Company cash tonic for worthy Keele University students

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Teva UK bursary recipient Tahir Ali Shabir
Posted on 16 February 2011

A pharmaceutical giant has thrown a cash lifeline to two Keele University students by awarding them each a bursary.

Tahir Ali Shabir, from Stockport, and Ian Osborne, from London, have both been awarded £500 to help with each year of their four-year Pharmacy degrees by Teva UK Limited, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the UK.

The cash forms part of Teva UK Limited’s Student Bursary Scheme, which is designed to help the pharmacists of tomorrow who may be struggling in the current financial climate. For the third year running, Teva UK Limited is awarding bursaries to students who may suffer difficulty without additional financial support.

First year student Tahir (pictured left), aged 26, said: “I used to be the main bread-winner in our house because my family are unwell, but when I started this course, my income stopped.

“So I was very happy when Teva told me I was getting a bursary. It felt like a massive pat on the back, and a huge relief because the bills are starting to stack up.”

He added: “I’m still open-minded about my future in pharmacy, but my preference would be to work in a hospital pharmacy. I spend a lot of time in the hospital visiting my family, which is probably why I’m drawn down this career path.”

Teva UK bursary recipient Ian Osborne Nineteen-year-old Ian (pictured right), who is in his second year, said: “My family is low on income at the moment so I was delighted when Teva awarded me the bursary. I’m going to use the money to pay for books, travel and work experience opportunities.

“I’ve always been interested in science and chemistry and I’ve always wanted to work with the public, so pharmacy is a great way of mixing the two. I’m keeping my options open, but eventually I think I’d like to work in a hospital pharmacy environment.”

Teva UK Limited’s HR Director Lynda Wilebore said: “As a company we’re totally committed to pharmacy in the UK. This means we’re not only interested in supporting the pharmacists of today, but also in ensuring the pharmacists of tomorrow get the best possible start.”

The Student Bursary Scheme is open to any home UK student who is either already attending, or who has been offered a place on, any full-time UK-based undergraduate course approved by a school of pharmacy or similar.

For further information, including an information pack, how to apply and selection criteria, please go to Teva UK Limited’s website at


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