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Turning the marketing talent of today into the leaders of tomorrow

The Marketing Academy is a non-profit and voluntary organisation who develop leadership capability in talented marketers from the Marketing, Advertising and Communications industries through mentoring coaching and experiential learning. All of The Marketing Academy programmes are provided free of charge.
The Scholarship – a year long, part time programme for 30 of the UK’s fastest rising star in marketing, advertising and communications. For more information click here
The Fellowship - Equips CMO’s and Marketing Directors with the tools, knowledge and insight to make the move onto Boards and into General Management / MD / CEO roles. For more information click here 
the apprentice link
Merlin's Apprentice – 12 month full paid Marketing Apprenticeship for young adults who because of challenging backgrounds, lack or qualifications or poor life choices are normally overlooked for this kind of work experience. For more information click here

the scholarship

86 Mentors, 37 Companies, 30 Coaches, 30 Charities, 20 Judges, 12 months of learning and an owl called Merlin...altogether adds up to The Marketing Academy Scholarship.

The Marketing Academy draws together a team of high profile business leaders and innovators to inspire, develop and coach the UK's best Marketing talent to go on to shape the future of Marketing and Business. In pursuit of our mission to inspire and develop, The Marketing Academy Scholarship provides 30 places on a year-long, free of charge, leadership development programme for the fastest rising marketing stars.

This unique part time Scholarship offers a life changing opportunity to rising stars currently working in the fields of marketing, communications and advertising.

For more information please download our Guide to the Scholarships

fabulous 5th birthday party

The Marketing Academy is five years old this year so we've decided to get the entire industry together to celebrate and in doing so, with your help, change the lives of 50 young people…in one night, because every single penny of the profits will go to the Merlin’s Apprentice £1m fund.

We developed Merlin’s Apprentice in partnership with The Princes Trust and it is a unique initiative that funds 12 month fully-salaried apprenticeships to ensure the future of talent diversity in Marketing, Media and Advertising for years to come. Merlin’s Apprenticeships are awarded to 18 to 24 year olds who, because of lack of qualifications, challenging backgrounds or poor life choices, wouldn’t otherwise get any hope of an opportunity like this.

We need everyone to get involved by either sponsoring, buying tables, making donations or giving us wonderful stuff to auction, raffle or giveaway. This is a real opportunity for brands and agencies, big and small, to come together on one night and leave a legacy for the next generation.

And… with some rather special guests on the stage, a superstar DJ on the decks, a three course dinner with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks, it’s going to be a fantastic night.

To book a table or a seat and to find out more click here


meet merlin

Meet Merlin our mascot

merlin the mentor

Careers Development Special

Make sure that 2015 is the year you move forward in your career.  Marketing Academy Mentors, Fellows and Alumni talk to Marketing Week and give their advice top tips for career success. To find out more click here


the scholars blog

Seven Ways Leaders Can Energise Their Team – from down under

One of the extraordinary opportunities afforded to you as a scholar of The Marketing Academy is to have one-on-one time ...
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“Be yourself, everyone else is taken” by 2014 Scholar Jonathan Gibbs

I’m not usually one for self-reflective prose talking about “Journeys” “Discoveries” or “Light Bulb Moments ...
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Borrowing advice with pride…. by 2014 Scholar Muiris Ó Riada

The Marketing Academy scholarship year for me has been about seizing the moments, so in continuing with the theme – he ...
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Don’t Climb The Ladder, Fly

Have you seen out the advertising campaign for our 2015 Scholarship programme yet?  If you haven’t then scroll down t ...
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The Merlin Lectures

The Marketing Academy is committed to developing all talent – not just our Scholars - so we’ve found a way to share some of our learning opportunities to a wider audience.

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