This is some positive news and a great idea.
The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education have launched a £1 million bursary program, The Cambridge Thousand Futures Bursaries.
The program aims to help those who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to rebuild their lives through education and gaining qualifications.
One thousand people across the UK will have the opportunity to benefit from the bursary with each person receiving £1,000. They will be given the opportunity to gain access to affordable, part-time qualifications with more than 30 courses on offer from diplomas and advanced diplomas and undergraduate certificates.
These include part-time remote qualifications such as advanced diplomas in business management and coaching to art history and creative writing.
This opportunity will give the receiving applicants a stepping stone to enhancing their employability and top up and refresh their skills and knowledge to guide them on their way and aid them financially in doing so.
Thousand Futures Bursaries are open to those who have been affected by Covid-19 in the UK. Previous qualifications and educational background are not massively important to apply for this opportunity.
You will be eligible to apply if you are any of the following:
- A UK residents who has been furloughed as a result of Covid-19
- Have been made redundant from 1st April 2020 onwards
- Most at risk of the virus
- Over 70-year-olds
- Key workers, as defined by the government.
This means over 20 million people in the UK are eligible to apply.
Speaking about the initiative, ICE Director Dr James Gazzard said: “Our new one-million-pound bursary program will aim to support those adults who have been most affected by Covid-19 by providing more affordable access to higher education.”
Be sure to get your name down as soon as possible as it is on a first-come, first-served basis.
You can find more information on the ICE website.