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18th October 2012, 4:42pm
Lincoln offers £1,000 scholarships to support Year 12 pupils' university aspirations
University of Lincoln students The University of Lincoln has responded to social mobility adviser Alan Milburn’s recommendation that universities offer more financial support to potential applicants from poorer backgrounds.

The University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart, said: “We welcome Alan Milburn’s recommendations and fully support his objective of removing the financial barriers which might prevent talented students from poorer backgrounds from realising their full potential at university.
“We were disappointed when EMA was abolished but have worked extremely hard to ensure that the good work universities like Lincoln have been doing for many years to widen participation was not wasted.
“This year we are offering 50 scholarships of £1,000 to Year 12 pupils who have been identified by teachers as having the potential to go to university but who may be deterred because of their financial circumstances.”

The University of Lincoln’s Access Scholarships are open to any current Year 12 student who meets widening participation criteria, which is defined as students from families with no history of higher education or those who qualify for free schools meals.

Since the initiative was launched in September, 40 recipients have already been identified by schools and colleges. The University is encouraging more schools and colleges to get in contact if they believe students in their Year 12 cohort could benefit this year.

The scholarships will be awarded at a ceremony in December with the second tranche of £500 paid at the start of Year 13, dependent on successful completion of this academic year.

At the University of Lincoln 98% of new undergraduates come from state schools and colleges and almost one in five (17%) come from low-participation neighbourhoods.

Professor Stuart added: “We have an excellent record of improving access to higher education. Indeed, that is one of the reasons our university was created – to raise opportunities in a region which historically has low levels of participation in higher education.
“It was heartening to note that despite the national drop in applications across England this year in response to increased tuition fees, it does not appear those changes have disproportionately impacted on students from lower income households.
“Indeed here at Lincoln, our applications held firm, suggesting most students still appreciate the life-changing opportunities higher education can offer them.”

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