News: 150 new Churchill Fellows announced for 2018
Published: 9 Mar 2018
Today we announce 150 new Churchill Fellows. Over the next 12 months, they will travel the world and research cutting-edge solutions to important topical issues.
These 150 Fellows include people from all walks of life, researching topics across a broad range of sectors, from housing to nursing, science to education. They were selected from over 1,000 applicants.
“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions. This life-changing opportunity is open to everyone, with our next round of grants opening on 27 April” -Julia Weston, Chief Executive
Together they will receive grants totalling over £1million and travel to 48 countries across six continents. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.
Below, a selection of our new Fellows talk about the issues they are researching. See the full list of 2018 Churchill Fellows
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THIS YEAR'S FELLOWS INCLUDE...
Dan Farnworth, an emergency medical technician from Kirkham, Lancashire, will be travelling to Canada and the USA to investigate health and wellbeing support for emergency services personnel.
“I have personal experience of suffering from PTSD which was related to an incident I attended whilst working for the UK Emergency Services. Initially I was scared to admit I had a problem due to the stigma surrounding mental health. Since my recovery I have strived to ensure that my experience has been shared so that others feel that it is okay to talk and that mental health conversations are acceptable.
I am hoping to learn from our colleagues in the USA and Canada about how they strategically approach health and wellbeing in the workplace and what impact this has operationally at the grass roots" -Dan Farnworth
Siofra Caherty, a designer and educator from Belfast, will be travelling to Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and the USA to study 'zero waste' initiatives. Siofra's Fellowship is supported by the Rank Foundation.
“Whilst working as a designer for product and fashion for large companies, I became increasingly aware of the negative impact they were having on the environment. I started my own company as a way to create a product that was environmentally conscious and manufactured in a zero waste way.
Through my business I have worked with local government and businesses to use waste material to create products of value and to encourage consumers to view waste in a different way. I believe that the zero waste approach I have to my business can be applied to building a more environmentally conscious and aware community" -Siofra Caherty
Tamsin Longley, an occupational therapist from London, will be travelling to Australia, Canada and the USA to research support for individuals affected by Cancer Related Cognitive Changes. Tamsin's Fellowship is supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
“As a Senior Occupational Therapist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, cancer-related cognitive change is a symptom which is frequently reported, yet is limited in research and treatment guidelines.
With continued improvements in disease-free cancer survival after treatment, there are an increasing number of people who wish to return to work and maximise their quality of life. It is therefore of great importance that we do what we can to facilitate this in order for individuals to live well beyond cancer" -Tamsin Longley
Ikem Nzeribe, an entrepreneur from Manchester, will be travelling to Nigeria to explore culturally relevant ways of teaching computing in African-Caribbean communities.
“Talent is evenly distributed. Opportunity is not - so the saying goes. This project matters to me because I believe passionately about the people I see around me every day, who don't have the chances to achieve their potential. The aim is to position marginalised communities with a future-focus.
Computing is cannibalising industry and changing how we live. People write places like Moss Side off, but correctly cultivated, they can become the soil for tiny revolutions - in personal growth, talent and self-belief. Who knows what kind of innovations can emerge” -Ikem Nzeribe
Kate Wyver, a freelance journalist from London, will be travelling to Kenya, Uganda and India to study approaches to teaching consent in sex education in schools.
“This project was spurred by personal experience of sexual assault but goes far beyond that. I began teaching consent classes with the #NotGuilty campaign and have since become increasingly fascinated with how people discuss consent around the world.
Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped every year in the UK and we need to bring those numbers down; education is one of the key tools we can use to create change. Many organisations worldwide are working in far more oppressive conditions than in the UK, and lots boast incredible results with young men becoming more respectful and less likely to rape” -Kate Wyver
Pete Moorhouse, an artist educator from Bristol, will be travelling to Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA to research best practice in woodwork in early childhood education. Pete's Fellowship is supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.
“Most children in the UK never touch tools in their entire education. A whole generation is missing out on the rich development opportunities that practical work with tools provides.
“I am passionate about the opportunities that woodwork provides for young children. It is a truly cross-curricular activity, encompassing all areas of learning and development, and can really play a central role in education. Woodwork is exceptional for developing children’s creative and critical thinking skills, as they tinker and experiment with the possibilities of wood and tools, and then go on to express ideas and resolve their work” -Pete Moorhouse