Eric Beverley Bursary

Application for the Coachmaker Eric Beverley Bursary

Suspended for 2020

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers uses its charitable funds to support education at various levels in the Automotive, Aerospace and Coach Building industries. The Eric Beverley Bursary is awarded in memory of Eric Beverley CBE DFC – Commercial Director BAC Weapons Group, President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies and, in 1978, Master Coachmaker.

The award is made annually to a second year PhD student researching an aerospace-related subject at Cranfield University. It is intended to add value to an individual’s research by providing the financial means, not otherwise provided by the University or by any commercial sponsorship, to travel to and to open up further research opportunities at relevant seminars, exhibitions and conferences often held overseas.

To apply for this award, please complete the online application form using the link below. Applicants will be considered on the basis of technical excellence, innovation and relevance to the aerospace industry, and a short list of potential winners will be selected by the Director of Research at Cranfield. Short-listed applicants will then be required, on Day 2 of the annual Cranfield Aerospace Research Student Conference, to give a 15 minute presentation on their research, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session, to the Coachmakers Aerospace Awards Committee. The presentation simulates a senior researcher seeking funds for new investment from the company Board of Directors. While all Coachmaker panel members will have a sound aerospace background, they will certainly not be experts in any specialist research field. The key is therefore an ability to explain some potentially very complicated research in relatively plain language.

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the conference, and will subsequently be invited and expected to attend the Coachmakers’ Aerospace Industry Dinner held annually in November at a prestigious location in London. At this event the winner will be presented with a personal cheque (currently £3,000) and a Certificate of Achievement in the presence of many senior executives from the UK and European Aerospace Industries. The dinner is a black tie event, the cost of which will be borne by the Coachmakers. However, travel and any accommodation expenses incurred must be borne either by individual researchers or by the university.

Not only does this award offer financial assistance for specific visits in the short term, association with the Coachmakers is potentially long-term and offers exciting networking opportunities. Our website gives more information on how industry and military affiliations have evolved from our historic roots in the Coachmaking and Coach Harness making trades.

Candidates should complete the online application form here.