University of Glasgow: Talent Scholarship Programme
Scholarship funding for Widening Participation students is firmly established and embedded as part of University of Glasgow WP provision. The Talent Scholarships Programme was launched in 2007/08 to support applicants to the University who face financial hardship in attending university, in particular those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, carers, care-experienced students, mature students, students from rural communities, BAME groups, disabled students, those who are estranged from their families, and asylum seekers and refugees. Between 50 and 70 new scholarships are awarded annually. Over 600 scholarships have been distributed to date at a cost of approximately £400,000 per year. More recently, the University has established partnerships with the Robertson Trust and the ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland) Foundation in order to expand it financial support and now offers 20 joint scholarships with the Robertson Trust and 5 with the ICAS Foundation.
The bursaries awarded to students are worth between £1,000 and £4,000 per year of study, depending on their individual circumstances. A condition of the Talent Scholarships is that students must continue to display the talent they showed at the point of application throughout their degree. As such, Scholars are monitored and tracked throughout their programme of study and receive support from the Scholarship Administrative team, the UoG WP team and wider Student Support Services as necessary. The package of financial support, underpinned by a broader input, is intended to help students, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, fulfil their potential and successfully progress through their degree. There is evidence to suggest that retention and progression rates amongst WP students have increased as a result of the overall institutional approach to WP, which includes a Local Student Orientation event, extended inductions and the allocation of a Study Adviser in addition to financial support, and that the gap between the most and least disadvantaged students is narrowing.
For more information about the Talent Scholarships programme see:
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