14 December 2020

Five professionals from Edinburgh’s world-famous live events sector have been awarded special scholarships by the University of Edinburgh Business School to support the long-term future of the city economy through the Covid-19 crisis.
Supporting Edinburgh’s Future: Business School Awards Events Sector Scholarships

The scholarships will enable the recipients to complete a two-year Executive MBA course (Master of Business Administration), strengthening their analysis, innovation, and strategic leadership skills.

The five being awarded — three women and two men — represent the performing arts, museums and galleries, and hospitality sectors.

They are:

  • Drew Gowland, Managing Director, the MGA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Robin Stewart, Director of Hospitality & Events, NMS Enterprises Ltd
  • Katy Bitten Koren, Artistic Director at Gilded Balloon
  • Susan Russell, Head of Marketing & Communications at Underbelly Ltd
  • Fiona Morley, Experienced venue director and tourism professional

The five — or the organisations they currently work for — only pay a deposit of £1,500, with the remaining fee of £29,850 covered by the scholarship. On the course, they will hear from academic experts in strategy, management and leadership, as well as gain insights from senior business people, and receiving tailored career coaching.

Julian Rawel, Director of the Executive MBA at the University of Edinburgh Business School, said:

“When we saw the threat being faced by a sector so crucial to the city, we knew we had to help. Our Executive MBA has a track record of upskilling professionals in analysis, innovation and strategic leadership. These skills will be vital as Edinburgh’s economy navigates the new normal.

“The applications we received were of high quality. The recipients represent different aspects of the live events scene, and will undoubtedly help build a resilient future for the city. I’m also sure they will bring great insights of their own to the wider Executive MBA cohort, so Edinburgh’s influence will continue to be felt around the world.”

Janet Archer, Director of Festival, Cultural and City Events at the University of Edinburgh, said:

“I am delighted to see these scholarships awarded. Professionals in Edinburgh’s world-famous live events sector have a key role to play in helping the city rebuild.

“By strengthening the recipients’ skills in innovation and leadership, the Business School is showing its commitment to Scotland’s capital city.”