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The selected scholars, chosen from a range of countries where we have operations, will begin their studies this month. The TGSS is a key part of the Group’s overall approach to education and capacity building, which aims to support local people from countries where Tullow works to participate in the oil and gas industry.

The TGSS supports postgraduate degree, technical training and vocational studies, and covers a wide range of subjects including Oil & Gas Economics, Environment and Geosciences, and Engineering and Technology.

This year the scholars come from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mauritania, Ivory Coast and Suriname and will study at leading universities in the UK, France and Ireland, including Robert Gordon University, London Southbank, University College Dublin, and University of La Rochelle.

Fatima from Ghana, one of Tullow’s 2012 scholars, sums up what the experience meant for her:

“The TGSS has been a life changing experience.  I want to use this experience to change the lives of people back home. There are not enough role models where I come from, so I feel responsible for raising awareness on the importance of education particularly for females. 
I hope the skills that I and future scholars acquire will help improve the economic outlook and the social development of Ghana.”

As well as covering tuition and thesis fees, the scholarship includes accommodation, monthly living allowance and travel costs, ensuring that scholars don’t have to worry when they are away from home, and can focus entirely on their studies.

The TGSS is wholly administered by the British Council. More details can be found at https://tullowgroupscholarshipscheme.org/

Speaking today, Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to be entering into the third year of our scholarship scheme and congratulate the successful scholars who endured a rigorous selection process to get here today.
The TGSS gives us the opportunity to contribute to addressing both existing industry skills gaps and national capacity development requirements, and demonstrates that Tullow’s commitment to the countries where we operate is long-term.”