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150 Scholarships, 150 Years of Access for Women to Higher Education

In the year the University of London celebrates the 150th Anniversary of opening up special examinations for women, it is offering 150 scholarships for women to enrol on its Global MBA programme.

The offer is only available this year, as part of the University of London’s Leading Women campaign, which celebrates 150 years since the University opened up ‘Special Examinations’ for women in 1868. This small but momentous occasion, led ten years later to the opening up of full degrees. In both instances, this made the University of London the first to do so in the UK.   

The University of London Global MBA, delivered in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, comes with professional accreditation from major bodies, including the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).This ensures that those who complete the award add significant value to their career prospects.

The 150 scholarships for the Global MBA programme, through the University’s online, blended and flexible learning programme, each equate to a 40% reduction in fees payable to the University of London. These 150 scholarships are open to women all over the world, provided that they register in 2018.

There are three deadlines to register for the Global MBA programme as well as qualifying for one of the 150 scholarships, which are awarded on a rolling basis:

  • 6 June 2018 (for a July 2018 start)
  • 1 September 2018 (for an October 2018 start)
  • 26 November 2018 (for a January 2019 start)

Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London, and head of the University’s Leading Women campaign, said: ‘More and more women are entering business, and yet women are underrepresented at an executive level. For example, amongst the UK’s 100 FTSE companies, we only have seven CEOs who are women, and none of these female CEOs work in the financial services sector. The latest UK government figures show that even in the UK’s small and medium sized enterprises, only 20% are led by women, which is a relatively low number.’

She added: ‘Women still have a long way to go to achieve parity with men in terms of responsibility, pay and promotion, not just in the UK, but across the world. Again, in the UK, the gender pay gap stands at 17%. We believe that the University of London’s Global MBA, with specialisms in Law, Finance, Accountancy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Leadership, will provide women with the necessary tools to make further advances in their chosen fields, and help women to break down gender barriers all over the world.’

‘Opening up education has provided opportunities for women. Our Leading Women campaign fosters a sense of celebration, that we as a University were the first in the UK to give women access to university education, and to give them the opportunity to have an education like men - on the same footing, in the same way and at the same time. The campaign celebrates the very important contributions women have made, and will continue to make, in the society that we live in. With these Global MBA scholarships, we hope to support the next generation of leading women as they go on to enter and succeed in securing greater equality in the workplace, particularly in the world of business.’

Those interested in applying for one of the 150 scholarships will need to complete the scholarship application form, including two written statements, each a maximum of 500 words, outlining their achievements and how the Global MBA will impact on their future.

Anyone interested in registering on the Global MBA, and looking to find more information about the 150 scholarships, can visit the Global MBA website.


Dr Mary Stiasny
"...we hope to support the next generation of leading women as they go on to enter and succeed in securing greater equality in the workplace..."

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About the University of London

  • The University of London was established in 1836 by Royal Charter. It is made up of 18 independent member institutions and 9 research institutes. These institutions, including the LSE, UCL, King’s College London and the London Business School are recognised globally as world leaders in higher education.
  • The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through online, blended and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • 150 years ago, in 1868, the University of London opened up ‘Special Examinations for Women’. Ten years later, the University began offering full degrees for women. In both instances, the University was the first in the UK to do so.
  • Today, students of the University of London’s online, blended and flexible learning programmes study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes, with some taking the award through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions.
  • The University’s online, blended and flexible learning provision is the world’s largest classroom, with 50,000 students worldwide, and over 1.4 million learners on the Coursera online platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), bringing this global reach to 1.45 million people around the world, covering more than 190 countries.
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