We are committed to providing support for students where funding is a barrier to participation, contribution and attainment.
The types of funding support we have chosen are based on external research on the effectiveness of financial support methods, and on evidence gained from our own experience of providing financial support.
Promotion of diversity in our student culture is an important part of our ethos: we consider a rich and diverse student body a privilege and benefit to the learning environment of our organisation. We believe that our existing culture celebrates, supports and promotes inclusivity, however, we acknowledge that there are areas where we are under-performing with underrepresented groups.
Our financial support measures are primarily aimed at achieving higher representation of the following groups:
• Individuals from low participation neighbourhoods/socio-economic backgrounds
• Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic students
• Care leavers
We also monitor the enrolment and attainment of other underrepresented groups:
• People estranged from their families
• People from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
• Children from military families
We understand that students may be facing additional financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, and so we have launched a new COVID-19 Hardship Scheme, to help students with the cost of living and accommodation.
Futureworks’ full Access and Participation plan can be downloaded here .