Richard Sandbrook Award

The ODA Richard Sandbrook Award was established by the ODA in January 2009, to commemorate the work of former pupil Richard Sandbrook, OBE (1946-2005).

Richard (OD 59-64) was one of the leading influences in the creation of what we today know as the environment and sustainable development movement. He was the co-founder of Friends of the Earth, Executive Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development and was a widely sought-after advisor and facilitator working with a huge range of people and causes including The Prince of Wales, the United Nations, Water Aid, WWF, Save The Children, UK Government and many others. He was awarded the OBE in 1990.

Award Aims

To promote an awareness in the School and amongst Old Dauntseians of the meaning of sustainable development. In particular, its inter-related goals of conservation of the environment, economic development, social well being and good governance. In doing so, it is hoped to encourage intiative, enterprise and collaboration in order to ensure that today's demand does not compromise tomorrow's supply.

Previous Awards

Projects we have funded in the past include providing clean water in a third world community, research into the promotion of sustainable marine ecosystems, and promoting personal, social or economic development in post-conflict communities.

Last year's winner

Last year’s winner of the 2016 Richard Sandbrook Award was Upper Sixth pupil, Moira Connor who set out to raise awareness of the growing problem of plastic pollution in our seas and on our beaches, and to support the Marine Conservation Societies’ (MCS) ‘Beachwatch’ campaign.

Moira completed six beach surveys in the Southern Hebrides. On one beach it took Moira and her friends just one hour to collect litter from a 100 metre stretch of remote Atlantic-facing beach. It then took a further five hours to sort and count it for the survey. A total of 777 plastic bottle tops were counted, plus a lot more rubbish. Moira raised almost £1,000 for the Marine Conservation Society.  

Please download brochure for 2017 here and do not hesitate to contact the Foundation Office should you have any queries. Email: foundation@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Essential Info

The Award is open to current Sixth Form pupils at Dauntsey's and ODs, aged 18-25.

Up to £1,500 will be awarded.

The closing date for bids is Friday 24 March 2017.  The winner or winners will be notified by early May 2017.

The Award is available to anyone who is planning a trip, project or research which promotes sustainable development in some shape or form. Applications may involve existing or new projects, study or research, and can be anywhere in the world regarding any area of sustainable development; all proposals will be considered!

 We are looking for bids from projects that demonstrate initiative and originality, have clear objectives and show sound planning and budgeting. 

Send your application to:

The Selection Committee
ODA Richard Sandbrook Award
c/o Foundation Office
Dauntsey’s School
West Lavington
SN10 4HE
Tel: 01380 814664