The Tetley Tea brand company based in Greenford announced that Brunel University would receive its 2014 Magical Moments Scholarships for the third year running.

Tata Beverages and Brunel Urban Scholars


The scheme intends to encourage fair access for students to their education and promotes businesses to help create jobs by providing opportunities for young people after the company signed up to the Social Mobility Compact in 2012.

The £15,000 scholarship scheme required a 300 word submission on the theme ‘Magical Moments,’ where the entrants were asked to describe a hidden moment of their day that makes it stand out from the rest. Ashley Toppin-Hector won the highest award of £3,000 where his 26 mile commute from South London to Brunel University took him along a voyage through time that he and others could experience.

Ashley was asked about the scholarship and said: “I’m delighted to have been given an opportunity to participate in the competition and I’m elated that my submission was deemed worthy of the top award.

When faced with the 'Magical Moments' task I really just allowed my pen to run away along with my thoughts. I would like to thank Tata Global Beverages for their kind gesture; it is very much appreciated and will prove to be invaluable; contributing towards funding for relevant CPD seminars, workshops and courses that will help me on my route to Chartered Engineer status."

Other successful students awarded scholarships from Brunel University were: Tycjan Jaworski; Kane Harrison; Evangeline Chamdal; Kateri Dabreo; Joshua Maguire; Marley Edwards and Romell Dawkins.

The scholarship offers grants for students at the university who have taken part in the Urban Scholars Programme and range between £1,200 to £3,000.

CEO of Tata Global Beverages, Ajoy Misra, said: “Our Magical Moments Scholarships are founded on the belief that young people should have fair access to education regardless of their background or situation.

We are proud to continue our association with Brunel’s Urban Scholars programme and its proven success in surfacing talent and raising aspirations.

This year’s submissions were an inspiration to us all, demonstrating that magical moments are often to be found in the simplest of things, from catching up with friends, to enjoying a cup of tea or a hobby.”

Director of the Brunel Able Children’s Centre (BACE) which operates the Urban Scholars programme, Professor Valsa Koshy, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Tata Global Beverages for the third year running. The Urban Scholars programme has been a huge success for Brunel, ensuring pupils have every opportunity to excel, regardless of their background or the type of school they attend. The scholarships will give these students the support they need to achieve at the very highest level.”

The Urban Scholars Programme offers a range of critical thinking, writing and improvising skills and its aim is to enhance student academic performance and aspirations. While doing so, the university works alongside partnerships, parents and teams up with scholarship programmes to allow students to reach their full potential and build their self confidence by using their talents,