New fundraising initiative launched to support students’ futures

Futures will offer a variety of scholarship opportunities for new and existing students to support them financially as they study at the University, as well as developing a network of Futures Partners to inspire and give professional support.

Our aim is to draw on our alumni and local business supporters to share their expertise and experience with students, to make a real difference to their future success and ensure financial pressures are not a barrier to success for talented students.

“We know that right now our students are really struggling with the cost-of-living. This is why launching Futures at this moment is so important, and we’re thrilled to be joining forces with our alumni community and local businesses to make it happen.”

Sara Scriven, Head of Fundraising

Sara went on to comment that: “Futures is going to make a real difference to our students, but it’s not just the students who will benefit. Our Futures Partners have spoken to us about the benefits they’ve seen in their own careers as a result of mentoring and coaching support. I would encourage anyone who wants to have a rewarding experience and make a real impact to get in touch with our team.”

Speaking at the event Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Rama Thirunamachandran said: “We are always incredibly proud of the significant role our graduates play in supporting regional growth and development, crafting successful careers which span across a range of key industries, including providing key skills to support our local healthcare, STEM educational and creative arts providers.

“We are delighted to launch the new Futures programme to support our current and future students with this additional strand of funding, to support their ambitions and help them excel while studying with us.”

Futures Scholarships

The community-funded Futures Scholarships will offer students a £5,000 bursary for each year of study. Scholars will also receive access to a Futures Coach and workshops to build confidence and employability. Supporters of Futures Scholarships will have the opportunity to meet the scholar during their time at the University. Find out how you can give to the Scholarship fund today.

Futures Partners

As a Futures Partner you can make a difference by offering your time as a Futures Coach, Futures Mentor, Futures GuideFutures Placement, or simply sharing your experiences through a Futures Story. These volunteer roles can fit around your time commitments and interests, and we can work with you to find the right opportunity for you.