Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater communities to benefit from bursary opportunities
Date: 30th Sep 2020
Bucks New University has introduced a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showmen and Boater (GRTSB) Student Bursary as it increases its support for the communities in the 2020 / 21 academic year.
The University is leading the collaborative development of a ‘good practice pledge’ for universities to sign up to, aimed at supporting access to Higher Education and recognition within universities, for members of the communities.
The bursary is the latest step in supporting the pledge, with the University offering students £1,000 each year to support them during their studies, which is pro rata for those studying part-time.
As well as the bursary, the University offers accommodation, assistance with university applications, and a mentor throughout a student's studies.
Margaret Greenfields, Professor of Social Policy and Community Engagement, said she was 'proud' the University had introduced the bursary.
Prof Greenfields said: "These bursaries and the wider wrap-around support package - including access to mentors - have been developed to support our Vice-Chancellor's commitment to enhanced support for students from GTRSB communities.
"We're therefore building on our long-term work with the communities and importantly taking a whole university approach to inclusive education.
"I believe we are the only university in the country that has taken in to account the additional challenges members of the communities may face in entering or remaining in higher education, and introduced a package of bursaries and tailored support.
"I'm particularly proud of the fact that Roma, Showmen and Boaters are also eligible for this package, an approach which looks beyond the ethnicity categories of Gypsies and Travellers routinely used in education statistics.
"This move ensures recognition of the lived reality for wider related communities who also experience exclusion because of their ethnicity, heritage, living situation, and culture."
See more details and how to apply for the bursary, here.
Activity Bucks New University is undertaking to support GRTSB communities includes: