Meet our Scholars
Charlie was awarded the 2018 undergraduate scholarship. He is passionate about the environment and investigative journalism a shining a light on issues of concern.
I'm Charlie and I am a Journalism student at UWE. Being from Bristol, I am passionate about the city and, through my journalism, bring attention to environmental and social issues within it.
The Knowledge is a hyperlocal magazine I write for. I began writing for them after completing a journalism course at Knowle West Media Centre. For the Knowledge, I've done opinion pieces, written articles and I am currently helping them launch a Young People's page. I've also produced content for The Bristol Cable. For them, I've wrote an article about community centre cuts and made a video about a boxing club threatened with closure. I was able to contribute to the Cable after taking part in their investigative journalism programme.
Investigative journalism is a form of journalism I am particularly interested in and it is thanks to this scholarship that I was able to go to the CIJ Summer Conference, where I learnt key investigative skills. With the support of this scholarship, I hope to continue producing quality investigative journalism that shines a spotlight on environmental and social matters.
Megan was awarded the 2018 undergraduate scholarship. She is passionate about travel and sharing the stories of everyday people beyond the headlines.
Hello, my names Megan. I’m twenty years old and in my second year at university, studying Journalism at the University of the West of England in Bristol. I grew up on the coast in Norfolk with my family and then at the age of seventeen i moved to London on my own to study at the Fashion Retail Academy. Moving to London opened my eyes to so many different social and environmental issues that I quickly became passionate about. Being surrounded by such a diverse mixture of people in London made me realise how many untold stories there are and I soon realised that I would love for it to one day be my job to report these stories; this being the main reason I decided to move from fashion to journalism.
In the summer of 2016 I travelled to South America for seven weeks and fell in love with Colombia. It is such a culturally rich place and I was shocked at how welcoming the locals were to tourists in all parts of the country. We would get approached on the streets and the people who live there would thank us for visiting their countries and express how sad they are that many people think their home is such a dangerous place. My trip inspired me to one day be able to tell the stories of these Colombians and show people that Columbia is beautiful and not the undesirable place the media often makes it out to be. I am so grateful that the Crispin Aubrey Scholarship is going to give me the chance to do this.
Michael Rossiter was awarded the 2017 undergraduate scholarship. He is passionate about travel and the use of journalism to raise important social issues with new audiences.
Hello, I’m Michael Rossiter! I was born and raised in a town on the outskirts of London before moving to Bristol last September to begin studying Public Relations & Journalism at UWE. Aside from my studies, I currently work for a non-profit public interest organisation, volunteer in a press office and try my best to explore the world.
I’ve recently completed the first year of my degree and with a long five month summer ahead, I’ve decided to travel around South East Asia for three months. I’ll begin my trip in Vietnam, before working my way over to Thailand, Bali and Singapore. During my travels I’m keen to look at the environmental and social impacts of mass tourism in these countries. Upon my return, I’m hoping to have some initial research as a starting point for my project which I will continue to work on and develop over the next two years.
Being in my twenties, I believe my generation has the ability to conquer an array of social and environmental matter across the globe with the use of various platforms, such as; print, digital and social media. I’m excited to use my scholarship to produce a selection of journalistic work which will hopefully have the ability to engage an audience, influence others and ultimately make a change.
Holly was awarded the 2017 undergraduate scholarship. Holly has a passion for documentaries, conservation and travel.
I’m Holly, a 20 year old first year Journalism Student at UWE and my dream is to become a Broadcast Journalist, particularly focusing on making documentaries. Growing up in Plymouth by the coast has made me appreciate our beaches and marine life, and has made me concerned about the future of our shores, which is something I would like to document in my career to raise further awareness about how making small changes to our lifestyles can have a huge impact on our oceans.
I am also from a family of very strong women, who have massively influenced me, making me passionate about women’s rights and social issues. This recently inspired me to create a magazine spread about One25, a local Bristol charity for vulnerable women, which earned me an award from the National Union of Journalists “Best Student Journalism” in my first year category. The writing process, and hearing testimonials of local women has also inspired me to want to educate people further and encourage them to make a difference. I am extremely enthusiastic about journalism, and I hope that in my future career I can meet more inspiring people, document their stories, and travel—whilst writing about it along the way too.
Read Holly's blog on One24 and helping women off the streets.
Emma Stanfield was awarded the 2016 undergraduate Scholarship. Emma has a keen interest in Charity PR.
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.
Since becoming a CALF scholar Emma has undertaken research looking at sustainable farming practice and her first assignment was a work placement with the Soil Association in Bristol (read Emma's Blog about her experience). Emma's second assignment took her to South Africa where she completed the Ocean Campus Environmental Journalism Course (read Emma's article on Rhino's ).
Rhys Buchanan was awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Scholarship. Rhys has a background in music journalism and is passionate about fighting climate change.
I’m Rhys Buchanan a twenty year old UWE Journalism student from Street in Somerset. I’m really excited about the future ahead and can’t wait to gain new experiences in this ever-changing field. 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.
Rhys has been mentored by the Guardian's Online Environment editor Adam Vaughan and through the support of the fund has established his own online E-zine called The Know, which brings together his passion for social issues together with his love of music. Read more about The Know.
2014 MA Scholar
Leah Henderson, originally from Aberdeenshire, was awarded the first MA Scholarship in December 2014. She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Glasgow University. She used the funds to research Scottish youth attitudes to politics following the independence referendum. She also undertook a work placement with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
2014 BA Scholar
Summer Brooks was awarded the first Undergraduate Scholarship in September 2014. Having been brought up in Cornwall, Summer has a passion for marine conservation and used the fund to raise awareness on this issue. Through the fund she worked with Cornwall Living and published work on Surfers Against Sewage with The Ecologist as well as receiving training on lifestyle journalism and blogging with the London School of Journalism.