Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management

Please help me fund my tuition costs for my Master's degree! :)

Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management
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Completion Date: Wed 05 Oct 2016

MSc Environmental Policy and Management

I'm hoping to raise £6,500 to help pay for tuition fees and maintenance through academic year 2016/17 while helping me achieve my ambition to obtain a Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management. This qualification will enable me to progress towards my goal of working to make the environment of our Earth a better place for future generations. Achieving a Master's level knowledge is also a requirement of becoming a Chartered Environmentalist which I am also working towards. 

I am Jon Hall

I am a 26 year old man living in Bristol (the European green capital for 2015) with a passion for the environment. I am the oldest of three children and the only person within my immediate family to go to university. I am a Wolverhampton Wanderers football club fan and have been since I was born having spent the first 6 years of my life in the city. Aside from football, I watch all manner of sports and I was a University rower for UWE during my first degree and I am currently training for an Ultra Marathon (44.5 miles). 

Why am I pursuing further study?

I first discovered a love for environment (specifically Geography) while undertaking my GCSEs and the passion has only increased year on year. Unlike many students studying at this level, unfortunately I didn't take A-Levels seriously and pretty much failed them all (including Geography!).

It took two years before I realised my mistake and started my mission to succeed and to achieve as much as possible. I applied to the University of the West of England in Bristol to study for a BSc in Geography and Environmental Management; to my surprise, I was accepted! After three years of hard work, including working part-time and being on the rowing squad I achieved my goal to graduate with First Class Honours. During this three years I learnt that I am capable of producing high quality work and that the A-level period was a simple mistake. Like many students I found finding work tough at first but managed to find a position very soon after graduating. I worked for around 18 months before realising that nothing was as satisfying as academic study, and so I decided to return to university. Over the 18 months, I always wondered if it was a mistake not studying for a master's immediately as I had achieved a top classification in my first degree.

I applied for the MSc in Environmental Policy and Management on a part-time basis as I had no other means of funding the tuition or maintenance. I recently completed the first year while working almost full time which was extremely stressful and not enjoyable. However, I have managed to maintain an overall average to keep me on course to achieve Distinction. I have come to the conclusion that in order to achieve my next goal of graduating with another top level classification, I must dramatically reduce my working hours, or even stop them completely. The problem with this is that my salary only just covers tuition and maintenance and I cannot afford to reduce my hours at work as I need the funds for university.

Your generosity can help me fulfill my goal!

Why £6,500?

  • £6,500 is a modest figure and is also the cost of tuition fees for the course. I also have other commitments to take care of throughout the acadmeic year which I hope to be able to raise through working, these include: 
  • Rent: £407.50/month
  • Bills and food: £300/month
  • Social activities: £?? (very low social life while working full time and studying part time)

Essentially, I cannot sustain myself financially throughout the year if I am to achieve my full potential and graduate with Distinction.


For those kind enough to donate, I can guarantee that I will use my knowledge to protect and improve the natural environment throughout my career. Additionally, have a look at other ways I will send my thanks, whatever the amount, I intend to thank you in the best way possible.

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