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Four more universities join Lloyds Scholars Programme

Published: Sunday, 13 May 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News | All Graduate job news

Lloyds Banking Group has announced that Edinburgh, UCL, Oxford, and Warwick Universities have joined its successful Scholars programme.

The four universities formally joined the programme at an event held at Lloyds Banking Group's head office in Gresham Street, hosted by the Group Chief Executive António Horta-Osório.

The scheme will provide a complete financial and support package for 15 students from below average income families at each university. This will start from October 2012.

António Horta-Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, said: "When we launched the Lloyds Scholars pilot last year we gave a commitment to grow the programme and expand to more of the UK's top universities. Tonight we are celebrating the expansion of the Lloyds Scholars programme from two to six of the very best universities in Britain.

"We have developed the programme to give undergraduates all-round professional and vocational experience. We also ask our Scholars to volunteer in their local communities during the academic year to support the Group's wider commitment to support UK communities."

The scheme already has a combined total of 30 scholars, 15 each, from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield.

To be eligible for the programme students must come from households where the income in below £25,000 as well as completing a Lloyds Banking Group assessment.

Under the initiative students have paid internships with the Group, get a dedicated mentor from Lloyds Banking Group's senior management team and attend a series of lectures, workshops and events to boost their employment prospects.

Students in their first year can apply for the scheme later this month. The programme will run for one academic year. 90 students will then go through a selection process to identify their suitability for the programme.

The bank also runs graduate leadership programmes in a variety of areas including corporate markets, finance, HR, general management and business technology.

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