RGU receives donation from TelosNRG to widen access to study

Wednesday 16 June 2021

16June21 Nicol Shepherd
Robert Gordon University (RGU) has received a donation from TelosNRG, a fast-growing project management services consultancy founded by alumnus Nicol Shepherd, which will allow students from underrepresented backgrounds to study at the university.

The TelosNRG Scholarship will help widen access to higher education by providing financial support to a postgraduate student studying either MSc Business Management or MSc Energy Management. As well as the full scholarship fees, the company are also offering the Telos NRG Postgraduate Student Prize which will reward academic merit and achievement.

Managing Director of TelosNRG Nicol Shepherd, who graduated from RGU in 1997, founded TelosNRG in 2017 to help create a sustainable future for the energy industry and wants to give something back to the university.

He said: “Recognising RGU for its leading role in renewable and sustainability energy research and teaching was key to our sponsorship decision. As a company, we are also keen to give a helping hand to a deserving student and by working with RGU we believe we have found a formula that services both objectives.

“In doing so, we are grateful for the strong support we have received from RGU academics and administrators in making our ambition a reality. I am also very pleased to announce that Telos has created an annual cash prize for the best post graduate dissertation on energy transition. We believe that good work deserves recognition and that is what our sponsorship and prize recognise”.

This award is performance linked and students must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation and a determination to succeed academically and professionally. The recipient of the scholarship will be selected from graduate students who show potential, but whose personal circumstances mean that they are unable to meet the cost of a higher degree. Of particular interest to Telos are students keen to study issues relating to the transition of energy away from hydrocarbon dependence towards renewable and sustainable resources.

Dr Anita Singh, Academic Team Lead Post Graduate Management at RGU, said: “We are extremely thankful to TelosNRG for sponsoring the scholarship and the best dissertation award. The scholarship will not just support our students financially, it will reinforce RGU’s collaboration with the energy industry and help students develop skills to become catalysts for transitioning into a greener, cleaner and sustainable world.”

Upon successful completion of the course, should any suitable vacancies exist, the donor will consider interviewing the chosen student for employment within the company.

The TelosNRG Prize will be awarded to a MSc Energy Management or MSc Business and Management Student deemed to have produced the best dissertation in a subject relevant to the energy industry (as specified by Telos NRG).

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