Each year students in the first year of studying Journalism, Media & Journalism, Journalism & PR or English & Journalism are eligible to apply for the Crispin Aubrey Undergraduate Scholarship. Applicants need to demonstrate that they intend to pursue a career in journalism and have an interest in environmental and/or social justice issues.

The Crispin Aubrey Scholar will receive a grant of £3,000 over two years. They will be allocated a mentor as well as a supervising tutor who will support them with putting forward their proposal for how they wish to spend the grant each year. The successful recipient will be expected to produce at least one piece of work each year on environmental or social issues and seek to have this work published/broadcast. One scholar is chosen each year from all the undergraduate journalism programmes. Hear from past winners below.

Emma Stansfield: 2016 BA Scholar

Hello, I’m Emma Stanfield and I am studying public relations and journalism student at UWE. I spent my early years in South East Asia before moving to Somerset in my teens. As a result, I have had experiences along the way which have moulded my ethics and character, giving me a strong interest in the environment and the world we live in. I am passionate about captivating and influencing others through my writing, and hopefully improving lives along the way.

After completing a PR module in my first year I was given the opportunity to be part of a PR firm in Bristol for a summer internship. This opened my eyes to the various areas I could involve myself in for a future career. I have become excited about the prospects in working alongside NGO’s such as WWF and UNICEF to make a difference to society. This type of work would enhance my journalistic skills and offer me further knowledge highlight important environmental messages.

Emma has a keen interest in Charity PR. She is currently working on research looking at sustainable farming practice and veg box schemes available in Bristol.


Rhys Buchanan: 2015 BA Scholar

I’m Rhys Buchanan a twenty year old UWE Journalism student from Street in Somerset. I currently devote my time to a local print magazine called Bristol Live as Deputy Editor but I’m constantly looking to seek out new opportunities.

I’m really excited about the future ahead and can’t wait to gain new experiences in this ever-changing field. Recently, I’ve been having a very busy summer as media intern at Rise Records in Bristol. I’m passionate about fighting climate change and would ultimately aspire to raise public mindset into believing that they can make a difference on an individual level.

My ultimate goal as a journalist is to write for national publications about culture, so in order to achieve this I’ve already been pro-active and had my work published at The Bristol Post, NME and for Time Out Bristol amongst others. I’ll look forward to meeting everyone involved with this wonderful fund in the near future. Read his latest blog here.

Rhys Buchanan was awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Scholarship. Rhys has a background in music journalism and is passionate about fighting climate change.
Rhys has a background in music journalism and is passionate about fighting climate change.


Leah Henderson: 2014 MA Scholar 

Hi, I’m Leah. I grew up in beautiful, windy Aberdeenshire. Being able to witness first-hand the furore in the lead up to the independence referendum last year has inspired me to find out more about young people’s attitudes to politics in the UK.

I have a degree in English Literature and Language from Glasgow University, where I read and wrote to my heart’s content. I continued this love of writing into the MA Journalism course at the University of the West of England. After I graduate I hope to write for an online newspaper, and maybe if I’m lucky, become a published author.

Leah has used the funds to research Scottish politics following the Referendum. She is also undertaking a work placement with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Summer Brooks: 2014 BA Scholar

Hi my name is Summer! I am a journalism student at the University of the West of England and my dream is to become a magazine journalist in London or New York! I am interested in Marine Conservation and hope to use my writing to raise awareness of this issue.

I grew up on the outskirts of London until I moved 300 miles to Cornwall when I was 14. I have always been passionate about writing and using words to express myself and others’ ideas. I’m a home girl but I also hope to travel and that my career will take me to beautiful places.

Summer has worked with Cornwall Living and published work on Surfers Against Sewage with The Ecologist.