In our second-round bursary programme for 2019, we awarded two new bursaries of £10,000 per year to two educational institutions.
University of Bath
The University of Bath will use a grant of £12,000 per year for three years to support four students from low income and low participation backgrounds to progress in their studies and in later life. Research shows graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds go on to earn less than peers from high-income families, even when studying the same course, in the same place.
Working to redress this balance, the University deliver a comprehensive enrichment programme alongside grants. Students have access to alumni mentors, are helped to find beneficial summer internships and provided opportunities for personal development such as a 50 hour volunteering commitment in the local community.
Professor Ian White FREng DL, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath said:
“Talent is not, and should not be, limited by background; The National Express Foundation Scholarships will improve access to a world-class education for bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Queen Alexandra College - Birmingham
Queen Alexandra College is an independent specialist college of further education based in Birmingham for students above the age of sixteen with visual impairment, autism and other disabilities. The college will use a grant of £10,000 for three years to support students enrolled on their supported internship course. Students that study and work part time will be encouraged to apply for bursaries allowing them to fund their own specialist equipment and resources allowing them to participate in internships and studies that may not otherwise have been possible.
Jan Gormley, Deputy Principal said:
“QAC supports young people with disabilities on their journey to independence and being awarded this grant is fantastic news for our Student Internship programme and will make a huge difference. Our Student Intern numbers have increased recently and this money will be used to provide them with equipment and resources they need to not only get the most out of their internship placements, but also help equip them with the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace beyond their time at QAC”