For disadvantaged learners, the financial barriers to university can be overwhelming – but scholarships offer a solution. David Pearson says a partnership between his sixth-form college group and a finance company is giving young people the chance to get a degree – and the skills that employers want
I met Trevor Gomes when he was an aspirational, high-performing sixth-form student with a promising career ahead of him. But he faced some significant barriers.
Gomes wanted to be the first person in his family to go to university. However, finances were a problem. Like many young people, he worked part-time to help support his family. Going to university would mean increasing his hours to fund the costs.
At best, his university experience would be a juggling act between studying and paying for it, and he would still graduate massively in debt. At worst, the financial barriers would ...