Sky & Swansea University launch first ever Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholarship

Thursday 27 June 2019

Sky and Swansea University today announced the first ever global Hillary Rodham Clinton Scholarship programme.

The scholarships will support the next generation of leaders committed to addressing urgent global challenges, including the rights and protection of children online, the climate crisis and cyber security.

Each of the scholars will be selected over the summer and granted a fully-funded, postgraduate, one-year scholarship at Swansea University, starting in the autumn.

Launching the Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholarship, Secretary Clinton said:

“I’m delighted that this partnership between Sky and the School of Law at Swansea will be able to achieve something truly unique, with an urgency that the challenges we face today demand. The programme is a modern, flexible approach which combines the rigour of academic excellence with practical, real world impact. These scholars will embody our shared values of working together across disciplines and geographic boundaries to improve conditions and opportunities for all, and especially for women, children, the marginalised and the disenfranchised.”

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, Sky said:

“We are honoured to be the inaugural partner for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholarship and are immensely proud to support a programme so committed to building a better tomorrow.

As a society we face a number of global challenges and as a responsible business we recognise the importance of using our reach and voice to make a difference in addressing these, making an impact in the wider world, and helping others do the same.

I look forward to welcoming the scholars to the Sky family and exploring the good we can do together.”

Dean of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University, Professor Elwen Evans QC, said:

“This is a wonderfully exciting initiative and we are delighted to be working with Sky. These scholarships will support the delivery of a transformational programme and we hope that our students will be outward-looking in addressing the big issues. If we are to tackle the major challenges, such as climate, security, protecting children online, and inequality, we require innovative thinking and leadership, and a sustained commitment to transnational cooperation and collaboration.

“This programme capitalises on the considerable research expertise within the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law in order to provide students with an incredible opportunity to be undertake study into areas of global challenge, and to be equipped with the skills to undertake legal research and to effectively advocate for transformational change to law, policy and practice.”

For further information please contact:

Andrew Swailes, Director of Corporate Communications, Sky

Tel: 07975 688993 / email:

Delyth Purchase, Press Office Swansea University

Tel: 00 44 (0)1792 513022 / email:

Notes to editors

  • The announcement was made today at a meeting in London attended by Secretary Clinton, Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO Sky and Professor Elwen Evans QC, Dean of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea.
  • The Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Programme is a direct manifestation of the close links between the School of Law and Secretary Clinton, and is the first element of a wider strategic Global Challenges Programme, which will eventually include a doctoral research programme and relevant academic collaborations. As a flagship component of the Global Challenges programme, the MA will be limited to a select number of exceptional students, whose places are made possible through the partnership with Sky.
  • The Masters scholarships will be delivered as an executive, bespoke, taught programme and will include an external placement to allow scholars to gain real world insight and experience.Applications are now open via the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law website The closing date for applications is Wednesday 24 July 2019. Selection will take place over the summer with the first scholars expected to be taking up their places in October 2019.
  • In October 2017, Swansea University conferred an Honorary Award on former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in recognition of her political career, commitment to human rights, and her ancestral connections with Swansea. During the ceremony, Secretary Clinton gave a keynote lecture on children’s human rights and unveiled a plaque to mark the naming of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University.
  • Swansea University, which celebrates its centenary in 2020, is ranked in the UK top five for student satisfaction and won the What Uni Student Choice University of the Year Award in 2019.
  • With 23.7 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. We have 31,000 colleagues and together we want to connect our customers to more of what they love, including our award-winning original productions, like Patrick Melrose and Save Me, and great shows from our partners including HBO, Showtime and Warner Bros. And our ever-improving technology makes it even easier for customers to watch more of the shows they love with personalised recommendations and voice control and, our online streaming service, NOW TV, brings all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract free service.

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