Mayoral Bursary helps more than 1,800 students

The £900,ooo “Mayoral Bursary” scheme by the City of Liverpool College and Liverpool City Council has helped more than 1,800 students.

This bursary helps students aged 16 – 18 in vocational and academic areas of study, and has been in operation for the last three years.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson visited the City of Liverpool College to see for himself the successes of the scheme and talk to students who are currently used the bursary to back their studies.

The Mayoral Bursary was established after the government scrapped Education Maintenance Allowances, leaving Liverpool’s city and education leaders concerned that some students would have trouble affording higher education.

To be eligible for the scheme, students must be under 19, study for at least 15 hours a week, and be part of a family that received financial support. Recipients get £20 a week through the Mayoral Bursary, payable every week subject to students who meet attendance and other study-based requirements.

Elaine Bowker, principal of the City of Liverpool College said:

“We are really pleased with the success of the scheme with the council. It has eased the impact of the cuts in education funding and helped support learners with some real financial challenges. The college always has, and always will support learners from all backgrounds and the bursary is part of our commitment to providing education to those who want it, not just those who can afford it.”

The financial commitment for the scheme comes from the college and from the Mayor’s office, forming part of the Mayor’s pledge to provide support to Liverpool students.

Mayor Joe Anderson said:

“It’s really important for the City that we are developing the right skills in the right sectors and that all young people have access to learning – I’m proud to be involved in this scheme with the college, which has seen some real success over the last three years and offered support to students at a time when family finances are under strain, ensuring that students have help in continuing their studies.”

According to the City of Liverpool College, lack of funding is generally the principal reason for students who drop out of courses, or who don’t study. The bursary has helped with these issues and  improved student retention and applications; giving young people greater opportunities to access higher education.


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Words: Peter Cribley

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