27 January 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Helena Kennedy Foundation Awards, which support students to progress to higher education.

The awards provide support to students whose personal and financial circumstances make progression to higher education (HE) difficult. This may include financial, personal and practical support and opportunities to help students to transition to HE, enhance their university experience and improve chances of employment after graduation.

Every year we provide the opportunity for a student from an emfec member college to receive a Helena Kennedy Foundation bursary in support of their progression to a HE institute of their choice. Applications for the emfec Award are eligible from full emfec member colleges only. For more information about the emfec Award and other awards open for nominations, please click here.

Nominations do not need to indicate a particular award, but if the student’s personal circumstances, course or HE institute choice match the criteria for any of the awards listed, it is important that this information is included in their personal statement so they can be matched to the available awards.

Colleges can submit up to five applications by the closing date of 24 March 2016. Students nominated must currently be in their final year at a publicly-funded FE institution and be aiming to start a first-time programme of HE this autumn, however students taking a gap year will be considered.

Applications must demonstrate that the student is experiencing barriers to continuing their education and faces financial hardship. Students who are currently on a HE course or have completed one in the past are not eligible for these awards. For further information on eligibility criteria please click here.

Successful students are usually awarded a £1500 bursary towards the cost of their education, paid in instalments throughout the student’s HE course. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s training, mentoring and work-shadowing programmes.

To find out more about the bursaries or to download an application form, please click here.

The Helena Kennedy Foundation was set up in 1998 to take forward recommendations from the “Learning Works” report by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, which identified the needs of adult learners nationally.