Edited transcript of video

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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If you would like to support a scholarship, you can donate via The Open University donations page and choose 'MBA Future Leader Fund'.


How to apply

The application process has now closed and will be awarded in February 2020 for studies to commence in May 2020. Applications for 2021 will open in September. 

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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