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Community Education partnership launched with 100% tuition fee bursaries available

25 March 2022

Club News

Community Education partnership launched with 100% tuition fee bursaries available

25 March 2022

Cambridge United Football Club staff and supporters are being offered new bursaries to study at the University of Cambridge in 2022...

Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT) and The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) are delighted to announce their intention to provide four more 100% tuition fee bursaries for the upcoming 2022/2023 academic year.

The Cambridge: United in Learning bursary is intended to enable supporters, players or coaches engaged with Cambridge United - who do not currently hold a recognised higher education level qualification (FHEQ level 4 or higher) and for whom finance may be a barrier to part-time study - to enrol on one of the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education’s part-time undergraduate certificates, which will be delivered remotely.

The courses cover a wide range of subjects in areas as diverse as science and medicine, coaching, business and management, creative writing and philosophy.

United in Learning is one of several programmes that ICE is currently implementing to widen access to the university’s adult courses, particularly among groups of people who could benefit from further study but tend not to apply.

A number of the programmes are being run in collaboration with organisations that, like the Community Trust, have strong community outreach links and can help to maximise their impact. A particular aim is to encourage more men to consider continuing education – men are currently under-represented, compared with women - by a ratio of approximately two to one.

The Undergraduate Certificates will start in the 2022/23 and are all delivered on a part-time basis.

Eligible applicants should be over 18, have a connection with Cambridge United Football Club or the Community Trust and do not already hold a recognised higher education level qualification and have limited financial means.

This makes them accessible to those working or with other personal commitments which would preclude full-time study.

Sam Gomarsall, Community Trust Manager, said, "Our vision is to use the power of sport and the brand of Cambridge United to empower our community and change lives and we know how important education is for achieving this. It’s fantastic to be collaborating with the University of Cambridge in this way."

How to apply for a Cambridge: United in Learning tuition fee bursary:

  • Applicants should apply for a bursary before making an application for a place on one of the designated Undergraduate Certificate courses on offer in Autumn 2022, through the ICE online application portal.
  • Applicants will need to send in a 300-word personal statement describing how receiving a bursary would benefit them and their proposed course of study at ICE. They will also need to provide evidence of their financial circumstances.
  • Full details of all courses are available here.
  • To apply for a bursary, please click here.

The bursary application closing date is 19 April 2022. The Bursary Panel will meet to consider applications received up to this date and students will be informed of the outcome within one month of the closing date.

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