For its first year running, Queen Mary is supporting the ground-breaking Tower Hamlets ‘Mayor’s Higher Education Award’ aimed at making higher education a more realistic prospect for young people in the borough. The launch of the initiative follows the success of the council’s ‘Mayor’s Education Award’, launched in 2011 to encourage school leavers to stay in education post-age 16.
Tower Hamlets is the first council in the UK to launch a higher education grant programme of this scale, which hopes to ease the cost of university life for students under the age of 24 who have lived in the Tower Hamlets borough for at least the past three years. There are a massive 400 grants available, each of £1,500, which will be allocated to local students beginning higher education this academic year. In a borough where 66% of children live in low income families, the initiative has been labelled an “unprecedented move by a local authority” by the mayor, estimated to support around half of the number of young people in the borough who attend university.
Queen Mary is proud to be offering a huge amount of support to the scheme. Our very own Professor of Postgraduate Education Joy Hinson, speaking at the St. Paul’s Way Trust School earlier this month, emphasized the university’s commitment to providing continuous support opportunities to our best and most talented students regardless of background or income.
“At Queen Mary we are proud that so many talented and highly motivated students from Tower Hamlets choose to study with us.” Adding that, “We too offer support to help ensure that they are not held back by financial barriers, with nearly 80 per cent of undergraduate students from Tower Hamlets receiving a bursary.”
Applications are now open and won’t close until December 15. So, if you’re new to Queen Mary from the local area, welcome to the uni and get those applications in!
Visit the Tower Hamlets Education website for more information about the award and how to apply. www.towerhamlets.gov.uk