Global energy company BP plc has donated £750,000 to The University of Nottingham to support students over the next three years.
Hundreds of undergraduates and postgraduates at the University will benefit from scholarship awards to help them reach their potential and achieve excellence in a range of academic fields.
Many scholarship recipients will be the first in their family to have entered higher education; others will be awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, through the BP International Scholarship Programme at The University of Nottingham.
Neil Morris, Technology Vice-President for Refining at BP plc, Emma Hardaker-Jones, Head of Resourcing, and Anna de St Croix, Graduate Resourcing Manager, visited The University of Nottingham on January 28 to meet Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway and attend a presentation to this year’s scholarship winners.
In the 2008-9 academic year alone, more than 120 students are directly benefiting from financial support offered under the programme. Hundreds more will receive support in the same way in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
The company has invested £750,000 in scholarships, primarily for students in the Faculties of Science and Engineering, the School of Economics and Nottingham University Business School. However a proportion of the total will be available to first-year undergraduates in all disciplines to support the University’s ‘First in the Family’ programme.
Professor Greenaway said: “BP and The University of Nottingham are leaders in their respective sectors with global reach. We have a shared interest in nurturing and developing the higher level skills which fuel the knowledge economy. This initiative will support a larger number of our students in a very tangible way. I congratulate those students who have been awarded a BP scholarship.
“I am very grateful to BP for their support. In recognition of this generosity, we are inviting BP to join the University’s College of Benefactors, which was established some ten ago to recognise all those who have made outstanding philanthropic contributions to Nottingham. We look forward to developing our relationship with BP still further in new areas of interest and partnership.”
BP will be formally admitted into the University’s College of Benefactors at a ceremony during graduation in July 2009.
Mr Morris said: “I’d like to congratulate all the recipients of these scholarships and I look forward to getting to know them over the years to come. I hope this will be the start of a relationship with BP that will stand them all in good stead, throughout their academic careers and beyond.”
Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to apply for a place on BP's intern programme, enabling them to benefit from hands-on work experience within one of the world’s biggest energy companies.
Ms Hardaker-Jones said: “As a business, we are very focused on developing talent — not just within the organisation but outside it as well. We are really starting to focus on how we invest in a sustainable relationship with students and this Scholarship Programme at Nottingham is very much a part of that investment. We chose Nottingham as part of a strategy of engaging with universities around the UK that have high calibre students and real strength across science and engineering.”
It is hoped that the scholarship programme will help to generate closer working links between BP plc and the University, particularly in the areas of sustainable and bio-energy technologies including bioenergy, carbon capture/storage, and geotechnical research, in which The University has a world-leading reputation. BP plc will also provide a series of high-profile lectures and seminars at the University.
The scholarships will be administered by the University’s Financial Support team within the Student Services Centre with the involvement of the Graduate School, academic schools and, where appropriate, BP.
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Notes to editors: The picture above shows some of the recipients of BP scholarships attending the award event on January 28.
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