Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Jeremy Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship

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Wellington UniVentures is funding a scholarship in memory of Jeremy Bloomfield, who worked for Wellington UniVentures’ School Support Services team (previously Viclink) from 2014 until his passing in August 2019. Amongst Jeremy’s passions were a love for education and the environment. This scholarship has been established to support Wellington UniVentures’ mission, of developing innovations arising from Victoria University of Wellington research activities and translating the innovation out of the University for maximum benefit to the community.

The inaugural winner of the scholarship was Baptiste Roucau in 2021. Find out more about Baptiste here.

The award

This scholarship will be available to Victoria University of Wellington postgraduate research students, undertaking research in the areas of Education or the Environment. The scholarship, worth $20,000, will be offered biannually.

The scholarship is to be directed to developing and translating an innovation derived from research in the Education or Environmental disciplines.The intent is to fund a substantial step towards translating an existing innovation, resulting from University research out to the wider community for practical use and impact. For example, this could include the development of a new product, service or prototype that allows the research innovation to find use in the community. Funding new research activity is not eligible under this scholarship.

Applicants must be enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington in a discipline substantially related to Education or the Environment at postgraduate level.

Further information about the Jeremy Bloomfield Scholarship and the application criteria can be found here.

About Jeremy Bloomfield

A passion for education and the environment defined former Wellington UniVentures Senior Education Programme Manager, Jeremy Bloomfield, who passed away suddenly in 2019. To honour his memory and help create impact in the two areas that Jeremy loved, Wellington UniVentures have created the Jeremy Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship, with the blessing of Jeremy’s family. 

Jeremy’s wife, Chris Bloomfield says, “Jeremy was actively involved in environmental issues in Ngāiō and he firmly believed his work was all about community building, not the number of rats killed or barberry removed, but getting the community involved.” Jeremy’s pioneering work with Predator Free New Zealand helped establish the group in Ngāiō. Furthermore, Jeremy was instrumental in the development and delivery of the KiVa bullying prevention programme here in New Zealand.

Chris will be part of the decision panel. “We will be focusing on opportunities to translate innovations in Education or the Environment that will have the maximum benefit to the community,” Chris explains.

To receive more information including application dates contact us.