University of Worcester Helps Nearly 2,500 Low Income Students Access Higher Education

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The University of Worcester spent more than £3.7 million helping people from lower income and underrepresented groups study for a higher education, new figures have revealed.

Worcester is among the top West Midlands universities, spending more than 30% of its higher fee income on measures to widen access in 2012-13, which was the first year of the Government’s higher fees system.

A report released today by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) reveals that the University gave financial help to 2,422 first year students, which is more than 86% of its intake, through fee waivers and scholarships.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “The University of Worcester is deeply committed to widening access to, and participation in, high quality Higher Education.

“We believe that everyone who has the potential to benefit from Higher Education should do so, no matter what their financial situation.”

The University of Worcester has continued to award a £3,000 national scholarship to all students in receipt of a maximum grant (that is, to all students from households with a residual income of £25,000 or less), despite huge national cuts to the programme.

“We believe that the national scholarship scheme has provided valuable support to students from lower income backgrounds,” Professor Green added. “This is why we have decided to spend considerably more on the scheme than required and to retain as far as possible our existing commitments despite the significant reduction in government funding.”

There are also opportunities to get a number of other scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement or community volunteering work.