Local Lloyds Scholar Katie Doherty meets Mark Hunter MP at House of Commons Reception

June 20, 2014 11:30 AM

Mark Hunter MP for Cheadle constituency, joined local student and Lloyds Scholar, Katie Doherty, for the launch of a new report exploring the issues faced by students from low-income families in going to University.

The report, Bigger Thinking,waslaunched at a Parliamentary Reception on Monday 16 June in the Strangers' Dining Room at the House of Commons with Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, António Horta-Osório.

Lloyds Scholar Katie Doherty Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter MP meets with Katie Doherty

The report was hosted by Lloyds Scholars, an award-winning social mobility initiative supporting students from families where the household income is less than £25,000. Scholars from each of the eight partner universities were invited, including Katie Doherty, who is currently studying Law at Sheffield University who was welcomed alongside local MP Mark Hunter.

Mark commented:

"It was great to welcome Katie in Parliament and to hear about how she is benefiting from the Lloyds Scholars scheme, as well as about her studies.

'Social mobility is an issue that is of huge importance to the Liberal Democrats; the pupil premium, free school meals for infants, the reforms to higher education fees that enable more people from low-earning families to go to university, and the investment that we have made in apprenticeships show how determined we are to ensure that all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential.'

António Horta-Osório said:

"Lloyds Scholars represent the next generation of future executives and senior representatives - be that for our Group or indeed the broader industry. Through these academically gifted and uniquely committed young people our ambition of helping Britain prosper will be at the heart of all they do for the very long term."

Developed to give undergraduates all-round professional and vocational experience, and address the challenges faced by young people from low-income families, Lloyds Scholars offers a complete package of financial support, paid internships and a business mentor to students from lower income households. In return, Scholars must volunteer for at least 100 hours per year whilst participating on the programme.

Student applications for places on the Lloyds Scholars programme are open throughout June 2014. More information is available at http://www.lloyds-scholars.com.

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