We support scholarships for high performing students at three highly acclaimed institutions. These institutions offer a broad number of courses and the Company awards Scholarships in a number of fields, wholly funded by the Distillers’ Charity.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust
The Company awards students a Diploma and Professional Certificate in Spirits; in addition, a scholarship is awarded to the student obtaining the highest marks in the Spirits section of the WSET’s Diploma examinations. WSET courses are not only available to UK students, but increasingly are under-taken by a growing number of students from countries across the world. To date 1,000 candidates have successfully taken the Professional Certificate Spirits Course.
Diana Lyalle receives Worshipful Company of Distillers’ Diploma Prize
Diana received her prize from Martin Riley, Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, and Steven Spurrier on Monday night when over 500 global wine and spirits professionals and industry influencers gathered at the City of London’s historic Guildhall to celebrate the annual WSET Awards & Graduation Ceremony – the first event in the WSET’s 50th anniversary year.
Hosted by WSET Honorary President Steven Spurrier alongside WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris, the occasion saw Sarah Jane Evans MW, last year’s WSET Outstanding Alumni Award winner, open the ceremony with a key note speech to the largest ever graduating class of Diploma candidates. This year 532 new WSET Diploma graduates were honoured, representing a 21 per cent increase over last year. Graduates came from over 40 countries worldwide ranging from Chile to South Korea to Croatia. This compares to WSET’s first ever graduation ceremony in 1970 when 84 students from the UK received their diplomas.
Diana from Wraxall, Somerset, won the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ Diploma Prize as a student working in the UK wine and spirits trade who achieved outstanding results in the WSET Diploma Unit 4 – Spirits of the World exam. She will receive funds to study a spirit producing region of her choice. Diana, who completed her qualification at WSET Approved Programme Provider West of England Wine School, is Wine & Spirits Education Manager at The Wine Shop, Winscombe, Somerset. Diana funded herself through her WSET Diploma, while working as a lawyer.
Outstanding WSET performances recognised by Worshipful Company of Distillers
On 23 January 2017, wine and spirits professionals from across the world gathered at London’s Guildhall to celebrate the annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Awards and Graduation. Hosted by WSET Honorary President, Gérard Basset and Chief Executive, Ian Harris, the leading global provider of wines and spirits qualifications honoured the WSET Diploma graduates from the 2015/16 academic year and presented 49 awards to outstanding candidates.
The Worshipful Company of Distillers presented two awards: Salvatore Damiano, Bar Manager at Larder House and Library of Liquors was awarded a travel grant of £500 to study a spirit producing region for outstanding performance in WSET Level Two Award in Spirits, and William Lay, Product Development Manager at WX was awarded a travel grant of £1,000 to study UK distilleries for outstanding results in the Unit Four Spirits of the World exam of WSET Level Four Diploma in Wines and Spirits.
Institute of Brewing & Distilling
Each year, the Company awards a prize to the candidate with the highest mark in the Distilling Diploma, Module 2. In 2015, this was awarded to Aisling Burke from Pernod Ricard. In addition, an award is given to the candidate with the highest mark in the Fundamentals of Distilling paper and, in 2015, this was awarded to Emma Head of Diageo. In 2015, the Distillers’ Scholarship was awarded to Alan Wardlaw, also from Diageo.
Heriot-Watt University – International Centre for Brewing and Distilling
The MSc programme lasts for one year and includes a substantial research project. The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. In 2015, the MSc/Post-Graduate Diploma sponsored by the Company was awarded to Camden Winkelstein.