Heriot-Watt announces bursary to improve diversity in brewing and distilling

Craft brewery to provide £8,000 to a BAME student studying for a brewing and distilling degree

Heriot-Watt University has teamed up with a Scottish craft beer producer to encourage more diversity in brewing and distilling.

From summer 2021, one BAME student on the BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling course, based at the provider’s International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) in Edinburgh, will receive a four-year bursary funded by Glasgow-based craft-brewing company, Brewgooder.

As well as the bursary, which is worth £2,000 per year, Brewgooder will also offer the student hands-on work experience.

We know it’s a small step towards greater diversity but it’s one we think is in the right direction – Kirsten Nicolson

“As an industry we know we have a way to go in encouraging more people from different backgrounds into the sector but the support of Brewgooder and this bursary is a positive step in the right direction,” said Dr Dawn Maskell, head of the ICDB.

Kirsten Nicolson of Brewgooder, a graduate of the ICBD added: “We know it’s a small step towards greater diversity but it’s one we think is in the right direction, and should it prove successful it can be the blueprint for more of our own efforts, and those of other brewers and distillers to increase opportunity in our incredible industry.”

Further details on the bursary will be made available to potential students during the course application and admissions process for the autumn 2021 enrolment.

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