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FIRST XV: QUEEN'S WELCOMES LLOYD'S SCHOLARS IN NEW PARTNERSHIP 

26 October 2017

Fifteen talented undergraduates selected for the Lloyds Scholars programme in partnership with Queen’s were announced at a business breakfast at the University recently (19.10.17).

The 15 students from across Northern Ireland were selected from over 2,000 undergraduates who applied to the award-winning Lloyds Scholars programme, which is part of Lloyds Banking Group’s social mobility programme.

Of the nine UK universities partnered on the programme with Lloyds Banking Group, which operates primarily as the Halifax in Northern Ireland, Queen’s is the only university in Northern Ireland. The programme – which is specifically for students from a widening participation background – involves financial support, paid internships, professional mentoring and opportunities to develop employability skills.

Participants will each receive bursaries of £1,000 per year, performance related cash awards for good grades, up to two paid internships with Lloyds Banking Group (salary pro-rata £18,000), along with access to mentoring and to the development of a support network with senior employees of the Group.

And it is not just the Lloyds Scholars who will benefit from the partnership, all students on the programme will complete at least 100 hours of volunteering in their local area alongside their studies – all of which helps strengthen their employability skills and makes a valuable difference within their communities.

Professor David Jones (pictured second from right), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students at Queen’s, said: “The Lloyds Scholars programme has proved an exceptionally effective initiative which has successfully supported hundreds of young people through university and into employment.

“The programme is important both in terms of widening participation as well as developing employability skills. We are delighted to welcome Queen’s first Lloyds Scholars and wish them an enriching time at University and beyond.”

Jim McCooe (first left above), Northern Ireland Ambassador for Lloyds Banking Group said: “I am extremely proud that Queen’s University Belfast will become the first Northern Ireland University partnering the Lloyds Scholars programme.

“Lloyds Scholars continues to be a key part in our commitment to helping Northern Ireland prosper, and I’m delighted to welcome the first of our 15 Scholars to the programme. I know that the students and the Belfast community are really going to benefit from the partnership.”

The Scholars programme was established in 2011 to help tackle disadvantage and boost social mobility by increasing opportunity and raising aspiration. By 2020, Lloyds Banking Group will have supported 1,185 Lloyds Scholars.

Media inquiries to Suzanne Lagan, Communications Officer at Queen’s University, on +44 (0)28 9097 5292.

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