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Empowering the next generation

15 September 2017

‘I believe that education brings power and freedom. It’s a private and public good, and a fundamental human right. By levelling the playing field, everyone benefits, not just locally, but throughout the entire education sector. It’s what makes alumni support for our pioneering Bristol Scholars scheme so revolutionary.’ Michael Jaffrin, Headteacher at St Brendan’s School, Bristol.

Thanks to you, 41 talented students who would not have otherwise had access to a university education have been able to realise their aspirations with a life-changing Bristol degree. With our Bristol Scholars programme, you have provided them with a chance to succeed regardless of their individual circumstances.

Those awarded places at the University of Bristol are among the best and brightest in the world. But there are also those with the talent and desire to succeed who miss out on a place because their exam performance does not reflect their potential. This can be due to a range of educational, economic or caring challenges they might have encountered. With your support, we have been able to address some of these challenges. Bristol is the first higher education institution to take radical steps towards creating a more robust recruitment method – giving the brightest disadvantaged local young people the opportunity to realise their full potential.

The University has made offers to students from every school and college in the Bristol area whose headteachers have identified their ability and potential to succeed at university far outstrips their predicted exam grades. Those students whose household income is below £25,000 will receive a first-year tuition fee waiver and an annual bursary of £3,750. To ensure they thrive, all Bristol Scholars receive a unique, tailored package which includes academic and pastoral support, peer mentors and financial aid.

Gifts like yours have enabled us to kick-start this initiative. From 2017-18 the Bristol Scholars Programme will be an integral part of the University’s core offering. Thanks to you, Bristol is leading the way. We are affirming Bristol’s role as a civic university and offering opportunities for the whole community. We are changing lives for the better.

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