Poor students to get helping hand from university

STUDENTS unable to move on to higher education because of their financial backgrounds are being given a helping hand by the University of Brighton.

The university is committing more than £7 million to supporting students who might otherwise be unable to enjoy the benefits of higher education.

The announcement comes as students receive A-level results and consider their options in higher education.

The £7 million support includes a range of bursaries, scholarships and fee waivers worth thousands of pounds per student and are designed to open the university door to those who previously could not afford to attend.

In addition, the university is holding a series of drop-in advice sessions this month (August) at schools and colleges across Sussex to help A-level students make the right choice for their higher education courses.

Professor Stuart Laing, the university’s deputy vice-chancellor, said, “This can be a confusing time in terms of the raft of changes the government has introduced, including increased fees.

“Some students, undoubtedly, will have found these changes difficult to understand and we empathise with them.

“Our primary concern is the welfare and well-being of students and our priority is ensuring applicants are equipped with all the information they need to make the right choice for them and their families.

“Choosing the right university is a big decision and I understand this can be a stressful time.

“Our session advisers, many current students, will offer information and individual advice.

“They will answer questions on all aspects of applications and the university experience including choosing the right subject and course, enjoying university sport and social amenities and facilities, opportunities for volunteering, getting to grips with student finance and applying for funding.”

Professor Laing said the university was also strengthening ties with local schools and colleges with a new programme called Compact, starting in September.

He said, “This is aimed at providing additional support to local students who may be considering higher education options available at the university. ”

Further information is available at www.brighton.ac.uk/myfuture