Tata Global Beverages has launched the Tata Global Beverages Re-Imagination Scholarships at Brunel University.
The Re-Imagination Scholarships provide financial support to students who are positively shaping their future by studying for degrees Brunel, and are available to students who have been part of the Urban Scholars Programme. The Programme has a strong track record in raising the aspirations of able young people aged 12-18, many of whom come from socially-deprived areas where their talents may not necessarily lead to good examination results and a successful caree, by generating additional opportunities for students to enhance their academic performance, self-confidence, critical thinking, team work and presentation skills.
The Scholarships form part of Tata Global Beverages' social mobility initiative, a long-term commitment to creating fairer opportunities for young people to achieve their potential, and are a first for the company, the corporate brand behind iconic names such as Tetley Tea, Eight O’Clock Coffee and Tata Tea. The University's campus is a stone’s throw from the Tata Global Beverages head office in Uxbridge.
Scholarship applicants were asked to submit short essays on their perception of the meaning of “re-imagination”, Tata Global Beverages’ brand essence.
Read the winning essays online
Percy Siganporia, Acting CEO at Tata Global Beverages, said: “At Tata Global Beverages we feel passionately that young people should have fair access to a good education no matter what their background. We are really proud to launch these Scholarships for Urban Scholars students who are shaping their future and unlocking their true potential. The Re-Imagination essays were truly inspiring to all of us at Tata Global Beverages”.
Director at the Brunel Able Children's Education Centre Professor Valsa Koshy added: “We set up the Urban Scholars Programme to help young people to become more aware of their potential and to develop their talents in order to achieve their best. The partnership we now have with Tata Global Beverages will help the Scholars to broaden their horizons even more, and we are delighted that former Scholars who are now studying at Brunel have become the first recipients of the Re-Imagination Scholarships.”
As part of its commitment to improving social mobility for young people, Tata Global Beverages has also signed up to the Deputy Prime Minister's Social Mobility Business Compact in the UK, which aims to ensure that everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfill their potential, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Over 130 companies have signed up to the Business Compact so far.
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About Tata Global Beverages
Tata Global Beverages is a global beverage business and is the world’s second largest tea company. It forms part of the global Tata Group, which has an annual turnover of US $1.4bn and employs over 3,000 people worldwide. The Company focuses on ‘good for you’ beverages and has a stable of innovative regional and global beverage brands, including Tata Tea, Tetley, Himalayan natural mineral water and Eight O’ Clock Coffee.
Find out more on the Tata Global Beverages website
About the Urban Scholars Programme
The Urban Scholars Programme offers a supplementary programme for participating students. The Programme is based on the latest research and aims to enhance academic performance and aspirations.
It is an intervention Programme which works through strong partnerships with local authorities, schools and parents to create challenging and enriching experiences for able and potentially able students who need additional opportunities to enhance their academic performance, self-confidence, critical thinking, team work and presentational skills.
Scholars are encouraged to develop intellectual curiosity and follow their interests and passions. They are supported in raising their aspirations to engage in higher levels of learning and become lifelong learners.
Find out more about the Urban Scholars Programme
About the Social Mobility Business Compact
As part of the Coalition Government’s Social Mobility Strategy, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a Business Compact asking businesses to 'do their bit'. The Strategy aims to ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The Business Compact builds on Every Business Commits, working to remove barriers to success, stop talent and potential from being wasted and create a more productive, more mobile society.
Find out more about the Social Mobility Business Compact
Contact Vanessa Shaw, Tata Global Beverages Corporate Communications, on 0208 338 4302 or 07714 844531 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.