BUCS is delighted to announce a new and extensive collaboration for the 2021-22 season with global professional services company EY. Centred around diversity and inclusion, EY have invested in BUCS to create a clear and accelerated pathway from university sport to a career at EY.
Through EY’s sponsorship, BUCS students will have enhanced opportunities to secure their career at one of the UK’s leading employers.
Coinciding with the much-anticipated return of BUCS Wednesdays in October, EY’s relationship is spreading to the court with the newly branded BUCS and EY Netball Programme. With 70 leagues taking place across the country, EY will be headline sponsor of BUCS’ biggest female sport programme, supporting 400 teams from over 130 universities. The competition will culminate on 23 March 2022 with the BUCS and EY Netball Finals as part of BUCS Big Wednesday.
To further show their commitment to future female leaders, EY will be the headline sponsor of an exciting new project – the ‘BUCS and EY 94 Network’. EY research has shown that 94% of female leaders in C-suite positions have taken part in sport and suggests that access to sport closes the gap between men and women in leadership positions in business. With over 45,000 women taking part in sport through the BUCS programme, this network will support the very best student athletes to prepare for careers after graduation.
Regularly recognised as leaders in diversity, inclusion and anti-racism, EY will be supporting talented black athletes taking part in BUCS programmes, offering opportunities to reduce racial inequality in the working world. EY is supporting BUCS to grow our Championing Black Athletes Campaign, delivering a season of engaging activations including a specific event dedicated to supporting our black heritage student community in October.
Finally, EY is showing its commitment to future leaders by becoming headline sponsors of the BUCS Sporting Leaders Festival. Held virtually in September, this new event will celebrate the lifelong skills that sport instils within young people. The festival will provide students with the valuable opportunity to interact with EY people who have themselves come through the BUCS programme. The festival will have a focus on upskilling students looking for jobs after graduation and supporting them in their transition from university and applying for graduate schemes.
Vince Mayne, BUCS CEO commented on the sponsorship: “I’m delighted to see such a major employer in EY coming into collaboration with us. EY’s own research highlights the skills that sport develops in young people and we are excited to be working with them to amplify this message to our students and universities. EY also shares similar diversity, inclusion and anti-racism values, championing female leaders and investing heavily to support the black heritage student community. We are excited to be supporting these communities through new and sector-leading initiatives, as well as through one of our biggest sport programmes in netball.”
Victoria Alcock, EY Attraction and Early ID Lead said: “We’re excited to be working in collaboration with BUCS this year on such important initiatives that align closely with our vision and values. At EY, diversity and inclusiveness are core to who we are and how we work. We believe in maximising the power of different perspectives and backgrounds in our teaming and can see the tangible impact sport can have in business. We are committed to hiring diverse talent and are proud to support BUCS initiatives that champion female leaders and black athletes and that will support the next generation of leaders.”
EY is actively seeking BUCS student athletes to engage in their graduation programme and open positions. To get ahead of the game, make sure you sign up for more information at ey.com/uk/students and look out for exclusive opportunities with EY for BUCS students.