Sir John Houghton Bursary for CAT graduate school

Sir John Houghton Bursary for CAT graduate school

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Sir John Houghton, former co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessment Working Group and former Chief Executive of the Met Office, has made a donation of £60,000 to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) to create an annual bursary for a student beginning one of the Masters courses at the Graduate School of the Environment.

CAT’s mission is to inspire, inform and enable people with practical solutions for sustainability. Our Graduate School offers a range of postgraduate programmes including MSc Sustainability and Adaptation, MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment and a Part II Architecture programme.

A bursary of £4,500 will be awarded annually to a promising student who demonstrates that they have an excellent academic record and a passion for tackling climate change.


Sir John Houghton has had an illustrious career as one of the world’s most eminent climate scientists, and is a long term supporter of CAT’s work. On making the donation, he said:

“I have spent a lifetime studying the atmosphere and the climate and latterly have been concerned with the reality of human induced climate change. I now want to help the next generation tackle this serious problem, possibly the biggest the world faces.”

Adrian Ramsay, CAT Chief Executive said:

“CAT is extremely honoured to receive this donation from Sir John Houghton, someone who has made such as great contribution to our understanding of climate change. CAT now has more than one thousand alumni working across industry, government and academia who are collectively implementing the changes that society needs to make to tackle climate change. This award will enable more people to join them and drive forward the solutions that enable humanity to rise to this challenge.”

The closing date for applications for the 2016 award is Sunday 26th June.

For terms and conditions and an application form, please see the bursaries page.