Three Cranfield students have been named in the list of Fellows for the 2014 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship.

The Fellowship programme, a joint initiative between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the UK and the Schmidt Family Foundation in the US, is a unique opportunity for postgraduate students and academics from leading international design, engineering and business schools to support the transition to a circular economy. 

The three students from Cranfield, who is is one of ten partner universities and a core delivery partner in the initiative, have been selected from a pool of applicants all with exciting ideas on transforming the global economy.

Fellows and their academic mentors all attend an intensive Summer School, which this year will be held at Cranfield. The week long Summer School is a key part of the creativity framework for the Fellowship. During the week, Fellows have the opportunity to network with the Foundation’s flagship business programme, CE100, at their annual summit. They then return to their university to focus on a postgraduate, circular economy innovation project as part of their MSc.

Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: "The calibre of applicants for the 2014 Fellowship Programme has been exceptional – for that reason, we have accepted two extra fellows to the programme this year. It is indicative of how far circular economy thinking has moved on that these students are interested in applying the framework to areas as diverse as engineering systems, nanotechnology, marketing, digital entrepreneurship and urban farming."

Phil Brown, a student on the MSc Environmental Management for Business course at Cranfield, said: “I am extremely excited to have been selected for the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship. A personal ambition for my studies while at Cranfield University was to direct my thesis project into the circular economy, so to be able to do so with the support of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation presents an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the other Fellows and Academic mentors to share and develop my knowledge, understanding and ideas for positive change the circular economy holds.”

Also representing Cranfield are Barry Waddilove, studying the MDes Design and Innovation for Sustainability, and Dale Walker, studying the MDes Innovation and Creativity for Industry.

Dame Ellen MacArthur and Wendy Schmidt
Dame Ellen MacArthur and Wendy Schmidt

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About the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Programme
Launched in 2013, the Fellowship is a global higher education initiative created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation. The programme has been created to develop the skills and innovative thinking required to transition to a circular economy. The Fellowships are open to postgraduate students from a global network of ten Partner Universities including: Imperial College London, Cranfield University, London Business School in the UK; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale University, University of California Berkeley & Stanford University in the United States; Euromed Management, Delft University of Technology and MIP Politecnico di Milano in Continental Europe; Tongji University in China and India’s National Institute of Design. Students and academic mentors from these universities will take part in a London-based intensive summer school before returning to their university to focus on a postgraduate, circular economy innovation project.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.