- Posted by Amy Bell
- On November 12, 2021
The 14th BSS Scholarship Awards ceremony was hosted by the new Spanish ambassador
and honorary president of the charity José Pascual Marco Martínez at the historic
embassy residence in Belgrave Square, London. It showcased a key activity of the BSS’s
charitable mission of cultural and educational engagement between the peoples of Spain
The ambassador in his opening remarks described the scholarship programme as a worthy
flagship of the charity with a long history of building bilateral educational and cultural links.
The BSS was investing in the future with the backing of its supporters and corporate
sponsors, he said, an example of a partnership between the charity not-for-profit and business
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the BSS had something special to celebrate,
supporting talented young Spanish and British researchers and innovators working for the
benefit of civic society in a range of fields from historical research and musical composition
to health and sustainable development.
The evening was the BSS’s first live event at the Spanish embassy since lockdown. It had
winning scholars talking about their projects followed by a short cello recital by Pablo
Tejedor, and a convivial vino , tortilla and jamón ibérico supplied by COVAP.
Co-chairing the awards ceremony were BSS trustee and head of the scholarship programme
Dr Marina Pérez de Arcos, and BSS trustee and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of
Industry Dr Mike Short CBE.
“We are pleased to have received so many exceptional applications this year and are
delighted to offer financial and institutional support to such talented British and
Spanish graduate students thanks to the generosity and commitment of our corporate
supporters. The scholarships programme distinguishes the BritishSpanish Society from
other country-to-Britain friendship charities, and the awards ceremony was a
wonderful opportunity to finally meet our 2020-2021 winners in person and celebrate
their research, impact and success.” Marina Pérez de Arcos.
The event was attended by senior corporate executives, and other distinguished British and
Spanish supporters of the BSS from the world of education, media, culture, science,
diplomacy, and the voluntary sector. Among the special guests was the celebrity
horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena and the Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero , and
two of the charity’s patrons Baroness Hooper and Lady Brennan.
(A big GRACIAS to Mike Short, Marina Pérez de Arcos and the judging panel; the
BSS admin team Cristina Oses and Maria Soriano; BSS Treasurer Juan Reig; Spanish
embassy Cultural attaché Miguel Oliveros and other members of the Spanish embassy staff;
and to the scholarship programme’s principal supporters, Santander Universities, BBVA,
Cañada Blanch Fundación, Cuatrecasas, and Plastic Energy, and individual donations by
members of the BSS led by three of the charity’s patrons, the Duke of Wellington, Dame
Denise Holt and John Scanlan..)
View pictures of the awards in our gallery here.
The awards this year went to:
María Gamboa Pérez , London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, PhD in Biomathematics. ‘Estudio del efecto de
la vacunación en modelos de epidemias con transmisión estocástica’
José María Álvarez Hernández, King’s College London, PhD in History.
‘Black African Political Thought and its Impact on British and Spanish Imperial
Foreign Policy (1725–1743)’
Santander Universities – Humanities (History)
Lourdes Barquín Sanmartín, University of Edinburgh, PhD in Applied
Linguistics, Hispanic Linguistics. ‘The acquisition of the Spanish mood, tense and
modality in English-native learners of Spanish as a second and as a third language. A
contrastive study of cross-linguistic transfers between English, French and Spanish.’
BBVA – Humanities (Literature and Language)
Anna Rimmer, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Master’s in
Economics and Finance (undergraduate from Cambridge in Economics). ‘The Spanish
Miracle and the UK Golden Age: An Institutional Analysis of the Post-War Expansion in
Spain and the United Kingdom.’
Cuatrecasas – Social Sciences
Eduardo Andrés Carcavilla Díaz, Architectural Association, School of Architecture
MA of Architecture, Architecture Arts. ‘The principles of urban resilience in the face of
global uncertainties. Building units that can change Urban Areas’.
Fundación Cañada Blanch –Urban resilience
Jesús Manuel Muñoz Tejeda, Imperial College of London, PhD in Aerospace
Engineering. ‘Characterization and Performance Enhancement of a Water Electrolysis Hall
Plastic Energy – Engineering
Pablo Tejedor Gutiérrez, trained cellist, pursuing an artist diploma in early music
performance at the Royal College of Music, London. ‘ Idas y Venidas’ : The Enlightenment’s
music between Spain and Britain.