Investing in Local Talent via a University Partnership
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    As one of Dundee’s eldest and well established companies, Bonar Yarns has been a prominent figure within the local community since it was founded in 1914.

    With Dundee now working towards cultivating its image to become the City of Design and Culture, the local area is thriving from new business and enthusiastic individuals who want to study at the well-known universities.

    Over the last six months to a year Bonar Yarns has been working with local University, Abertay to provide Marketing and Business students with live business assessments and opportunities. This helps students understand the requirements of real business environments and markets; as well as providing insight into the manufacturing and synthetic turf industry. These assessments are aimed at broadening students horizons when they graduate, providing them with experience alongside their studies to enhance their chances of employment.

    Alongside these assessments and inter-company work opportunities, we have decided to take our partnership with the University one step further by working with the Abertay to create a new scholarship opportunity and student prize within the Dundee Business School – providing additional support to students throughout their course and educational career.

    The awards will be donated to the university, which is situated only 5 minutes away from the Bonar Yarns office, for the 2016/2017 academic year. These opportunities will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student studying the BA (Hons) in Marketing and Business, providing further help to support them through their final year at university – hopefully relieving some of their stress levels.

    The scholarship opportunity is open to UK students at Abertay who are the first in their family to attend university or who come from a low-income background, whilst also taking into consideration their previous and current academic achievements.

    The Bonar Yarns Prize, will be awarded each year to a student with the best performance across their modules whilst they are in the second year of their full-time BA (Hons) Marketing and Business degree.

    A selection panel including a Bonar Yarns representative, an Abertay academic and the University’s student advisory team will award the scholarship and the prize will feature in the University’s annual Prize Giving Ceremony at the end of each academic year.

    Abertay marketing lecturer Dr Jason Turner said: “It’s exciting to see students getting an opportunity to compete for a scholarship, which will not only assist them financially through their studies, but also enhance their CV.

    “The scholarship is a further step forward in our relationship with Bonar Yarns which began in 2014 with a student placement and has since developed into having a Marketing and Business graduate working for the company, a further placement student currently employed and a real world business assessment integrated into a marketing module. We look forward to this relationship continuing to flourish and thank Bonar Yarns for their support and encouragement of our students,” adds Turner.

    We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to support a local university such as Abertay, with both a scholarship opportunity and rewarding students work through a university prize, and we look forward to working with Abertay University throughout the 2016/17 academic year.

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    For more information visit: Abertay University

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