Launched just one year ago, Queen Mary University of London's QConsult scheme was named the winner in the coveted Guardian University Award’s Employability Initiative Category.
The award marks Queen Mary's second win, following the recognition of their QProjects work experience scheme in 2014.
Supported by J.P. Morgan, QConsult places teams of high-calibre students from low income families into east London businesses to conduct mini consultancy projects.
Students who successfully apply to take part in the scheme receive a range of support, from a dedicated careers consultant to a post-project debrief to help present the experience constructively on their CV and at interviews.
The scheme was set up to close the equality gap of students at QMUL, where fourty-two per cent of undergraduates come from low income backgrounds. Since March 2015, 80 students have been placed with 16 businesses, with numbers expected to increase to 120 students and 24 businesses by July 2016.
Dr Bob Gilworth, Director of Research at the University of London's Careers Group, said:
"Our careers services are absolutely aligned with the missions of the institutions that they serve and this initiative is a fantastic example. The combination of QMUL's commitment to its students, engagement with a blue chip employer and local SMEs and the ingenuity and hard work of Queen Marys Careers and Enterprise is a winning formula. The recognition is thoroughly well deserved."
Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian