We are launching the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Achievement Bursary scheme, recognising exemplary academic achievement among students from low-income families.

The PwC fund of £2,000 will be used to present bursaries of £1,000 each to two undergraduate students at the end of their first year.

To be eligible for the bursary, you need to come from a family with a household income of less than £25,000 per year, and achieve the best grades at the end of your first year. The first bursary will be awarded to the top eligible students in the 2012/13 academic year, and a further award will be made for the 2013/14 year.

At a time when students face rising tuition fees, the PwC Achievement Bursary will help to reduce financial hardship, and allows us to reward academic achievement.

Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC, said: “We are delighted to support students at the University of Westminster through these bursaries. It's one of the many ways we support widening access to the professions, and ensure that all students have equal opportunities in Higher Education."

Professor Barbara Allan, Dean of Westminster Business School, says the award is an example of the school's commitment to widening participation: "We have a strong and well-established relationship with PwC and we are delighted that they are supporting our students with this new award. At a time when pressure on student finances is at its most severe, this type of support is invaluable to our students from low-income backgrounds."

The PwC Achievement Bursary will be presented at Westminster Business School’s Achievement Awards evening, which takes place at the school each January. The first bursary will be presented in January 2014, and representatives of PwC will be attending the ceremony to present the bursary and meet our students.

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