13th August 1999

Press information embargoed until 0800 hours on Thursday 19th August 1999

 

 

UNIVERSITY TO GIVE HELP TO HARD-UP STUDENTS

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is to offer extra financial help to

to encourage more hard-up students into higher education.

 

Bursaries of £1,000 each are to be made available this year to students with hardship problems or who are in financial difficulties.

 

Pro vice chancellor Derek Crothall said bursaries would be offered to students in Hull, Lincoln, Grimsby and at the university’s associate colleges. “We don’t want students to be deterred from entering higher education because of financial hardship, and we hope that these bursaries will help get them started,” he said.

 

“We are able to offer these bursaries because our access fund for the coming year has been substantially increased - and that’s great news.”

 

The bursaries, or ‘start-up grants’, are available to students coming off benefit and youngsters coming out of local authority care.

 

“Once they’ve accepted a place at the university they’re eligible for a student loan,” Mr Crothall explained. “But these start-up grants are intended to help them out before the loan becomes available.

 

“Our mission is to widen participation in higher education and to give encouragement to those who for social or economic reasons would not normally consider studying at university,” he added.

 

Students who feel they might qualify for a bursary should apply to the university by contacting Margaret Hill on 01482 440550 or Lincoln 01522 882000.

 

 

Derek Crothall and deputy vice chancellor Prof Keith Bardon will both be available for interview on the morning of Thursday 19th August.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. Tel: 01522 886042