Global energy company BP plc
has pledged £800,000 to The University of Nottingham, as part of a new scholarship programme to support students over the next four years.
The BP scholarship programme will provide 10 scholarships, each worth £5,000, to the University in its first year, to support talented science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) undergraduates throughout their degree courses. As the scholarship fund is rolled out over the following three years it will be awarded to a further 10 students each year, to support them for the entirety of their studies.
Already a major supporter of scholarships at The University of Nottingham, this is the first year that BP, one of the UK’s leading graduate recruiters, has rolled out the new programme which is aimed at building capacity in skills and knowledge which are greatly needed in the energy industry. The programme focuses on supporting the education and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists and the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Business Engagement at The University of Nottingham, Professor Chris Rudd said; “BP is a strategic partner of this University and our two organisations have a shared understanding of the importance of global opportunities. Working together to train a new cadre of globally aware graduates adds an innovative dimension to our relationship and will set a new standard for higher education — business partnerships.”
Emma Judge, Head of Graduate Resourcing at BP, said; “STEM graduates’ problem solving and quick thinking capabilities help drive innovation and development in business. BP is committed to investing in tomorrow’s talent, from all social backgrounds, and preparing students for long and successful careers — and we’d like them to be in the energy sector.”
In each year of their degree BP scholars will be invited to participate in a range of activities both on campus and on site with BP. These will include a two to three day interactive event designed to help students understand more about the oil and gas industry. It will also give students the chance to apply for the BP internship and graduate programme early.
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More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.
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