The University Centre Truro and Penwith introduces new travel bursary for students in Cornwall.
The University Centre Truro and Penwith is pleased to announce the introduction of a new travel bursary aimed at students from the Redruth, Poole, St Austell, and surrounding areas. The bursary, which will provide eligible higher education students with £300 paid in three instalments, has been established after both internal and external research showed that some students in these areas were restricted by the cost of travel.
In a 2022 the National Union of Students (NUS) survey, 47% said that the student loan is not able to cover transport costs to college and that, because of the national rise in living costs, they will have to find funding from other sources including savings, family, and paid work.
The travel bursary is designed to alleviate some of the financial burden for students who face additional costs when traveling to University. This bursary will be available to eligible students who have enrolled and are on track to complete the academic year.
Current BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science student Sam lives in Redruth and commutes to the Truro campus. He said: “I have been lucky that due to class schedules, I only have to travel in two days a week [and] meant it was more manageable, but it’s brilliant that there is a bursary to help future students.”
Postcode areas eligible for the bursary include:
- St Austell
- Claybelt country (St Dennis, St Stephen, Stenalees, Nanpean and Foxhole)
The bursary payments will be made in three instalments, with the first payment being made in early November, the second payment in January, and the final payment in April. To be eligible for the bursary, students must reside in the Redruth, Pool, Camborne or St Austell and Claybelt areas.
Cleeve Jenkins, Acting Head of the University Centre commented: “We are delighted to introduce this new travel bursary. After speaking to our current students and gathering their feedback, we understand that travel expenses can be a significant burden for some students, and we are committed to supporting them in any way we can. We hope that this bursary will help alleviate some of the financial pressures that students face and enable them to fully engage with their studies.”
The new bursary will enable access to the range of courses available at the University Centre Truro and Penwith, where degrees are available in subject areas including Computing, Construction, Education, Media, Nursing and many more.
The University Centre Truro and Penwith is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all students, and this new travel bursary is just one of the many ways that the institution is working to support its students.
The University Centre is still accepting applications for September 2023.
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