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Tata Consultancy Services launches new bursary scheme to support the next generation of computer scientists at Queen Mary

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, have provided a significant donation in support of undergraduate Computer Science students at Queen Mary University of London.

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Undergraduate students at Queen Mary. Credit: Queen Mary.
Undergraduate students at Queen Mary. Credit: Queen Mary.

The gift will be used to establish the Tata Consultancy Services Digital Explorers Bursary, a new programme of 20 scholarships to support students from low income households and female students, who are under-represented in the field of computer science compared to men by a margin of three to one*.

The Tata Consultancy Services Digital Explorers Bursary will be awarded to 10 female students of the BSc in Computer Science and 10 students of the BSc in Computer Science who come from low income households during the academic year 2020/2021. The bursary will cover half the cost of the first year tuition fee for each student.

Isobel Bates, Institute of Coding (IoC) Programme Manager at Queen Mary, said: "We’re delighted to receive such a significant gift from TCS. By removing some of the financial barriers that prevent people from applying to university, we hope to build a community of computer scientists for the future at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary where everyone can participate and thrive - irrespective of their backgrounds.”

Ramkumar Chandrasekaran, TCS UK&I Head of HR, said: “Our partnership with Queen Mary University enables TCS to continue to invest in the future leaders of the UK digital and IT industry. We want to motivate and inspire young people to explore careers in IT and digital technology and we know the first step is always education. This bursary forms part of our mission to get young people excited about STEM and technology subjects as a means of driving talent in these sectors. We are incredibly proud to be working with such a prestigious establishment to support young talent and make a long-term commitment to help reduce the STEM skills gap in the UK.”

The TCS Digital Explorers Bursary builds on Queen Mary’s much valued partnership with TCS that has developed over recent years. During this time, TCS has supported Queen Mary in the development of a successful new Degree Apprenticeship programme specialising in Data Analytics that launched in 2019, and provided industrial board representation and guest speakers for events.

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For media information, contact:

Sophie McLachlan
Faculty Communications Manager (Science and Engineering)
email: sophie.mclachlan@qmul.ac.uk