Enabling Students

Enabling Students-Beyond Divisions

Your support helps us to invest in our student experience. Here's how you're making a difference.

With the support of donors, the Enabling Students programme is helping a diverse range of aspiring students here at Reading. Many talented and driven scholars sadly find their pathway blocked by financial obstacles, and without extra financial support they would be simply unable to complete their studies. The Enabling Students programme has been established to break down these barriers and, thanks to your support, we are reaching students in need of help.

From students from low-income families to people living in areas of conflict or crisis across the world, your support is having a real impact on increasing opportunities available to those facing financial barriers to further education. You are also helping students to realise their potential outside of the classroom by supporting extracurricular activities. Your support is helping Reading scholars to go beyond barriers, beyond borders and beyond the curriculum.

Beyond Barriers

Anonymous, BSc Human Geography

Our student grew up in a low-income area of Wolverhampton, where she says that the future "does not always look bright." She was awarded a Pioneer Bursary scheme, funded by donors like you, which enabled her to balance studying and provide support to her mother.

She says: "Growing up in a less financially stable background than some of my other friends has been hard. But it has meant that I have learned to work harder, as well as make the most of opportunities."

"With the bursary, I will be able to purchase key books that my lecturers have recommended. In addition to this I will use the Pioneer Bursary to pay for train tickets to visit home and support my mother, who is currently in the process of recovering from a stroke and brain haemorrhage. She was quite dependent on me before coming to university and I'd like to continue to help her as much as I can alongside fulfilling my aspiration of achieving my degree."

Beyond Borders

Suzan, MSc Food Security and Development

Suzan grew up in South Sudan and is currently studying at Reading, thanks to donor support which has paid for her University fees. South Sudan has a long history of civil war and political unrest, and conflict continues to affect its people today. Despite turmoil at home she was determined to get an education. Suzan managed to earn a degree and eventually found herself working in agriculture and food security. Suzan wanted to do more to help her community, but she needed financial help. She spent years applying for financial support to enable her to go on to further study without luck, but last year Suzan got the news that there was a place for her on a master's programme at the University of Reading.

Suzan says she is here because she wants to be a role model for her three little girls. "I want to show them how education can help to make you a better person. It is difficult for many people in South Sudan; every day you fear for yourself and your family. You can't always control what happens, but you can control how you act in bad situations." Education gave her a reason to keep going and the ability to support her family and help her community.

"I cannot thank those who helped me along the way enough. Without your help I would not be studying at Reading. Students like me rely on your generosity."

Beyond the Curriculum

Tessa, The Reading Internship Scheme

The Reading Internship Scheme has been established to help students boost their employability skills before graduating.

Your donations have helped the University to link up with a number of small to medium size local charities, organisations and enterprises to establish a paid internships programme This offers students the chance to gain a working insight into a particular career and develop their professional network, whilst being able to give something back to the wider community in Greater Reading at the same time. Experience is a valuable trait in the employment market, and our internships give students a competitive edge when graduating.

Tessa is one student to benefit from the Reading Internship Scheme, taking up a marketing placement with Connect Reading, a charity that develops partnerships between the private, public, voluntary and community sectors to address areas of need within Greater Reading. Tessa (pictured left) explains how the internship has helped her.

"It made everything clear and I started looking at marketing jobs after my internship finished. As a result of my work Connect Reading extended my internship by an additional three months, which I was very pleased about.

It was a great opportunity. My managers were brilliant and I learnt so much whilst working here."

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impact story facts and stats


Government support for students decreases beyond a household income of £25,000

Donors are enabling us to help aspiring refugee scholars from countries in crisis.

The Reading Internships scheme is improving students' employability prospects after graduating.

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