P1 Marine Foundation and The Crown Estate in student partnership

Tom Stringell, winner presenting his work at the 2014 Awards

Tom Stringell, winner presenting his work at the 2014 Awards

London 8th January: P1 Marine Foundation is proud to announce that The Crown Estate will be the principal partner for its National Student Awards ceremony in February.

Conceived and launched by P1 Marine Foundation in 2011, the National Student Awards celebrate and reward students in higher education who present outstanding research that will help to protect and conserve the marine and coastal environment.

The Crown Estate is one of the UK’s largest coastal and marine landowners, including around half the UK’s foreshore as well as UK seabed out to 12 nautical miles. It actively manages these resources to ensure their sustainable development over the long term and unlock value, with a diverse range of interests from offshore energy, marine aggregates, cables and pipelines, through to aquaculture, marinas, ports and harbours.

Students from national universities and colleges across the UK were invited to submit their projects to a judging panel of leading figures in the world of science and environmental sector that included; Dr Laura Foster, Marine Conservation Society Pollution Programme Manager and Maya Plass, Marine Biologist and broadcaster.

This new partnership will provide support to outstanding projects, with the funding going directly to the winning students to enable them to continue their research in marine conservation. The Awards include a P1 Marine Foundation prize of £1000 for the winner, £500 for the runner-up and the Wakefield Memorial Award of £500.

Olivia Thomas, Senior Marine Policy Manager for The Crown Estate said: “Our beaches and seabed are an invaluable resource, whether that’s through diverse natural habitats or enabling offshore renewable energy. We’re delighted to have sponsored the National Student Awards 2016 and help inspire the next generation to improve the sustainable use of our marine environment through celebrating their achievements and vital contribution to marine research.”

The Awards ceremony will take place at the end of February at a central London venue where the winners will be given the opportunity to showcase their research to an invited audience including representatives of related charities, businesses and leading academics.

The Crown Estate joins the Marine Conservation Society’s Wakefield Memorial Award and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology as a partner of the National Student Awards.

The Crown Estate support for the Awards extends its relationship with the Foundation, which includes sponsorship of the Coast Explorer programme, where over 1500 young people have taken part in an outdoor education programme focused on marine ecology, renewable energy and climate change.