The Glamorgan Business School hosted a Freshers Welcome event for all new business students starting their studies for the first time at the University. With many new students having mixed emotions about leaving home, the welcome event was put in place to help new starters feel confident and comfortable with their new surroundings. The event also provided students with the opportunity to meet other new students and academic staff in an informal setting.
Held in the Students’ Union, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society, Monica Gibson-Sweet began the event by greeting new students. This initial welcome was followed by the presentation of two scholarships as part of the Business Opportunities Scholarships Scheme. This unique scheme was provided by two local businesses Complete Background Screening (CBS) and Big Country Adventures Ltd to help provide financial support towards the cost of tuition fees.
The Scheme, known as the BOSS Scheme is an innovative approach to creating the business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow for applicants applying to undergraduate courses at the Glamorgan Business School. Led by Pontypridd-based company Complete Background Screening (CBS), the scholarship scheme offers a unique package of financial support and mentoring for aspiring business students.
Eligible to undergraduate applicants, the scheme awards scholarships to applicants who can demonstrate a unique flair for business as well as a passion for the subject.
The applicants were required to submit an essay on ' Why I deserve the BOSS scholarship ’ in no more than 500 words. The winning applicant, Laura Haighway, was awarded £1000 by Rachel Bedgood, Director of CBS to help with the cost of her studies. In addition the runner-up, Christopher Kane was presented with a further cheque of £500 funded by Big Country Motocross Ltd.
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society, Monica Gibson-Sweet commented: “We greatly appreciate the ongoing support that Rachel Bedgood has provided in establishing the Business Opportunities and Scholarship Scheme (BOSS) which has provided two of our first year students with an extremely valuable financial contribution to their university studies. It would be fantastic if more companies would come forward to support these scheme and help more students to achieve their dreams of a university education”
Rachel Bedgood added: “I am extremely pleased to be part of such a worthwhile and valuable scheme. We welcome and commend any individuals who are committed to contributing and development business in our area. CBS provide services of pre-employment screening and CRB checks to small local companies through to multi-national blue-chip organisations. Our continued growth and success is down to simple fundamental methods, one of which is due to our office base in Ynysybwl, Pontypridd - keeping our overheads low and providing a vital service to the UK and overseas market. I would like to wish the winning students the very best for the future and look forward to their growth and development within this sometimes tough industry. Their contribution to our currently struggling economy is certainly welcomed. ”