Work in Progress Bursary

Work in Progress Bursary

Brewgooder exists to show that beer can be a powerful catalyst for opportunity and people empowerment. Since 2021 Brewgooder has supported Black and Minority Ethnic students wishing to start out on a career in brewing and distilling by studying on Heriot-Watt University’s world-leading Brewing and Distilling undergraduate course.

Since 2021 The Brewgooder Foundation has offered a scholarship opportunity for Scottish Black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) students to help improve diversity in the brewing industry. Successful applicants receive £2000 each year from Brewgooder for a total of four years whilst studying on the BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling course based in Edinburgh.

The International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University is renowned for its excellence in learning and teaching, with some of our own team graduating from the course, going on to full time employment with us after a short internship.

Thanuja Simmons, Operations Controller here at Brewgooder said of the partnership; “The Heriot Watt bursary in my opinion can be a changemaker and will help diversify the brewing industry which is mainly seen as dominated by young white men. I hope that having a bursary specifically to encourage people of colour will help the industry I’ve been part of for over 20 years attract more people who represent consumers and customers that drink our beer and visit our pubs . After all, “ You can’t be what you can’t see” and what the Heriot Watt Bursary offers is the opportunity to open the world of brewing to those who may not have felt welcome or were aware that there are university courses available.”

If you or someone you know would like to apply, please head to our page on Heriot-Watt’s website here The Brewgooder Work in Progress Bursary - Heriot-Watt University (

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