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Applications open for £5,000 Santander care leaver bursary


Students with care leaver status who are looking to study for a taught Masters degree at Brunel University London are being invited to apply for the £5,000 Santander Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary.

Eligible students for this bursary must be in receipt of an offer to study for a postgraduate taught full time course of one year at Brunel. It is open to applicants who have studied at undergraduate level at Brunel or another university.

Students must submit a supporting statement of 250 words explaining why they would be a suitable recipient of the Bursary.

The statement should be emailed to together with proof of care leaver status as defined in the criteria.

The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 defines a care leaver as a young person who has been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks, including at the time of their 16th birthday.

Applications close on Friday 28 July.

Karen Western, Widening Participation Co-Ordinator, says: “We are really pleased to be able to offer a Santander Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary. Very few care leavers progress to undergraduate study and even fewer progress to postgraduate study.

“The Bursary is provided to encourage care leavers to progress to and successfully complete a postgraduate taught course.  We are dedicated to improving the outcomes of care leaver students and are hoping this will make a significant difference for the successful student.”

Government loans of up to £10,000 are also now available for postgraduate study.

Reported by:

Sarah Cox, Media Relations