Lloyds Scholars programme successes for Sheffield

Students from the University of Sheffield enrolled in a scholarship programme with banking giant Lloyds celebrated after one scooped an excellence award and two were highly commended at an end of course ceremony.

The Lloyds Scholars programme rewards students from below average income families to study at leading universities including Sheffield with bursaries and support as well as work experience opportunities in return for volunteering in their community.

mediumZoe Faulkner, aged 19, a Business Management student, won the Chief Executive Challenge for second year students and fellow Sheffield students Alex O’Neill and Hannah Townsend were commended for their efforts at the excellence awards for the top scholars in London on Thursday, 15 November 2012.

Zoe said: "For the Chief Executive Challenge, while I was doing my internship, I wrote a report on how Lloyds Bank could attract and hold on to students better. I’m delighted to have won. The programme has been really good and I’ve had the opportunity to make an impact. After I accepted my place at the University I was made aware of the Lloyds Scholars Programme and I fit the criteria so I applied and was successful."

Another scholar Carl Baker gave a very entertaining speech about his internship during the event at Plaisterers' Hall.

A total of 30 students from the University of Sheffield were part of the inaugural group to take part in the unique scheme which helps with living costs and study materials, provides two paid summer internships, a dedicated mentor, as well as lecture and workshops with the Lloyds Banking Group.

Rebecca Hughes, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "The University of Sheffield is continually working to ensure we give the opportunity of a world class education to a wide cross section of society. The Lloyds Scholarship Scheme means that outstanding young people can get the full benefit of university which may otherwise have not been available to them.

"Lloyds have set the pace with the scholarship scheme, delivering a fully rounded programme which supports young people not only financially but also prepares them for great careers and being active citizens."

Having gone through the process, the current Lloyds Scholars will also be asked to champion the programme to potential applicants, as well as using the benefit of their experience to offer help and advice.

Additional information

The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.

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The University of Sheffield
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