In our second-round bursary programme for 2018, we awarded two new bursaries of £10,000 per year to two universities.
Birmingham City University
Birmingham City University is using funding of £10,000 per year for three years to support 10 students each year (30 across the three year bursary programme) with a retention, attainment and graduating (RAG) bursary for new and existing students who are from care, or for those that have been estranged from parents and forced out of education due to financial pressures because there is no-one or nowhere to turn to when they need help.
The provision of bursaries for these vulnerable groups will assist in retaining students, rewarding their progress and to assist them to graduate or to secure more permanent accommodation for those at risk of homelessness.
Sharon Atkinson, Birmingham City University said:
“The award from the National Express Foundation is without a doubt, exceptional support that will be used to assist our students from care who have made it to university, have financial challenges and have no one to turn to. We would like to express our gratitude to the Foundation as we know how much this will help our students.”
Coventry University is using funding of £10,000 per year for three years to support 10 students each year (30 across the three year bursary programme) that are care leavers or that have a disability; two underrepresented groups in higher education.
Recognising that these two groups may need more support than their peers, the university will also offer further support in the form of more personal careers guidance through ongoing mentoring support.
Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Coventry University, said:
“We are delighted that the National Express Foundation has supported us once again. As a University we are committed to supporting all our students so that they have the best experience possible while they are here with us. We recognise that some students face more challenges than others so these bursaries will support two groups who are significantly underrepresented in higher education.”