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First steps to successful career in the pensions industry for Maths students

Published: 29 April 2004

Two undergraduates studying Mathematics with Actuarial Studies at the University of Southampton have started their careers in style after winning £2,500 scholarships from leading international insurance brokers Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

Second year students Matthew Wood and Gemma Johnson, both 20, will also work for JLT in the summer holidays.

University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Kate McLuskie said: "We are delighted that JLT has created this student scheme. JLT has worked closely with us to make sure this scholarship supports students in the best possible way. It is so important for companies to invest in their future employees and this is an excellent way to do it."

The aim of the bursaries is both to raise the profile of the pensions industry amongst students and highlight opportunities as actuaries for young people with a talent for Maths.

In all, 50 students applied for the scholarships. Gemma and Matthew were chosen as finalists along with six others then impressed senior executives at a gruelling day of interviews and tests at JLT's London headquarters.

JLT Director Lyndon Jones said: "It is vital that we continue to attract young people into our business. As well as helping with financial support, we are keen to give students relevant experience and a proper understanding of the pensions industry."

Notes for editors

  1. Gemma Johnson is from Rainham, Essex.
    Matthew Wood is from Newport, South Wales.
  2. Digital images available.
  3. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has over 19,200 students and 4,800 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £250 million.
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