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Queen Mary University of London launches new degree apprenticeships

Queen Mary University of London has today (Monday 18 October), with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), become the first Russell Group University in London to offer two new degree apprenticeships in IT consultancy and data analytics respectively.

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Students accepted on to the programme will gain a degree from a leading Russell Group University (with tuition fees paid for by the Government and employer through the Apprenticeship Levy), and, as an apprentice at PwC, will earn a monthly salary as they undertake their studies alongside on-the-job learning.

The BSc degrees, offered by Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, will last for four years. They will involve time spent in lectures and seminars as well as hands-on experience with cutting-edge digital and technology projects at PwC. Students could get involved in a number of exciting areas, such as cyber security and forensic technology.

Each degree programme will be open for applications in September 2022. Students will be taught at Queen Mary’s new site, which is being developed in partnership with Newham College - the London City Institute of Technology. This new institute will provide high-quality training and education and will help address skills gaps important to the country, while contributing to employment and the economy locally, regionally and nationally.

There will be a wealth of support available to students studying the programme at Queen Mary. In addition to assistance from tutors and the wider university, PwC will provide dedicated support as well as a Programme Manager to oversee progress and ensure students are getting the guidance and support they need.

Dr Eran Padumadasa, Deputy Dean for Employment (Employer Led Education), Faculty of Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London said: “This is a truly exciting offer for students, who will be able to graduate debt-free with a degree and work experience that will open many doors for them in the future.

“It’s important to us that everyone has the chance to succeed. That’s why social mobility is at the heart of everything Queen Mary does, and we always look to take on students from a range of backgrounds.

“We know true innovation and excellence cannot happen without the spark and creativity that diversity brings.”

Ben Higgin, PwC UK Executive Board - Technology and Investments, said: "We're delighted to be working with Queen Mary to launch our brand new Tech Degree Apprenticeship this summer.  We're excited to offer people the opportunity to join our market leading technology practice and earn while they learn. 

“As a firm we're committed to widening access to our business and with the fantastic work Queen Mary does in supporting social mobility, we have the opportunity to reach the students who stand to benefit from this programme the most.

“I have no doubt that those accepted onto the Tech Degree Apprenticeship will have a hugely promising career in technology ahead of them."