Academic year 2016-17
This is the first year of the new Postgraduate Loan. This enables postgraduate students to access a loan similar to that available to undergraduates. As a result the Fund will no longer need to pay the full fees for postgraduate studies but, instead, will provide a Postgraduate Bursary to the value of £3000 a year for eligible young people. We continue to work with Birmingham City Council to jointly support postgraduate students. It is encouraging that more care-leavers are not only undertaking undergraduate courses but, increasingly, postgraduate ones too
In its first year we have given out four bursaries:
Gessika Kabeya was one of only three applicants to win a place to study for a BA in fashion design at Epsom University for the Creative Arts. The Fund provided her with help to buy necessary equipment, and is now giving her a bursary.
We’re also giving a bursary to Aisha Parveen, to undertake an LLM Law Masters Degree at Coventry University. She wants to specialise in family law, and her ambition is to work as a paralegal.
In addition, we have given bursaries to a student undertaking an MSc in Sports and Exercise Management at Nottingham University, and another studying for a one-year MSc in Occupational Psychology at Aston University. We are also paying fees for a student doing an MA in Social Work at London’s South Bank, who is ineligible for the student loan.
We continue to support undergraduate students, including Latoya Darlington, now in the second year of a three year BSc in Social Work at Birmingham City University. For the first time, we are supporting a young person on an access course, Jade Beasley, at Coventry University College.
We continue to support Lauren McCauley on her OU course in Forensic Psychology; Sadia Begum, completing her Masters course, with childcare.