Receive up to £40,000 in new EY scholarship

17 February 2015

Students could earn up to £40,000 while studying for a degree thanks to a new Assurance Scholarship programme with professional services firm EY.

Warwick Business School has teamed up with EY to launch the scholarship programme, which is available for students studying for BSc Accounting & Finance.

As well as being eligible for £5,000 a year to help with upfront costs eligible students will also benefit from a paid summer work experience at one of EY’s UK offices and a year-long industrial placement in their third year of study.

Students studying for BSc Accounting & Finance at the University of Bath, and Accounting, Auditing & Finance at the University of Lancaster will also be able to apply for the Assurance Scholarship programme, which is available to 60 students across the three universities.

The Assurance Scholarship programme was launched at WBS London in The Shard and Dean of WBS, Professor Mark Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be working with EY on this very worthwhile programme. It offers a wonderful opportunity for students looking for a career in accountancy.

“The EY Assurance Scholarship programme provides not only the kind of financial assistance that will be a valuable spur for aspiring graduates but also a chance to gain experience at one of the world's major accounting firms. Our BSc Accounting & Finance course is already among the best in the country and this partnership will add something extra.”


New partnership: (l-r) Hywel Ball (Managing Partner, Assurance UK&I), Professor Mark Taylor (Dean of Warwick Business School), Liz Bingham, OBE (Managing Partner, Talent UK&I)


The EY Assurance Scholarship will provide students with up to £40,000 in financial support. This is broken down into £15,000 over the three years of study, in addition to earning a salary during both the summer and industrial placements.

A further £1,000 per year will be offered to selected students who meet the criteria for widening access to higher education.

During the scholarship’s two work experience placements, students will have an opportunity to put their academic theory into practice on real client assignments and projects. Successful candidates will join EY’s Assurance practice, which covers a broad range of services such as audit, financial reporting, fraud and corporate crime.  

Students will also study towards becoming an ICAS or ICAEW qualified chartered accountant and will qualify faster than if they had entered EY through the graduate programme.

Opportunity: Hywel Ball talks at the launch 

Hywel Ball, EY’s Managing Partner for Assurance in the UK & Ireland, said: “Our Assurance Scholarship programme is designed for those who are focussed on starting a career in accountancy, but who don’t want to miss out on the university experience. We already offer school leaver, graduate and undergraduate programmes, but we are expanding the range of career entry routes in response to growing demand. It’s a great opportunity for students to earn while they learn.

“Many of today’s graduates enter the workplace with sizeable student loan repayments that last for a large part of their working lives. The EY Assurance Scholarship will give students a financial leg-up, to ensure they are able to focus on making the most of their time at university.”

“Employability skills are essential for today’s graduates and work experience is now considered to be pre-requisite for many graduate employers. Combined with the academic qualifications, skills such as team working, time management and real life client interactions, will help graduates of the EY Assurance Scholarship scheme to stand out in a competitive jobs market.”

Find out more about the BSc Accounting & Finance course

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