Four Churchill Travelling Fellowships, totalling £23,700, have been awarded to Welsh citizens from all walks of life to acquire knowledge overseas to bring back the benefit for others in the UK. These Churchill Fellows will travel to 4 countries between them, across 3 continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of each Fellowship is 5 and a half weeks, with the Trust paying an average of £6,400 per Fellow.
As Sir Winston Churchill’s national memorial, we carry forward his legacy by funding British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities.
The Welsh Fellows are:
Robert Jones, a PhD student from Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, travelling to the USA to research alternatives to women's imprisonment in Wales.
Tim Leyshon, a deputy head teacher from Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, visiting Denmark, Spain and the USA to investigate leading education provision for children with autistic spectrum disorder.
Carole Philips, a student support and child protection officer from Ebbw Vale, Gwent, travelling to the USA to gain an understanding into the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme.
Dainis Dauksta, a researcher and consultant from Builth Wells, Powys, visiting Japan to study the utilisation of larch within construction.
The purpose of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships is to widen an individual’s experience through overseas travel in such a way that he or she grows in confidence, knowledge, authority and ambition. No previous experience is required but their Fellowship must bring benefits to others in the UK through sharing the key learnings from overseas.
In all, 137 Fellows have been selected this year from all over the UK and are awarded on pure merit, representing a wide variety of backgrounds, qualifications and interest. These opportunities are available to adults of any age, gender, religion or ethnicity, and will add real value to their skills and to their CV, as well as furthering their leadership and role model abilities.
An example of a previous local Churchill Fellow’s experience:
Kathy Seddon, from Penarth, Glamorgan, travelled from Arctic Norway (Lofoten Islands) to Mediterranean Spain during her 1997 Fellowship. Her purpose was to build a network of schools across Europe that would monitor selected butterflies as indicators of climate change. These schools reported their results over six years via the Internet on a specially created website, supported by European environmental experts who worked with the teachers.
Data collected by the pupils was subsequently published in a number of journals, and the project gained first place in the EUN European Schools Net ‘environmental project award' 2001 (Tarragona).
Through the project Kathy was able to research ‘teacher motivation and learning through international internet collaboration' and gained a Doctorate at Exeter University. She then took up a post at the National College (NC), working with school leaders in the NC online environment. One area of this work, closely related to her collaborative environmental experience, is ‘leading sustainable schools'. Her research training has been vital in interpreting how school leader online learning could be enhanced.
In total 137 Fellowships have been awarded in the UK in 2014, with grant awards totalling £876,540. The Fellows will be travelling to 52 countries between them, across 6 continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of each Fellowship is 5 and a half weeks, with the Trust paying £6400 per Fellow. This year’s applicants include a children’s social worker, a wheelwright, a probation officer and a youth theatre director.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death in 1965. Since then it has awarded over 4450 Travelling Fellowships.
Past award winners include nurses, artists, scientists, engineers, farmers, conservationists, carers, craft workers, artisans, members of the emergency services, sportsmen and women and young people.
Applicants need to be over the age of 18 and British Citizens, resident in the UK.
Applications open for the 2015 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship categories on 7th May
2013. Visit www.wcmt.org.uk for more details.
The Trust continues to develop mutually supportive partnerships with other grant makers and
charities for various Fellowship categories. This provides Fellows with a front line network and
expertise through which their Fellowship lessons can be disseminated for long term implementation both nationally and regionally.
Our current partners are:
· Arts and Older People with The Baring Foundation
· Communities that Work with The Rank Foundation
· Education with The Mercers’ Company, and The Farmington Trust
· Prison and Penal Reform with The Prison Reform Trust, and The International Centre for Prison Studies
· Musical Education with The Finzi Trust
· Medicine, Health and Patient Care with The Burdett Trust for Nursing, The Royal College of Nursing, The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, and FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation
· The Creative Industries with The Worshipful Company of Carpenters
· Young People with the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services
· Environment and Sustainable Living with The Frank Jackson Foundation