Education liaison

Informed choices- Alternative routes into Banking and Law








You don’t have to study law to go into law; nor do you have to study economics or finance to work in a bank.

It is possible to choose a degree programme in a subject you love studying and get into the profession of your dreams.

Subjects like English, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Politics, International Relations, History, Geography, Human Geography and Environmental Science are just as valued in those sectors.

Queen Mary University of London has assembled a group of professionals from the fields of banking and law, who work at ING, to outline alternative routes into these sectors. We will also have current Queen Mary students of English, Comparative Literature, Modern Languages, History and Geography on hand to share their experiences of these degree programmes at Queen Mary.

You will leave this event feeling confident in your ability to make an informed choice about your degree programme and potential future career.

Teacher reference deadline: 8am, Monday 27th May (teachers will be contacted following the application deadline)

How to apply

The application window for this event has now closed. 


Results of applications announced: by 5pm, Friday 31st May (students will receive individual emails informing them if their application is succesful or not).


Application criteria

Students must:

  • Be in Year 12 (Lower Sixth)
  • currently be attending a state school
  • be predicted BBB or above by the end of Year 13 (Upper Sixth). Grades submitted must be based on teachers' professional judgement, rather than target grades that are used to measure progress.

Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Was in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM/Ever 6) at any point from Year 7 to Year 11
  • Is currently in receipt of, has been in receipt of, is eligible but not in receipt for the voluntary 16-19 bursary
  • Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND)
  • Care leaver
  • Looked-after child
  • Estranged from parents/carers
  • Young carer
  • First in family to attend university
  • Both parents in non-professional occupations

Queen Mary welcomes applications from any student that meets the relevant criteria. We particularly welcome applications from students of Black African, mixed Black African, Black Caribbean and mixed Black Caribbean heritage.

Application deadline: 8am, Tuesday 21st May

About ING

ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services through its operating company ING Bank. The purpose of ING Bank is empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business. ING Bank’s more than 51,000 employees offer retail and wholesale banking services to customers in over 40 countries.

ING Group shares are listed on the exchanges of Amsterdam (INGA AS, INGA.AS), Brussels and on the New York Stock Exchange (ADRs: ING US, ING.N).

Sustainability forms an integral part of ING’s strategy, evidenced by ING’s ranking as a leader in the banks industry group by Sustainalytics. ING Group shares are included in the FTSE4Good index and in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Europe and World), where ING is also among the leaders in the banks industry group. 


For further information, please contact Will McAdam on