Accountancy firm Ernst & Young drops university degree criteria from graduate scheme

Accountancy firm: No evidence university means success. Credit: PA

A top accountancy firm has dropped its requirement for a university degree from its entry criteria for their 2016 graduate, undergraduate and school leaver programme.

Ernst & Young said that there is "no evidence" that a university degree will lead to future success.

The decision came after an 18-month analysis of the firm’s student selection process.

Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door.

Ernst & Young's Maggie Stilwell

Students will no longer be required to have a minimum of 3 Bs at A level and a 2:1 degree classification to make an application.