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Ecclesiastical bursary to support heritage projects

13 July 2006

Ecclesiastical Insurance has launched a five-year bursary scheme on heritage projects.

The scheme has been designed to fund 10 students to study the UCL MSc in Sustainable Heritage, a course that teaches professionals the skills to manage major heritage projects.

The course has attracted conservators, architects, archaeologists, surveyors and curators from around the world, and is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and supported by the National Trust and English Heritage.

Professor May Cassar [UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage], said: "All of the students who undertake this course share the belief that heritage has a future - one that is socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound.

"The course prepares them with the understanding required to manage heritage projects in the future."

She continued: "We're delighted to have the support of Ecclesiastical, a company with a commitment to preserving our heritage for the future."

Ian Wainwright, Ecclesiastical's chief surveyor, said: "The future needs heritage leaders who will help planning authorities and historic property owners to conserve and protect historic buildings and sites."

He added: "Without them, our heritage - stately homes, churches, archaeological sites and other significant buildings and areas of interest - will fall into misuse and disrepair."

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