Brewing bursary aims to boost industry diversity

A Scottish brewer and university have announced a new link-up to encourage more black, Asian and minority ethnic students to carve out a career in brewing and distilling, writes Brian Donnelly for The Herald Scotland.

Heriot-Watt University and Brewgooder, the Glasgow-based craft-brewing and ‘clean water’ company, announced a bursary programme starting from summer 2021 with the aim of improving diversity in the brewing industry. The successful student will receive £2,000 (US$2,500) each year from Brewgooder for a total of four years while studying on the BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling course based at the campus in Edinburgh. Brewgooder has also pledged to offer hands-on work experience with its team in Glasgow, providing invaluable industry experience.

Kirsten Nicolson, operations and logistics executive at Brewgooder, who graduated this year from the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt, said the bursary is part of a wider programme to boost diversity. She said: “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.”
Full report on The Herald Scotland site