At Coventry University, we pride ourselves on making sure our students take advantage of every opportunity in order to make their experience of university life enjoyable, rewarding and life enhancing.
It was with this in mind that the university launched ‘The Chancellor’s Fund’ which pays for students to realise their potential and contribute to their success for future employment.
Over the past few years, students have used the fund to pay for everything from learning to fly to working towards an FA level 2 coaching badge and everything else in between!
The fund was originally set up by the Chancellor, Sir John Egan in 2013, and gives students access to non-repayable grants ranging from £100 to £1500.
Not every student can afford to take advantage of all of the opportunities available to them at university. Money for transport to get to a work experience placement, or buying specialist equipment or recommended course books can be difficult to fund for some, but through The Chancellor’s Fund it is possible to make a difference to a student’s academic career or employment prospects.
During 2013-14, a total of £45,000 was awarded to 104 students, selected from 1,400 applications. Last year, the total awarded was just over £67,000 – this included money from the Ada Lovelace fund, National express foundation and Sir William Lyons charitable fund.
Chris Smith, Acting Head of Development and Alumni Relations at Coventry University, said:
“Even a small donation can improve a student’s personal and professional development and make a positive impact on their future. Although applications to the fund far outweigh those we are able to award, what we have made money available for has changed lives and we will continue to fundraise in order to support more students in the future.”
This fund has been built up from external donations from our alumni and local business people.
One of many recipients of a grant was Adam Johnson who received £670 which went towards the cost of training for a private pilot’s licence.
Adam said: “I have reached a significant milestone as a result of this funding. I completed my first solo navigation flight; a key milestone that needs to be reached before moving on to further parts of flight training. The grant from the Chancellor’s Fund means I am now able to progress to the next stage of my training, which involves landing away at different airfields before completing a solo cross country flight.
“I cannot express enough my sincere gratitude to the supporters and donors of the Chancellor’s Fund. I had stopped my training as a result of lack of funds and have only been able to continue as a result of this award.”
All students need to do to apply for funding is to be able to present a clear and well described case for support.
The closing date for submission is no later than midnight on Sunday 31 January 2016.
To find out more about the Chancellor’s Fund and how you can apply: Click Here
To read about some more student testimonials of how the fund has helped them, Click Here
written by Ali Bushnell
edited by Esmé Spurling