In 2015 we have awarded a total of £70,000 to three educational institutions to fund student bursaries.
Coventry University is using its three year annual bursary to support 30 disadvantaged students.
Each year, 10 students undertaking a degree in automotive and transport design, product design, business management, accounting and finance, childhood and youth studies, or community development and social care, will all benefit from a £1,000 bursary to support them with the cost of their studies.
South and City College Birmingham
South and City College is using its two year annual bursary to support 20 16-19 year olds that are on a full time course of 16+ hours a week or more and face financial difficulties which affect their ability to continue in further education.
Small bursaries of £500 will be given to students to help fund their travel costs for work placements, the purchase of books and equipment related to their studies, ICT and internet access outside of college, and general living costs associated with being in education.
South Essex College
South Essex College is using its two year annual bursary to support 16-24 year olds on full time further or higher education courses at its three college campuses in Southend, Basildon and Grays.
The bursary will be split to support students in a range of different ways, including smaller £200 bursaries for 20 individual students to purchase items such as text to speech software to assist with assignments, or photography equipment to support their final major project. A further £500 will be split into a maximum of two small bursaries to support students who are facing extreme hardship. Six final major project awards of £250 will be given to students on art and design courses and are required to produce work for an exhibition or show - an expensive part of this particular course.
To recognise and celebrate achievements, the college will use £1,000 to split into 20 awards of £50 each for students who have been nominated by staff as overcoming barriers and successfully completing their course. A further £500 will be used for the college’s graduation event, at which 10 awards of £50 will be given out to students, and another £1,000 will be used for an ‘Attendance Challenge’ whereby students who achieve 100% attendance are entered in to a prize draw every half term to win funds.
The final £1,500 will be put towards group/class activities or items required by a large number of students.