Education Fund Scheme
During Bernard Coe's chairmanship in 1998, the society set up an Education Fund Scheme (Hardship Fund). The Education Fund Scheme makes three awards annually in order to provide some financial support for Thai students facing financial difficulty due to the economic crisis. Since its inception, the Education Fund Scheme has thrived and the society has helped a number of Thai students.
• A Financial Support Fund: An award of £500, for a student who has financial difficulty in her/his final year, to help them to finish their study.
• Two Education Support Funds: Two awards of £250 each to help subsidise the cost of preparing a thesis, or for a student to present a paper at an international conference.
Educational Awards for Excellence
In 2005, under the Chairmanship of Professor Philip Stott, the society launched a scheme of Educational Awards for Excellence. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge the achievement and excellence of Thai postgraduate students carrying out research at British universities.
The Awards originally took place at the Oriental Club, London, during the Winter Reception in November. It attracted great interest and support from various prestigious sponsors, including strong support from the Royal Thai Embassy and Khunying Narisa Chakrabongse. Initially there were two academic categories: Arts and Science. The winners of these first two category awards were students from Goldsmith’s College, University of the Arts, London and from Warwick University for Science.
The scheme continues to receive a huge response from Thai students across the UK. The number of categories has now grown to six. Science and Medicine were divided into two categories because of the large numbers of applicants.
• Humanity & Social Science
• Engineering & Technology
The entries are judged by an independent panel of academics.
From November 2014 the Awards became a self-funding event in its own right at The Office of Educational Affairs, [The Royal Thai Embassy]. This is a most appropriate venue as OEA supports Thai scholars and privately funded students studying in the UK.
The Awards continue to attract prestigious sponsors who wish to be associated with an event which recognizes the tremendous wealth of talent of Thai students in the UK. Sponsorship for the Awards is most welcome from individuals, societies and companies.