Tuesday, 16 October 2012
A new Wychavon Scholarship is being launched to help support students from the district studying at the University of Worcester.
The scholarship, which was agreed by Wychavon District Council’s Executive Board this week, will be funded through New Homes Bonus allocations. The scholarship will be open to students from the Wychavon district choosing to study full time at the University of Worcester and can be taken up for courses starting in September 2013.
The scheme will initially run for students starting in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and will be open to undergraduates (except nursing and midwifery students who do not pay university tuition fees) and will provide £500 per student, for up to 100 students in each of the three academic years. The scholarship won’t be means tested, but will be available to applicants in the order in which they apply.
Cllr. Paul Middlebrough, Leader of Wychavon, said: “One of our priorities is to foster a strong economy, encouraging local students to study and hopefully get work locally is important to ensuring we have a strong skills set for businesses in the area to recruit good people from. We’re very pleased to be offering this kind of support to students and the University.”
Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Worcester, said: “I am delighted that Wychavon District Council has chosen to support university students students in such a practical way. As well as attracting students from all over the country, more and more local people are choosing to study at the University of Worcester. This scholarship is very good news for talented young people in Wychavon, who are choosing to study with their local university. This is a very far-sighted initiative of Wychavon’s, which has a wonderful record of acting as a true exemplar to local authorities throughout the region and the nation. I hope many more will follow their lead.”
Alongside the scholarship will run a programme of work placements at Wychavon giving students valuable work experience in a broad range of services that the council offers and link to local businesses. Every year students would also be in the running for an undergraduate prize presented by the Chairman of Wychavon and a Civic event will be hosted by the University for the Wychavon scholars.