The first cohort of IWA & Cranfield University Excellence Scholarship winners have commenced their journey to become the next generation of water scientists and engineers.

Awarded scholarships by the International Water Association and Cranfield, the students will develop their technical understanding and business skills to become leaders in the global struggle to improve the resilience and sustainability of water supply and sanitation systems and protect the natural environment.

Selected from more than 500 high quality applicants, 14 full-fee scholarships were awarded by the University across three MSc courses: Water and Wastewater Engineering, Advanced Water Management and Water and Sanitation for Development.

Meet some of our scholars

Name: Brenda Wagaba       Country: Uganda

Course: MSc Advanced Water Management (2020-2021)

Email: b.wagaba@cranfield.ac.uk

My undergraduate studies in Environmental Health Sciences gave me a broad platform of career choices to select from. As I interacted with several mentors and worked within communities, I found my niche in contributing towards providing safe water for everyone more so the children and elderly. My interest in the MSc Advanced Water Management course at Cranfield University lies in the applicability skills offered across both theoretical and group project modules. These skills are of importance towards my work within communities that entails understanding water related problems and deriving sustainable solutions that contribute towards the development of the country.



Name: Dina Almuhtad

Course: MSc Advanced Water Management

Email: dina.almuhtadi@cranfield.ac.uk

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Water & Environmental Engineering and as part of my education I worked as an intern in a consultation office in Germany where I learnt the impact of framework legislation for water quality and water resources management. This encouraged me to study MSc Advanced Water Management in order to help create sustainable solutions for the development of the water sector and policies in Jordan and the world. Cranfield University is well-placed to allow me to achieve my goal which is to make a valuable contribution in the water industry.



Name: Sara De Llobet Payàs

Course: MSc Advanced Water Management

Email: sara.de-llobet-payas@cranfield.ac.uk

I am currently completing an MSc in Advanced Water Management at Cranfield University and last year I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). I believe, the skillsets I have acquired during my studies - and I am acquiring now - have provided me the essential competences to become a qualified professional in environmental and water-related management contexts. I wish to become someone who can manage water-related projects around the world, working with locals, companies and organisations to provide safe water for everyone who needs it.

The reason why I chose Cranfield was because they offer a matrix of theory and practice in their courses that other Universities did not have. And for me, achieving hands-on experience was very appealing.



Name: Irfan Ulla Shariff

Course: MSc Advanced Water Management

Email: irfan-ulla-shariff.shariff@cranfield.ac.uk

“Water should be an essential Right, not an entity of privilege”. It is my desire to take this principle forward by indulging in making safe water and sanitation available at household level and creating independent water management as a standard practice. In a developing country like India, managing water is one of the most significant challenges. I believe that a holistic approach to water management practices will ensure quality water availability for future generations.

The knowledge gained from the Advanced Water Management programme at Cranfield University is an essential step in this direction which will help me gain new perspectives and ways of addressing water related issues.



Name: Namgyel Dorji

Course: MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering

Email: n.dorji@cranfield.ac.uk

The reason I applied for IWA Scholarship is I aspire to be able to fulfill the dearth of water professionals in my country where water and wastewater problems are coming to surface. I intend to be fully equipped with the skills required to help the government agencies in making the right choice of treatment technology, to be able to devise plans to enhance the current operations of the existing treatment plants. I intend to work closely with the vast network of IWA professionals to discuss water problems in our regions and draws feedbacks that would enable to serve my cause better.



Name: Timothy Fisher

Course: MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering

Email: tim.j.fisher@cranfield.ac.uk

The IWA and their publishing have been a beacon of insight and inspiration throughout my career as a water and wastewater engineer. Over time, I began to see that a number of contributors to those publications were from Cranfield University, which inspired me to pursue the Cranfield MSc in water and wastewater engineering. Additionally, Cranfield’s industry focused curriculum appealed to my hands-on approach to engineering design. I am immensely proud and grateful to have been awarded the scholarship. I look forward to using the knowledge gained to contribute to the sustainable development and innovation of South African treatment systems.



Name: Nasreen Nasar

Course: MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering

Email: nasreen.nasar@cranfield.ac.uk

I am passionate water professional with a deep interest in the transformation of water and wastewater treatment into drivers of circular economy. I’ve worked as a consultant and process engineer in the Middle East for the last 5 years, with a focus on Sea Water RO process. By studying the M.Sc. course on Water and Wastewater Engineering at Cranfield University while getting involved with the IWA, I’m looking to be part of a dynamic group of Scientists and Engineers who are at the forefront of redefining the concept and functionality of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants in the context of a circular economy.       Read Nasreen's blog



Name: Takalan Mathivha

Course: MSc Water and Wastewater Engineering

Email: t.mathivha@cranfield.ac.uk

I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Currently a system engineer at a power station under Chemical services Water and Waste water treatment plants wherein raw water from the dam is treated to produce potable water, demineralised water for electricity generation and sewage plant produces effluent for irrigation. Cranfield University offers water courses for development and advanced understanding of the systems, which I can utilise to solve practical problems such as increasing the percentage of people who have access to piped water in their dwelling place, delivering safe reliable water supplies through research and scientific treatment processes.