The MSc in Environmental Technology maintains strong links with alumni students in the business sector and has been privileged to be awarded a series of prizes from some of the top companies in the environmental arena.

Winners 2019/2020 


Helena Bennett


Helena worked as the Sustainability Lead in PwC's Disruption & Innovation team prior to this Master's, and she is a passionate climate activist, having been involved with Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace in the past, and now also works in a supporting role for the Climate Vulnerable Forum. Helena's thesis research was looking at the link between human rights and climate change, and assessing the potential impact of a UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change. Helena hopes to move into the field of climate justice in her career, alongside maintaining the social media page she uses to educate and inform others about climate change. 

  • Ross Makuch Memorial Law Prize

"Studying environmental law was a highlight for me, and it was a privilege being taught by a true professional in the field; thank you Zen for sharing all your wisdom and insight with us!"

  • The Aether Prize

"The GECP classes were the highlight of the Masters for me. We had an excellent group of people and brilliant tutors in Karen and Zen. The best aspect of GECP learning was looking at climate change from a social and humanitarian point of view - something I believe is often overlooked in the climate discourse - and which therefore was incredibly valuable to myself and other students. I'm so grateful to have been awarded this prize, and a huge thank you to everyone that made this part of the course so enjoyable!"

Heather Smith


I came to Imperial following an undergraduate degree in Biological Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in ecological conservation. The MSc in Environmental Technology allowed me to explore the social challenges surrounding the protection of our environment, particularly through environmental economics and policy (my chosen specialisation). My thesis explored the historical development of the Public Money for Public Goods principle - the foundation of the post-Brexit Agriculture Act. This gave me a rewarding opportunity to interview MPs, civil servants, NGO representatives, and leading agricultural economists.

Since finishing my Master's I have started work in the civil service as a policy advisor for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where I work on trade policy following the end of the Brexit transition period. I hope to move towards environmental policy in the near future; right now, I am enjoying the excitement in the department around COP26 and net-zero.

  • AECOM (First Prize)

"I am both surprised and extremely grateful to be awarded the AECOM prize this year. The learning I gained from this Master's is a testament to both the fantastic supervisors and lecturers I had the opportunity to learn from - particularly Professor Clive Potter, Dr. Yiannis Kountouris, and doctoral student Hermann Kam -, and the intelligent and kind cohort who made up the course. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to AECOM for their generosity in sponsoring this prize."

Alistair Shepheard-Walwyn

Prior to starting at Imperial, I had A-levels in a bizarre combination of English, Maths and French and an undergraduate degree in philosophy. I’m a keen squash player although playing at Imperial made me realise quite how much worse than the average keen squash player I was. While I did not engage too heavily with the societies at Imperial, this was mainly because my course mates kept me busy with new and interesting activities every few weeks. Bouldering, hiking and cycling are just a few of the things I would not have learned to love if it weren’t for the amazing people on the course encouraging me to come along. It was a fantastic year and I would recommend it to anyone who is even tempted.

  • AECOM (Runner-up Prize)

"Receiving the AECOM prize was amazing. From what I have researched of them they seem to be doing some amazing work integrating natural capital into their consultancy work. It’s great to have companies like AECOM looking at the graduates coming from the MSc and I’ve even started the application process to join them. Obviously, a cash prize is a nice little bonus too."

Frederick Saunders


I am very proud to have been awarded the AECOM 2nd prize. Studying Environmental Technology has thoroughly opened my understanding and perspectives of climate and environmental issues. My independent research topic allowed me to explore deeper into decarbonisation policy strategies and barriers, using COVID-19 as an example of how governments respond to crises. Most of all, the course has been fantastic because of the people I have met, and whose friendships and wisdom I value deeply. I feel extremely fortunate to have been in a position where I am able to study this Masters and I could not have been awarded this prize without the support and guidance of my course convenors, Karen and Zen Makuch. This course allowed me to further my knowledge in the areas that most interest me: decarbonisation, global politics and international development, and I am hoping to initiate a career in these topics going forward.

  • AECOM (Runner-up Prize)

"Thank you to all those who made the past year as wonderful as it was.”

Scarlett Quinn-Savory


Scarlett specialised in the Environmental Assessment and Management option of the course. Prior to Imperial, she graduated with an MSci in Earth Sciences from UCL. Her thesis saw her develop ‘A Simplified Approach to Quantify Air Pollution Reduction from Traffic Change Scenarios’, to allow changes in exposure to pollutant concentrations to be included in Health Impact Assessments of traffic abatement policy more easily

  • Nigel Bell Prize

“Writing my thesis allowed me to develop new skills and has been extremely fulfilling - I’m surprised and happy to be jointly awarded the Nigel Bell Prize!”

Linh Vu


I am a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and environmentally conscious graduate with a good understanding of the workings of the water industry in the UK and other European countries. I graduated from St Mary’s University Twickenham with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and I progressed to achieve a Master’s degree in Environmental Technology degree from Imperial College London. Throughout my Master’s degree, I became increasingly interested in water pollution management and my thesis involved an analysis of the scale and magnitude of Combined Sewage Overflow pollution in England. I am fortunate to be supported by a loving family, amazing supervisors and staff at CEP.

  • Nigel Bell Prize

”Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. -Paulo Coelho”

Maaike Tiersma


Maaike Tiersma completed her MSc dissertation with Nestle, contributing to their net-zero strategy; her analysis of their agriculture suppliers identified carbon mitigation interventions and quantified the potential for reductions in supply chain emissions. Maaike is now working on impact investment research and business opportunities in the low-carbon transition. Prior to studying at Imperial, Maaike was a Fulbright scholar in Chile working on climate change adaptation and completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University.

  • Adnams Prize

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from an inspiring cohort this year and especially to the B&E students who worked on designing and evaluating sustainable enterprises. Social, environmental and economic priorities have trade-offs. But the outcomes of these three areas are also interrelated—businesses which positively impact the environment and society are also positioned to benefit economically.”

Bronwen Hunter

Bronwen Hunter

I started my MSc at Imperial after completing an undergraduate degree in Biology at University of Oxford and a year working in accountancy in London. I liked how the Environmental Technology course allowed me to apply my scientific understanding of ecological sustainability to current environmental issues and policy. The option and thesis terms, in particular, really made me fall in love with the subject and ultimately motivated me to pursue further study. In my thesis, I explored and evaluated the evidence-base for ecological mitigation measures commonly applied to UK housing developments. I'm now a PhD student in Conservation Science at University of Sussex, in which I'm applying text-mining and other data science approaches to global analyses of wildlife exploitation. Although I now work in a different subject area, my thesis gave me a great insight into independent research and the importance of academic collaboration.

  • Environmental Resources Management Prize

    "Being awarded the ERM prize is the icing on the cake to a great year at CEP! Particular thanks go to my thesis supervisors for their fantastic guidance and support."

Prizes and Awards 

Environmental Resources Management Prize

A prize awarded for best thesis, showing originality and innovation; sound theoretical basis; critically applied methodology; incisive discussion and wider implications and practical application. 

Ross Makuch Memorial Law Prize

An annual award to a postgraduate student from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology for the best overall performance on the Environmental Law course of the MSc in Environmental Technology.


AECOM (First Prize)

An annual award for the most outstanding overall course performance on the MSc Environmental Technology.

“AECOM is delighted to support the annual awards for outstanding overall course performance on the MSc Environmental Technology. The content of the MSc is very relevant to the environmental work that AECOM undertakes to address the major sustainability challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss.”


AECOM (Runner-up Prize)

An annual award for the second most outstanding overall course performance on the MSc Environmental Technology. 

 Adnams Prize

An award for Excellence in Business and the Environment.

“We are proud to support, recognise and congratulate Maakie on this achievement.  At Adnams, we have for decades and will continue to learn, share and make changes to address climate justice - business can and should be a force for good.”

Nigel Bell Prize

An award for the best research thesis on a topic related to pollution management.

The Aether Prize

An award for best overall academic performance on the Global Environmental Change & Policy Option of the MSc Environmental Technology.

“Aether is pleased to sponsor the prize for the Global Environmental Change and Policy module of the Environmental Technology MSc at Imperial. We’re always excited to see their work, and a few of our staff graduated from this module.”

The Professor Tony Goddard Prize 

The Prize will be awarded to the student adjudged by the College to have produced the best MSc research thesis in the field of Sustainable Energy within the Centre for Environmental Policy.

The Oraee Fund

A generous donation from CEP alumni brothers Dr Behdeen Oraee (PhD Centre for Environmental Policy 2014) and Dr Nikzad Oraee (MSc Management 2010, PhD Centre for Environmental Policy 2013) has enabled the Oraee Fund that supports five awards each year for students in the Centre for Environmental Policy.