Prof John Sawkins

What motivated you to do a PhD?

My motivation for undertaking a PhD came from the desire to follow an academic career and spend time researching an area of interest to me (the economics of the water industry).  The experience was intellectually challenging and rewarding. Challenging as I acquired and deployed new quantitative and qualitative research skills. Rewarding as the research enabled me to work with a diverse range of stakeholders in developing an understanding of the legal, regulatory and economic context within which firms in the industry operated. The skills I acquired have proved invaluable throughout my career.

What impact of the funding did the funding have on your career?

Without funding from the Trust I would have been unable to take up the opportunity of studying for a doctorate.  On completion of my PhD at the University of Edinburgh I secured a junior lectureship in economics at the University of Aberdeen, moving to Heriot-Watt University in 1995.  Since then I have served as Head of Department, Dean of the University and am currently Deputy Principal (Learning and Teaching).

What does your current work entail?

As Deputy Principal (Learning and Teaching) at Heriot-Watt University I have senior management responsibility for academic quality and standards, and the development and implementation of Heriot-Watt University’s learning and teaching strategy

What advice would you give to students thinking of applying?

Seize the opportunity of applying for a Carnegie Trust Scholarship. And later, true to the benefactor’s wishes, pay back as much as you can for the benefit of future Scholars.

Awarded: PhD Scholarship

Field: Economics

University: University of Edinburgh

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