Unilever summer study programme

The Amos Bursary had the pleasure of partaking in a three-week, six session, virtual program, led by Unilever, geared towards understanding more about the FMCG market, the different functions within Unilever itself and a few sessions oriented around improving employability, self-development and wellbeing in the workplace.

One session allowed an in depth look into the departments at Unilever and how they operate. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions to gauge a team they’d suit best.

“I especially enjoyed learning about how Unilever is navigating the environmental impact of its products. The programme has definitely deepened my interest in entering the FMCG industry.” – Kojo Osei Kofi (2018 cohort)

“Unilever gave us advice on how to also improve our soft skills in the workplace, with sessions catering to improve health and wellbeing, as well as personality types and feedback. The experience was truly beneficial and every session was just a window (of opportunity) to learn something new!” – Samuel Olajugba (2019 cohort)

My personal takeaways come from the final three sessions, learning to analyse the components of my personality and better adapt my workstyle, understanding the correct environment to give constructive feedback and to better tailor my CV to the role I apply for.

Ayo Olubode, University of Warwick

FIRST CLASS SUCCESS FOR AMOS BURSARY STUDENTS – 2020

It has been another incredible year for The Amos Bursary (AB) with 100% of students  achieving a first or upper second class degree, of which 50% achieved a first class honours degree and one student qualified as a medical doctor.

At a time when Government figures show serious disparities in academic attainment between white and black students, with only 56 per cent of black students achieving a First or 2:1, compared to 80 per cent of their white peers* the impact of the Bursary in nurturing talent and  promoting excellence, has never been clearer. Nationally, the percentage of students achieving a first class honours in 2018/19 was 28%.

Amos Bursary graduating students have secured places on graduate schemes at Barings and Barclays,  one is already practicing at a London Hospital, two are currently on internships with Goldman Sachs and Tech Consultancy Sparta Global and three  students will  spend the next year working on their startups, before taking up graduate positions in 2021.

Currently Black male graduates in London are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterparts and their are concerns that this figure will rise given the challenges to the economy of the coronavirus pandemic.

Colleen Amos OBE, and CEO/Founder of the Amos Bursary  said “This is truly outstanding.  I am proud of the achievements of our graduates, young men who have demonstrated that the Amos Bursary approach works and should be supported. Through a targeted approach focused on skills development, supportive mentorship and networking we have not only narrowed the attainment gap at university, we have surpassed it and opened up employment opportunities on graduation. “

Our young men  have worked hard giving up their weekends and  holidays to participate in the  five-year programme. Our focus is on aspiration and talent aimed at addressing and overcoming the discrimination and inequality they face on a daily basis. We encourage them to grasp the   opportunities  while they are at university and  expect them to continue to contribute to the Bursary and the wider society as they grow and develop. Sharing their knowledge and experience with younger students is a key element of our approach.  They are leaders and role models to younger students, members of AB committees, and facilitators on our personal and professional  development programmes. Their success is well deserved.”

Stratford To Harvard

Isaiah Wellington Lynn, who was brought up in a lone parent family in east London, graduated this summer and has now been selected from 31,000 applicants to be one of just 140 interns on a prestigious Silicon Valley scheme aimed at creating tech entrepreneurs of the future.

He was forced to crowdfund the fees for the elite and highly-selective year-long Harvard visiting undergraduate programme after a charity scholarship fell through last summer when he was in the second year of his anthropology degree at University College London (UCL).

After an intensive four-month selection process to win the place at Harvard, he refused to accept defeat and set up a website, #StratfordtoHarvard, and YouTube channel. He raised the £65,000 in a month from 700 donors across the UK, USA, Spain, Canada, Jamaica and Uganda.