Support package for studying

Published on: 29 Jul 2013

SOME teenagers in the Downend area could be eligible for a support package worth up to £5,000 a year to help them study at the University of the West of England.

UWE Bristol is committing more than £15 million a year to reach out to students who despite obtaining the qualifications are missing out on higher education because of their background.

It is offering 700 bursaries for new students from key target groups, which include care leavers, disabled people, refugees, those from neighbourhoods where few go on to higher education and mature students.

The support is also available to students participating in UWE’s Heading Higher Passport Plus scheme or those from UWE’s Federation colleges.

Bursaries are on offer to students from low-income backgrounds and other support is available to students during their courses.

UWE is also investing heavily in programmes to help its graduates into work.

The university’s access agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) represents the fifth largest expenditure on access measures for 2014-15 by a UK university.

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