Text provided by Fatmata K Daramy for the UniTasterDays Teachers' Guide to University 2023, whilst Fatmata was in post as the Widening Participation and Student Success Manager at The University of Law
Universities support students in a myriad of
ways - both financially and pastorally. The
following article will outline the ways in which
they do this.
It is important to note that support will differ between institutions. I would encourage prospective students to visit university websites to gain an understanding of the services which can be provided.
To address the financial concerns some
students might have in attending university,
there are a range of bursaries and scholarships.
In general, a scholarship is awarded based on
a student’s merit e.g., if they have achieved
specified grades before attending university. In
contrast, bursaries are usually allocated based
on financial need.
Some universities, including The University of Law, provide bursaries for students who fit specific household income criteria. These bursaries might not need to be applied for, as some universities will automatically allocate the funds to students.
Widening participation students are identified
as students who are underrepresented in
higher education. This includes, but is not
limited to, mature students, students with
care responsibilities, Black, Asian, and
Minority Ethnic students, disabled students, and students from low socio-economic
backgrounds. Support can be provided to aid
these students throughout their educational
journey, from access to university to
progression into the world of work.
Students should be encouraged to disclose such information on their application forms. This will enable universities to identify them as being in specific groups i.e., a care leaver or a student with a disability. This will ensure that the students receive the support that has been tailored for them. For example, The University of Law provides undergraduate estranged and care-experienced students with a financial support package as well as contextual offers to enable them to access higher education.
Additional forms of support that universities
offer include those directed towards student
success. An example of this is peer to peer,
external, or alumni mentoring. These are
focused on allowing students to be able to build
relationships and networks.
Finally, one unique way that some universities are providing support to students is through schemes enabling current students to co- create initiatives that aim to support student success for widening participation students. One example of this is Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) advocates or ambassador schemes. This is a paid role that enables the university to work with students who self- identify as part of the BAME community, to aid the university in supporting and empowering specific students. This scheme not only supports BAME students in general, but it empowers students to be able to create change and further support their peers.
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