Leading global software investor offers STEM scholarships in Salford

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Hg’s Senior Partner Nic Humphries, alumnus of the University of Salford, is supporting a new scholarship for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students: Access To Tech. It will provide students from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to study in one of the many STEM programmes offered by the University. The partnership kicked off in September 2021 and will initially run until 2024 with each scholar being supported for three years of study. In total there are 14 Scholarships on offer during this period.

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“Across an ecosystem of leading software businesses surrounding Hg, we see first-hand how careers in technology continue to be in high demand across the workplace – it’s such a critical time for technology education and skills development. Economies can only meet this demand by removing barriers to those wishing to pursue these careers. Tech is the future and an area where a high proportion of job growth is predicted – we recognise this at Hg and it is also something that is personally important to me. I want to open doors for those that want to enter the industry by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to start their career.

Nic Humphries

I was lucky enough to study at the University of Salford before moving into the tech industry myself. It feels like a natural fit to launch this partnership and I am confident that this sponsorship will unlock the potential of many young people wishing to study a STEM subject, who previously thought it was out of reach.”

In addition to Nic providing financial support for the selected scholars, who must have an annual household income at less than £25,000, the University will be working in collaboration with Hg and its portfolio of businesses to create additional opportunities for students that enhance employability including work placements, access to industry and workshops.

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