Whisky Association Award

Presentation/Prize

The annual award consists of a cheque for £600 from the Worshipful Company of Distillers. In addition, they will receive a certificate to be presented at an IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is given to the candidate with the highest marks in the General Certificate in Distilling, based on the examination results of the sitting calendar year.

The Worshipful Company of Brewers Award

Presentation/Prize

The annual award consists of a cheque for £500 from the Worshipful Company of Brewers. In addition, they will receive an engraved tankard to be presented at a Worshipful Company of Brewers or IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is restricted to members (individual or company) of the Worshipful Company of Brewers and given to the candidate with the highest marks in the General Certificate in Packaging, based on the examination results of the sitting calendar year.

Module 1 - Crisp Malting Award

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £500. The award is presented at an IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is open to all candidates sitting the Diploma in Brewing Module 1. It is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

Module 3 - Brewing Engineers Association Engineering Award

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £500. The award is presented at an IBD function. In addition, the Brewing Engineers Association (BEA) kindly fund the winner's attendance at a BEA dinner plus overnight accommodation.

Eligibility

This award is open to all candidates sitting the Diploma in Brewing Module 3. It is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

The J S Ford Award

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £1000 and an engraved tankard. The award is presented at an IBD function. If based outside the UK, the winner receives three days' subsistence and accommodation for three nights. However, candidates organise and pay for their own travel or request their company do so.

Eligibility

Awarded to the highest distinction of Diploma in Brewing. This award is open to all Diploma in Brewing candidates. It is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

About the Award

In 1945, Mrs John S Ford endowed a memorial to her late husband who had died the previous year. Her wish was that the memorial should be of a nature to encourage young brewers, and it was agreed that it should take the form of a monetary prize or prizes in perpetuity for the best student of the year passing Part I of the Institute's examinations. This benefaction was increased at a later date and the awards finally took the form of travelling studentships or financial help towards the payment of tuition fees. It was also recommended that only candidates of British nationality who had passed Part I of the Institute's examinations should be eligible for the awards and that trustees should be appointed to administer the fund. This recommendation was changed and opened to all candidates in 1969. The Council approved these recommendations and a trust deed was duly executed.

John Simpson Ford had served as Chairman of the Research Fund Committee from 1924-1926, and the successful evolution of the Institute's research activities during the early years of its existence owed much to his foresight, guidance and practical help. Born in 1866, Ford entered the brewing industry in 1889 when he was appointed chemist to Wm. Younger & Co. Ltd., Edinburgh. He became a Director of the Company in 1921. He was a member of the Institute and a valued contributor to its Journal for many years, serving as Chairman of the Scottish Section in 1908-09.

Module 1 - Simpsons Malt Award

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £500 and an appropriate memento donated and organised by Simpsons Malt. The award is presented at an IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is open to all candidates sitting the Diploma in Distilling Module 1 (preparation of fermentable extract) and it is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

Module 3 - Briggs of Burton

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £500, plus an engraved Quaich. The award is presented at an IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is open to all candidates sitting the Diploma in Distilling Module 3. It is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

Module 2 - Micro Matic Award

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £500. The award is presented at an IBD function.

Eligibility

This award is open to all candidates sitting Diploma in Packaging Module 2 and is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

Module 3 - Brewing Engineers Association Packaging Award

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £500. The award is presented at an IBD function. In addition, the Brewing Engineers Association (BEA) kindly fund the winner's attendance at a BEA dinner plus overnight accommodation.

Eligibility

This award is open to all candidates sitting the Diploma in Packaging Module 3 and is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

Presentation/Prize

The award consists of a cheque for £1000. The award is presented at an IBD function. It is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

Eligibility

Awarded to the candidate with highest overall marks completing all 5 modules of the Master Brewer examinations. It is awarded to the best candidate based on examination results.

About the Award

A trust was established in 1985 by the University of Birmingham, the aims of which are to invest the donations received to provide income for the James S Hough Prize. The J S Hough is awarded by the University of Birmingham, on the recommendation of the IBD Board of Examiners, for the Master Brewer (formerly the Diploma) examinations for the most outstanding performance. The residual income is to be used to promote the academic, or applied interests, of the past and present students of the British School of Malting and Brewing at the University of Birmingham.