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My name is Laura Webber and I’m the Beneficiary of this year’s Future Leader Fund.

I’m a Director of Public Health Modelling at the UK Health Forum in London, and the role of my organisation, which is an NGO, is focussing on the prevention of chronic diseases. I look at how chronic diseases might change in the future due to risk factors such as smoking or obesity, and the impact interventions can have.

I applied for the Future Leader Fund at this stage of my career because I felt I needed additional professional development, and also as a manager I wanted to gain greater insight into how I could become a better manager. Also, working for a small organisation, which is currently going through a lot of period of change, I wanted to better understand that change and how we can ensure that it is as successful as it could be.

From completing Stage 1 of the OU MBA, I’m hoping to become a better manager myself, but also be able to understand better how organisations run, especially small organisations. And also learn a lot about business, which could be implemented in the Public Sector or the Third Sector where I work, where I think they could benefit a lot from understanding business-generating profit that could then be put back into the charity.

I’m really grateful for the Alumni’s generosity in allowing me to do this MBA, because it wouldn’t have been possible. I’m really excited to start the MBA. It is really challenging in between a full-time job, but I am enjoying getting back into studying. So, I’d like to say thank you to the Alumni.

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How to apply

The scholarship will be awarded to the individual through a competitive process, to commence study in May 2020. To be considered for a full scholarship for the first 60 credits of MBA study (Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration) comprising B870 Managing in a changing world followed by B872 Creating and sustaining value, we ask you to respond to the following statement in no more than 500 words.

“We are looking for an exceptional MBA candidate who can demonstrate the ability to think creatively about how to apply theory and ideas from MBA studies to practice and to produce social benefits by doing so. These could help employees, their families, the wider community or the environment, for example, in any part of the world.”

The panel will look for evidence of:

To apply, please complete the submission form and submit via email.

Entry requirements

Entrants must meet the entry requirements for the OU MBA. To be eligible to apply, you must have:

If you do not hold the required qualifications you can benefit from the Open Entry route. The scholarship is open to all territories currently served by the MBA.

Terms and Conditions

Entry for The Future Leader Fund is via completion of the applicant submission form on this webpage, which should be submitted by email with the header ‘Future Leader Fund’.


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