PricewaterhouseCoopers is committed to encouraging diversity in the workplace and invests at the forefront of campaigns to encourage women executives to reach the highest levels in their organisations.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding female candidate on the Oxford Diploma in Financial Strategy. The scholarship covers all programme fees and is designed to increase the flow of talented women into senior finance roles.
To be considered for the scholarship you must:
- Be female
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the EU
- Have been accepted onto the Diploma in Financial Strategy programme
- Be self-funding
The PricewaterhouseCoopers scholarship is open to all female candidates, regardless of the sector in which they work.
Candidates wishing to be considered for the PricewaterhouseCoopers scholarship should submit a short statement of up to 500 words, explaining how the diploma will help their career and personal development. This statement should be submitted along with the diploma application.
2010 PwC Scholar
Syndication Manager, Aareal Bank AG
I work as a syndication manager at one of the leading international property specialists, Aareal Bank AG, headquartered in Germany. I am mainly responsible for the management of syndication activities focused on real estate financings across Europe, and in my role I have to account for strategic and financial issues. My decision to study the postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy at the University of Oxford was motivated by an intention to deepen my knowledge and to gain new know-how and management skills in finance and relevant strategic decision-making.
The modular structure of the Diploma, integrating study into working life, allowed me to study in a flexible manner. The courses were taught by highly qualified individuals with extensive experience as practising professionals in their fields. This focus on high standard academic education with a practical understanding, together with an exchange of experiences and ideas between participants was intellectually challenging and rewarding.
I believe that the Diploma in Financial Strategy and practical application of newly gained insights has developed me into a better professional who is able to analyse and evaluate strategic and financial issues from a broader perspective. I have more confidence to understand strategic financial decisions. I am convinced that the broadening of my horizons and improvement in my analytical skills will enable me to progress in my workplace. But of course, probably most importantly, participation in and completion of this prestigious programme at the Saïd Business School will benefit me personally. It was my dream to study at the University of Oxford and my dreams came true.
2009 PwC Scholar
Senior - Internal Audit, International, Live Nation Music
My career to date has been in audit and risk assurance, however in recent years my focus has been more operational than financial. I was therefore keen to develop a more commercial outlook, with a view to improving my capabilities in my current role and to obtaining the skills necessary for future career progression. I had considered an MBA, but feel that the diploma is better suited to my needs as it allows me to focus on the financial and strategic areas that will be most relevant to my intended career development.
Given that the music industry is experiencing such a large degree of change, I was particularly interested in the challenge of an industry related project. This allows me to apply the knowledge gathered throughout the course to many of the issues that the organisation I work for, and the industry in general, currently face.
I was absolutely delighted to be awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers scholarship. It has certainly helped to raise my profile at work and I am sure that completion of the course will aid both my career progression and my own personal development. Managing both work and study commitments is a huge challenge but I really believe it is worth it and so would certainly encourage other women to apply.
I am thoroughly enjoying studying at Oxford, the professors and facilities are superb. One of the most valuable aspects for me is the diversity of candidates on the course, both in terms of nationality and industry background. In-class debates have been very informative and it has been great to learn from and share different experiences and ways of tackling problems.