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ICAEW Foundation Changing Futures Bursary awarded to three students at the School of Business and Management

There is no better month than National Scholarship Month to release that the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Foundation has offered a bursary to three BSc Accounting and Management students at the School of Business and Management.

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The School of Business and Management is delighted to announce that ICAEW Foundation have chosen three of our BSc Accounting and Management students to be awarded their Changing Futures Bursary. 

The ICAEW Foundation provides bursaries through UK universities, for talented students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds wanting to study for an accountancy related degree at university.

Breaking down barriers to education

ICAEW Foundation is proud to support a number of students to undertake accountancy and finance degrees at Queen Mary University, through our Changing Futures bursary programme. "We are also pleased that our bursaries have played a role in Queen Mary being recognised as one of the Top 5 universities in London for social mobility. The enthusiasm of staff there and of the students to embrace the opportunities we offer underlines their commitment to changing their own futures and makes our work all the more rewarding." - Caroline Kearns, Ex Head of ICAEW Foundation. 

ICAEW Foundation has provided bursary support for 63 ambitious students from financially challenged backgrounds to undertake accountancy and finance related degrees in universities across the UK, and in Hong Kong and Cyprus, since the Foundation was set up. Our Building Futures bursary programme, for students of new professional accountancy qualifications in Malawi, Ghana, Cambodia and Lesotho, has allocated funds for 120 bursaries since its launch in 2015. Our work contributes to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3,4 and 10.

The winners of the bursaries will receive £4000 towards living costs each year, for all three years of the programme. This type of financial aid is instrumental in helping these students make the most of their degree despite their circumstances.

Dr Ishani Chandrasekara, Director of Queen Mary’s BSc Accounting and Management would like to thank the ICAEW Foundation trustees for their generous donations, as we have continued the vital work of providing life-changing opportunities to our BSc Accounting and Management students. These awards aim to break down the barriers facing students from groups underrepresented in Higher Education, thus giving them the foundation to achieve their dreams. Being raised in a household with financial struggles, I have experienced many of the challenges and obstacles that our students face at university. I was able to complete my undergraduate degree, postgraduate qualification, and doctoral studies without fear of financial stress because of various scholarships. It is a great honour to work with the ICAEW Foundation and its trustees to truly make a difference to our students as they are taking their first steps in an academic journey, have all benefited enormously.

"I would like to thank the ICAEW Foundation for their generous bursary as it will help me to focus on my studies. Currently, I work part-time on the weekends which consumes a lot of potential study time, so this bursary would ease my need to work, allow me to cut my hours and focus on getting a high grade at both degree level and in further studies following my graduation. This is an amazing opportunity, and I would like to reiterate my appreciation towards both Ishani and the ICAEW Foundation for giving me this opportunity." - Zain Ali Mehmood, Bursary awardee.

"Thank you to the ICAEW Foundation and Ishani for this bursary it is such an honour to receive. This bursary has now given me the opportunity to excel in my studies and to focus on my course. Currently, I work part-time on the weekends which consumes a lot of my time, I also care for my siblings and my sick mum. This bursary has allowed me to cut my hours at work and to focus on getting good grades for my degree which in turn will help me pursue my dream of becoming an accountant. I am forever grateful for this opportunity, and I would like to emphasise my gratitude and my appreciation to both Ishani and the ICAEW Foundation." - Sydney Yangoue, Bursary awardee.

The ICAEW Foundation Bursary means a lot to me and I am incredibly grateful. I would like to spend the next 3 years at university making the most of my Accounting and Management course so that I may end up with the best outcome possible. This includes taking my degree to the next level and to pursue a career within the accounting sector. It really does amaze me how the number of females in the accounting and/or finance sector is increasing and I would like to be one of them.” - Mussamat Rouf, Bursary awardee.

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