The business community provides us with a growing proportion of our charitable income. But it’s not just financial support that makes companies such valued partners: many offer mentoring and work placements to students, as well as the possibility of a career.
Here are just some of the ways in which corporate partners help us to support the brightest minds and the best ideas.
Lloyds offers financial support, paid internships and skills development to ensure that students from lower income households get the best chance to realise their potential. Scholars are asked to do 100 hours of volunteering in return, giving them the opportunity to face fresh challenges, develop new skills and make a difference to their local community. Over the past year, Lloyds has supported 15 scholars, with plans for many more.
“I am very proud to call myself a Lloyds scholar and I am extremely grateful for the fantastic opportunities it has given me.”
Angie Fuller, Lloyds Scholar
EY has supported our Accounting & Finance students since 2008. Along with financial support, it offers a summer placement and a paid year- long industrial placement at an EY office, giving students the chance to work with global clients, learn from senior staff and build professional networks. EY also offers the possibility of a full-time job when students graduate and provides additional support to students from low income households or those with a disability.
“I would like to thank EY for both the substantial scholarship support and the summer and third year placements which are invaluable and provide an exciting opportunity to work in the real world at a highly regarded firm.”
Ryan Jafri, EY Scholar
Santander Universities has worked with Bath for over ten years. They have supported everything from a student dyslexia centre to a languages library, as well as international scholarships, scholarships in the arts and sports, and postgraduate research. Santander also funds work placements to support local businesses, and mobility awards to enable our students to study at partner universities around the world.
“Being awarded the Santander music scholarship presented me with new opportunities such as the work skills placement within a Santander branch, and allowed me to explore further career options for the future. I am hoping to do the graduate scheme in banking next year.”
Rose White, Santander Arts Scholar for Piano and Voice
BP is in the final year of a four year £1m scholarship scheme for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and in its first year for Business/Economics.
It funds the Centurion Awards for academic achievement and contributions to university life, and the BP Outreach Awards for student ambassadors who promote STEM subjects to children and young people. BP also funds Team Bath Racing’s student society, the Racing Submarine Team as well as research at our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies.
“We are really proud to support these talented individuals and look forward to hearing how they progress over the coming years.”
Siobhan Rogan, BP’s Early Engagement Manager