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Women in Mining UK Announces Camborne School of Mines’ Scholarship Recipients

By 25/10/2021News

London – 25 October 2021:  Women in Mining UK (WIM UK) is delighted to announce Athena Atkinson and Rachael Sims are the recipients of this year’s WIM scholarships to the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) at of University of Exeter.  In addition, Rebekah Hathaway has been awarded the Polymetal Women in Mining UK scholarship and support package.

This is the sixth year WIM UK has partnered with the Camborne School of Mines Trust to offer scholarships at CSM to two promising women. This year, the WIM UK CSM scholarship programme was further expanded, with the third scholarship courtesy of Polymetal International plc (Polymetal), a leading precious metals mining group and FTSE100 constituent. Alongside the scholarship, Polymetal’s support includes the opportunity for the recipient to work with Polymetal for her dissertation project or, upon graduation, an internship.

Alex Buck, Managing Director at WIM UK, commented, “On behalf of WIM UK, congratulations to Athena, Rachael and Rebekah for their successful applications. We look forward to following their progress over the duration of their Masters’ course.  I would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our partners for their contribution towards funding these important scholarships, which encourage women to join the industry and help build the pipeline of female talent.”

Tania Tchedaeva, Director, Corporate Governance of Polymetal and a 2020 WIM100 alumna, added, “Congratulations to Rebekah, the recipient of Polymetal’s support package. At Polymetal we believe the industry must attract, empower and retain women and we are proud to take an active role in doing this.”

Earlier this year, WIM UK’s commitment to education was expanded to include a scholarship to the world-renowned Metals and Energy Finance MSc Programme at Imperial College London, which is being sponsored by the WIM UK’s Industry Partner, the World Gold Council for 2021/2022.

About Women in Mining UK (WIM UK)
WIM UK is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment, retention and advancement of women in the mining sector. We offer a suite of programmes and initiatives to progress women’s professional goals and career aspirations, from university all the way to Board level. These include a scholarship programme with the Camborne School of Mines and Imperial College London, an internship programme, a partnership with Women on Boards, and numerous networking, educational and mentoring events.  WIM UK publishes thought leadership articles and research as well as the biennial “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” (WIM100), which celebrates women’s contribution to the mining industry and identifies inspirational role models to encourage future generations of women to consider mining as a career choice.

Membership is free and open to everyone, regardless of gender or location. For more information about joining WIM UK, please visit our website:

Women in Mining UK contact
Ariadna D. Peretz
Head of Communications
T: +44 (0) 7488 495 969