In 2016 we awarded three-year annual bursaries of £10,000 to three West Midlands universities.
Aston University is using bursary funding to support a total of 30 young unpaid adult carers with additional living expenses during their studies.
Research showed that 42% of young adult carers surveyed at university are working whilst studying for their degree. This suggested that they are concerned about finance and may have to contribute to the household income. The bursary grant helps to alleviate some of the pressure of having to find part-time work on top of studying and undertaking their carer responsibilities, allowing them to focus and excel in their studies.
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University is using bursary funding to support over 150 students.
With clock and watchmaking skills in decline and Birmingham City University only one of two institutions offering a degree in horology, the Foundation’s bursary is helping local low-income students continue with higher education studies at the internationally-renowned School of Jewellery in the heart of Birmingham’s famous working Jewellery Quarter.
Some of the bursary funding is used to provide support for registered childcare to support students that have parenting responsibilities but are having difficulties attending a placement or taking exams and are unable to afford ad-hoc or out of hours childcare costs.
University of Wolverhampton
The University of Wolverhampton is using bursary funding to help estranged students who have no support from their families.
For each student that receives a bursary, the university is matching the amount and will continue to support those students with a further £1,000 bursary per year for the duration of their studies.
Jon Elsmore, University of Wolverhampton's Dean of Students, National Express
Foundation's Communications Manager Nikki Houghton and General Manager James Donnan