University Offers Open Day Travel Bursaries For Brighton And Hove’s Under-represented Pupils

Queen Mary University of London is offering a travel bursary, free lunch, and a tailored ‘Preparing for Success’ course, for young people in Brighton and Hove under-represented in higher education to attend the University’s Open Day on Saturday 5 October in London. 

In line with Queen Mary’s commitment to widening participation in university education, this initiative aims to help students, wherever they live, to visit the University’s Open Day.

The travel bursary will cover reasonable travel costs on public transport for qualifying individuals coming from outside London. In addition to the travel bursary, prospective students will receive a free lunch and will be invited to attend an online virtual event prior to the day, where they will be provided additional information and guidance on university life.

Widening participation is particularly important to Queen Mary’s Principal and President, Professor Colin Bailey, who did not himself take a typical route into higher education. Having left school at 16, Colin took a job as an apprentice draftsman and at 22 he returned to education – a decision that began his journey to becoming a world-leading structural engineer. Now, in his role as Principal and President of Queen Mary, Professor Bailey has ensured widening participation remains a key part of the University.

Professor Bailey said: “We are always actively seeking out and recruiting students from backgrounds currently under-represented at universities like ours.

“Our Open Day initiative is about widening participation and making sure that any student who might wish to apply to Queen Mary, is able to experience the supportive environment we can offer.

“Everyone who has the potential, regardless of what walk of life they have come from, should be able to access the distinctive and world-leading educational experience on offer at Queen Mary.”

The widening participation initiative is available to any student who attends a non-selective state school, has or will achieve the required GCSE grades, and is on target to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level. In addition to this they must either: live in a qualifying neighbourhood, neither parent or carer has attended University in the UK or abroad, has lived or are currently living in local authority care, are a young carer, or are estranged from their family or living independently.

For more information and to check eligibility and register for the initiative, follow this link: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/openday/plan/widening-participation-travel-bursary/