- Bristol Scholars is a new pioneering scheme being offered by the University of Bristol to help ensure local school children have an equal opportunity to realise their academic potential, irrespective of their background.
- The Russell Group university will be making lower guaranteed offers to five ‘high potential’ students from every school in Bristol, which offers post-16 qualifications, for the course they wish to study.
- Eligibility for the scheme will be based on head teachers’ assessment of potential and progress, rather than examination results alone.
- Priority will be given to students who have overcome educational or domestic disadvantage and meet a range of widening participation criteria such as being the first in their family to attend university, being part of the Free School Meals cohort, living in care or being a young carer.
- In addition to a guaranteed offer, the University will offer academic and pastoral support to the scholars, plus financial support for those whose household income is below £25,000.
- The new scheme was launched by MP Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, at St Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol on Thursday 15 December.
- Additional key speakers at the launch included Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, and Molly Hiscox, a nominated Bristol Scholar.