“I really want to carry on and complete my course and then to apply for university. Thank you for your help. In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity"
Colin was on an Access to Computer, Science and Maths Level 3 Course. He lives on his own and travelled from Chatham to study his course. He has lost his parents and although he has two siblings they are not able to support him financially.
LRT bursary assisted me with travel expenses that I wouldn't have been able to
afford on my own income. It is because of the LRT that I am able to attend my
course to achieve an access to higher education diploma in computer science and
maths. I appreciate the support from LRT team and I am forever grateful as they
have made my life a little easier. Thank you.”
Ruth’s Asylum Seeker Status means that she had very little money to support herself and her young son.
“Thank you for the bursary. It helped with my child nursery fees as well as food and travel.”
He cannot obtain funding from the Student Loan Company because of his residential status. He originally came to the UK as a dependent of his father. Atesaam is waiting for the Home Office to issue his own Biometric Card evidencing his indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The LRT helped towards his course costs.
“The LRT support is immense for me as it will give me an opportunity to follow my dream of becoming the best Software Programmer in the country. I couldn’t be happier.”
“As a recipient of the LRT I was able continue my AAT level 3 course. Gaining this qualification will give me more chance of securing a job in the future. I really appreciate the help."
the only provider in the family as her husband was suffering health issues. She
was travelling quite a distance to do the course and was really struggling to
keep afloat financially.
“This award has given me the opportunity to have a better future. What great support!”
“The bursary has helped relieve my financial struggle significantly. Being a single parent working part-time it was very difficult. I often thought of quitting the course because I was exhausted with working and studying and struggling to pay for books, child care and basic costs. Because of the bursary, however, I think all the hard work will be worth it.”
“The LRT has helped me by paying a part of my tuition fee which I would have found difficult without their help. I want to thank them for their generosity towards students like me. God bless you all!"
Tsotne is on an Access to Higher Education Computer
Science and Maths programme. Being an asylum seeker he was not eligible for
funding. He is the first in his family to progress to higher education. As well
as the barrier of language his family has no money to help with his fees.
“It is very difficult to find the appropriate words to express the gratefulness to the Learning Revolution Trust for what you have done for me and for other students."
“With very young children and a partner who is self-employed, it was very challenging financially to pay the tuition fees without some external help. I was very determined to do this course - it was my access to University and I wasn't going to let the opportunity slip just like that. I heard about the LRT and so applied. I was awarded some help towards my tuition fees. The news was such a huge relief to me. I am really grateful to the Learning Revolution Trust. It's very reassuring to know that there are organisations like this who actually care and help students who really want to study but cannot do so because of financial constraints.”
“The bursary helped me to study and achieve my goal. Thank you LRT for the help that you gave me.”
“This bursary helped me a lot, to reach my goal in finishing A level maths. It has given me the opportunity to receive offers from top universities such as Bristol, Nottingham, Bath and Leeds. I am so grateful for your help!”
“The LRT bursary has helped me so much and has made my dreams of becoming a midwife and having full time employment more tangible.”
“The LRT has helped me stay on my course and pursue my dream of going to University to study Accounting and ultimately become a financial accountant.”
"I want to express my immense gratitude to the Learning Revolution Trust for awarding me a bursary. This bursary is really going to help me be able to continue my course.”
“The money I received has made my future goals more tangible. My confidence has increased and I am able to focus on my studies. I am very grateful to the Learning Revolution Trust and I hope the charity will receive more support so it can continue to help students facing difficulties such as mine.”
“Being awarded the bursary was like receiving an early Christmas present. I was feeling more and more desperate each day worrying about how I would be able to pay the balance for my tuition fees. My CELTA course was nearing its end and there was still a substantial amount that I owed. Luckily my tutor made me aware of the Learning Revolution Trust.Now that my fees have been fully paid, I feel so relieved and so grateful for being a recipient of the bursary. There's a new confidence in me with the knowledge that I will soon be a qualified ESOL teacher, opening up potential job opportunities. Thank you LRT for believing in me and for supporting me to achieve my goal."
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
Debra had one outstanding module to complete in
respect of her Level 5 Business Management programme. She had no SLC support
available to her for this module. She lives alone and was suffering financially
as she had to cease her full time job following medical advice received from
“The support of bursary helped me to complete my module Human Resources Management. I am very gratefully for the support.”
“Thank you very much for the support!”
“The bursary was a great help towards my travel expenses because it enabled me to attend my classes. Before I received the I bursary my attendance was poor because I just could not afford to travel to colleges."
Cynthia was in her third and final year. She was not eligible for funding in respect of maintenance because she is an Irish citizen; similarly she is not eligible to receive benefits. She lives alone and relied upon an allowance from the Irish Government plus parental support. However, due to personal circumstances; the financial support from her parents diminished dramatically. The LRT support eased her immediate financial pressures and enabling her to successfully complete her education.
“Many thanks for your support.”
The LRT helped towards some of her costs.
“Thank you so much for your help. I really
“Without the LRT bursary, I would have found it extremely difficult to continue my studies. As a self funding student, the LRT has gone a long way to support my educational journey.”
Muna was in the final year of her combined Studies HE programme. She was originally due to finish her course in July 2016 but because of personal circumstances she had to extend until May 2017 and as such was not entitled to any student funding for the additional ten months. She needed financial assistance to help her with her living expenses.
“The bursary has helped me a great deal. I was really struggling financially and was not able to afford travel costs or to buy the books and study materials that I needed. Without this bursary I really believe I would not have been able to continue with my course. I am eternally grateful to the Learning Revolution Trust for taking away some of the financial pressure and in helping me to focus on completing my course. Thank you.”
Kirsty* was in her first year of study. She did not receive any maintenance support because of her EU status – she is a Bulgarian national and had been resident in the UK for one year. She lives alone in a shared house and worked part time around her study. Her income was not enough to cover her living expenses and she was struggling with her rent and other household bills. The LRT helped to ease her financial situation and assist her in completing the first year of her study.
“Thank you to the LRT. The money really helped me as I was able to afford basic costs, travel to college and also to buy materials I needed for college.”
“I am so happy to be a part of an establishment that looks after their students this much. While some times the stress of life at University will not allow us to avoid obstacles, the LRT had made sure through my obstacles they will not allow me to fail. In my most desperate time of need they helped me find accommodation for me and my daughter and I am so grateful. For years to come I will never forget how the LRT helped to change my life. Thank you."
“The bursary has helped me be able to travel to college as well as helping with other basic costs. Thank you."
“This bursary has helped me in furthering my education and given me the opportunity to have a more successful future. Thank you."
“I really appreciated the support from the LRT. Without this I would have had to face up to bailiffs knocking at my door! I was not excepting this debt at all as I thought it had been dealt with. As a single parent studying money is already very tight."
“The bursary has supported me enormously in enabling me to continue my studies until the end. Without the bursary, it would have been impossible for me to be able to continue my studies to completion. I am very grateful.”
“The LRT bursary assisted me at a time of great need whilst studying on a 3 yr Degree course at the NUC part of Newham College Stratford.”
“The bursary helped towards my tuition fees as well as living expenses and enabling me to buy necessary books for my course. I would not have been able to manage without this bursary. Thank you LRT for your kind support."
"Without the help of the LRT team I would not have been able to continue with my studies and would have no doubt had to leave the course. I will be forever grateful for the bursary because without it I wouldn’t have been in this fortunate position I am today”.
“Thank you for the bursary. This help will enable me to concentrate more on my studies rather than just engaging with hard work for money.”
Sade* was studying BA Counselling degree. She had no financial support and was struggling to pay for her fees as well as supporting her two children. She had gone back to studying after 16 years so that she could fulfil her dreams of becoming a counsellor.
“The Trust has helped me and my children in more ways than I can speak about. I enrolled on the counselling course in February 2016 and resigned from work believing I would be entitled to a student loan. My application, however, was rejected. Without the LRT’s support I would not have been able to continue studying. I have 2 children and it has been hard returning to full time study. I feel confident and happy knowing the financial burden has been eased. I can concentrate on making my family proud and in securing a better future for us all. Thank you for all your help.”
Lorraine was studying Business and Management
Studies. Having separated from her husband she was facing severe financial
difficulties. She tried to secure part-time work but this proved difficult to
find around her study. She thought she would have to drop out of her studies to
find full time work as she couldn’t cope. As she was in her last hear she
really didn’t want to do this. The LRT helped by providing her with funds for
her basic needs.
“The LRT bursary helped me to pay my rent during my financial challenges. Thank you."
"Thanks very much for the bursary. I would not been in a position to continue with my Degree if the LRT funding was not available."
“The bursary helped give me a helping hand in a financial situation that made me almost want to give up. I felt like I wasn't alone because the bursary helped towards my debt which I am extremely grateful for.”
“The bursary has been a great help. It helped towards my sons’ nursery fees and travel costs therefore relieving some of my stress.”
“The Learning Revolution Trust’s support has helped replace my worries with happiness."
“The Learning Revolution Trust has helped me stay on top of my household bills as well as with my travel costs to College. This will enable me to complete my modules. I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the Learning Revolution Trust."
“The bursary has enabled me to continue with my studies
as I can now pay most of my basic expenses. I would never have been able to
come this far without the bursary."
“The Learning Revolution Trust has been a great support to me. The award has helped towards paying my tuition fees so that I can complete my course. It has also helped me meet basic costs. I know I will now be able to fulfil my ambition in gaining my degree in Counselling.”
“This bursary will enable me to fulfil my dream of gaining a Degree in Counselling. The financial assistance will enable me to travel to college, buy the material I need and pay for some of my tuition fees. This assistance has given me the motivation I need to continue with my studies because I was beginning to feel discouraged.”
“Thank you for helping me. The funding helps me with my rent easing the financial burden.”
“The bursary has helped pay towards my tuition fees. As I am struggling financially I can honestly say that the bursary has helped so much. I am very grateful because now I can carry on with my studies without having to worry about getting myself into more debt.”
“The bursary has helped me in so many ways. It has helped me pay my rent arrears and some university costs and as such has taken a lot of pressure off me. The worry about how I could pay for things had become very stressful and was affecting my studies. I am not sure if I would have been able to continue with my course if I had not received financial assistance from the Learning Revolution Trust. I really appreciate that there is funding like the Learning Revolution Trust available to help people like myself.”
“I really feel that this bursary has enabled me in achieving my future goals, and taken me away from my home situation and given me purpose, which has already had great emotional benefits for me."
“The bursary has helped me by enabling me to buy books and ICT equipment for core readings and writing assignments. It has also helped with travel expenses enabling me to continue attending my course. If I had not received the bursary, I'm not sure how I would have coped, as I was struggling financially."
"The bursary has been a profound help to me. As a self funding student balancing work and university commitments can be stressful. The bursary has contributed to my tuition fees easing much financial pressure which allows me to focus on my studies in the final year of my degree."
“I would like to thank the LRT for my bursary. This has been so helpful. I was finding it a real struggle to cope with bills and other costs. The support I am receiving from you has helped give me motivation and will help enormously towards improving my life through study."
Leanna was a single mum with three children. She had previously studied at university but had to quit her course due to domestic violence and subsequently being relocated. She was doing a BA in counselling studies. She only received funding for one year and so she was self funding the rest of the course. She made many sacrifices to pursue her dreams of becoming a qualified counsellor but was struggling financially.
“I would like to thank the Learning Revolution Trust for helping to contribute to my fees. Without this help I wouldn’t be able to get through this year. With your support my life will change for the better and I will endeavour to carry on and complete a Masters, becoming a success story to inspire others to have faith and never give up.”
“The support from the Learning Revolution Trust will take the burden off and help alleviate stress so I can concentrate on my studies."
“The money from the Learning Revolution Trust will help me greatly towards expenses that are needed for my course which I would otherwise struggle to afford."
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
Janet was in the final year of her Counselling Degree and was struggling because her maintenance support had been suspended.
She lives with her young daughter in a privately rented flat and works part-time but there is a shortfall. The lack of SLC maintenance money means that she did not have enough income to pay the bills and other outgoings. She was behind with her rent and requested LRT assistance to help her through these cash flow difficulties until her SLC maintenance payment resumed.
“I was really struggling financially because I didn't get any maintenance support. With the LRT support I was able to pay my bills and other basic costs. I'm so grateful for the help.”
Rita was in the last year of her counselling degree. She was struggling financially. Because of her physical ailments she has great difficulty walking so is compelled to use cabs to get around, including her commuting to College. She needed financial assistance to see her through to the end of her degree.
“Thank you for the support. It was a great help. I bought some text books relevant for my counselling studies. I am very thankful.”
“I would like to say a big thank you for the LRT bursary. This money was very helpful to me as I managed to arrange a nursery place for my son before the start of the course.”
Cheryl was encountering financial difficulties, predominantly rent arrears. She lives alone and has no family support.
“The bursary helped contribute towards my rent. It alleviated some stress from my housing situation so I could focus on and continue on my Studies!”
Freya was studying an Introductory Certificate in Bespoke Tailoring at Level 1 and was struggling financially. She had had high travel costs, lives alone and was reliant upon her earnings from part time work to support herself and pay her regular bills/outgoings.
“I had enrolled on a course the previous year and unfortunately had to drop out due to financial hardship. Receiving the LRT when I came back the following year, helped me tremendously and allowed me to finish the course, which was used towards materials and my travel expenses. I am so grateful”
Lateef commenced the second year (of three) of his counselling degree programme in September 2017 and requested extra financial assistance from LRT because of his financial difficulties. Due to an unexpected bill he was in debt and as such could not afford his travel, food or bills. He was relying on his classmates for financial help and was in danger of having to quit his course. His mother, a single parent, had no means to help him financially.
“I was able to use the money from the LRT for travel and meals and to help pay some bills. Because of the support I was able to continue on my course."
Ruby* was studying for a BA degree in Counselling. A single mum, she was suffering severe financial hardship due to rent arrears, having to move home, a fine and owing money to a loan company. She was on track to complete her course but financial worries were affecting her studies.
“As a recipient of an LRT bursary, I can say the support helped me tremendously. I was able to pay my rent arrears, buy my son a bed, as well as paying some of the debt I had accumulated whilst being at university. I would like to say thank you and that I am truly grateful.”
Sonia wanted to enroll onto a Women’s Hairdressing course. She had been offered a place but needed support with childcare. She was unable to afford all the childcare costs as she was not working and did not have any family support.
“Thank you so much for the support.”
Amanda was approaching the end of her Pre-Access Level 2 in Sciences programme. She had an outstanding examination fee which she was finding very difficult to pay. She was not working and her parents were not able to assist. Her father was on a very low income and her mother was suffering ill-health.
“The LRT helped me to carry on with my course. Without its help I could not have proceeded.”
“Thank you so much to the LRT for your help!”
“The help from the LRT enabled me to continue my studies. I was worried that I would not be able to study beyond Entry 3 English and Maths but now I'm just finishing level 2 English and Maths! I would not have been able to do this without the LRT’s support."
“I felt really relieved when I received the support from the Learning Revolution Trust. It meant so much to me and my children. It was the turning point that changed the tense atmosphere in my home as I now had the support to get childcare for my kids. I am very grateful to the sponsors of the LRT.”
“Thank you for the bursary. I can now follow my special diet and have more energy. This will improve my life daily. I would like to say a big thank you to the LRT sponsors for coming to my rescue and contributing to my well-being. I now I don’t have to worry about my situation.”
Lydia was on an Access Course to Psychosocial Science at Level 3. She had to give up her employment to cope with the demands of the course, and was experiencing housing difficulties following the withdrawal of housing benefit by the Local Authority.
“Thank you and thank you again to the Learning Revolution Trust. The payment came as an answer to my prayers. I had just borrowed money from a friend to help with travel costs for my university interview appointments outside London and I was able to pay that back the same day. Having this money means so much to me. It will really help with this last phase of my course and I am determined to complete with flying colours”.
He was facing financial hardship as he had high travel costs travelling from Wembley to attend his course.
“The bursary has helped me cover a few weeks’ travel costs from home to college. This is an enormous help to me as it has enabled me to focus more on my studies. These last few months are very crucial as I want to pass my course successfully and gain a place at one of my chosen universities.”
“The Learning Revolution Trust has contributed a lot in my life in helping me to move forward and change my life. I can now afford the travel to attend my lectures and seminars as well as purchase a number of essential study materials.”
“The money helped me a lot as we live in North London so travel costs are high. It has also helped me buy food for myself and my son. I really appreciate it.”
“This bursary was a great help as I was going through a tough time and wanted to continue studying. The bursary helped me with my travel fare and childcare fee which I had to pay to continue attending college. I am so grateful to the LRT for the support."
“The bursary came just at the right time when I needed money to sort out my issues so I could continue to attend college. We were in the last phase of submitting assignments and building our portfolio which is a really crucial time for any access student. I am really glad that I was supported. I am now on my way Essex University to study International Business and Entrepreneurship. I can’t wait to get my foot into the career of my dreams.”
“The LRT bursary made all the difference in the world. Finally, I could buy milk and clothes for my baby. Finally I could travel to college. Receiving this money changed my life; it lifted me out of depression and anxiety and helped make me feel like I was a mum again, able to care for my son. It truly brought sunshine into my life. I was able to complete ESOL Entry 2 course and I am progressing to the next level which is ESOL Entry 3. I am so grateful to the Learning Revolution Trust”.
“The money helped pay some of my daughter's nursery fees as well as travel for my son to school and books for myself. I am so grateful for all your help. Thank You.”
Sharon* was studying Child and Adolescent Psychology. She was homeless due to family issues and was staying with various friends. She was awaiting funds from student finance and in the meantime was struggling with living and travel costs having to miss a class because she could not pay the train fare. Having no laptop it was difficult for her to stay on top of her studies. The funding from the LRT helped her whilst she was waiting for her student finance to come through. She was able to find accommodation.
“The help from the LRT enabled me to pay rent in December whilst I waited for student finance. It also made rationing the money I eventually received from student finance much easier. I now have a laptop enabling me to get my work done efficiently and I have monthly oyster card money already set aside for the coming months so I know I can get to my lectures.”
Sandra* was studying for a combined Counselling and Psychology degree. A single mum of two she was struggling to meet the cost of breakfast and after school clubs for her children whilst she was on her course as well as paying for travel and study books.
“The LRT bursary has helped me immensely. I was close to dropping out of my studies due to dire financial difficulties, and since being awarded the bursary I am able to continue with my education, in the hope of making myself and my two sons proud.”
“The bursary came at just the right time as I did not have enough money for my travel fare to college. It has also helped me top up my food supply. Thank you."
Cheryl was studying Combined
Studies. She was waiting for her
childcare via student finance to be assessed but a backlog meant she would be
without funding for at least 7 weeks. In the meantime she was trying to pay
half of her childcare costs out of her student maintenance finance leaving her
short for other basic needs. Her childcare provider could not continue without
full payment and Cheryl was going to have to stop attending her course until
her childcare finance came through.
“The LRT hardship fund has helped me to continue with my studies. Without it I would have had to stop with my studies until my issue with childcare payments had been sorted."
Susie was a Counselling s Studies student. Her student finance was delayed and she was living in unsuitable accommodation with her three children. She was offered alternative accommodation but had no financial resources to help with her move.
“The bursary has helped me and my family so much. Being a full time student making ends meet is very hard. Receiving the bursary was a lifeline”.
would like to thank the Learning Revolution Trust for awarding me this bursary.
The bursary has helped me so much."
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
Farjana was on a Young Person ESOL Course at Entry Level 3. She came to the UK in November 2017. Having suffered domestic violence she lived alone in a refuge dependent upon JSA/Housing Benefit. She was struggling financially to pay for basic costs including food and travel and had to borrow money from a neighbour to buy clothes as she did not have any with her.
“I am so grateful – thank you”.
“The Learning Revolution Trist has helped me continue my course as I can now afford the travel costs, lunch and equipment costs. I don't know what I would have done without it, it has really helped my daughter and I.”
“The bursary has helped me buy the necessary material for my course and other basic needs. I will now be able to stay at college to finish my studies and one day pursue a career in childcare.”
LRT Fund has helped me continue my studies. It has enabled me to travel to
college and also to buy a new laptop so I can complete my course work. It has
also helped with basic costs such as buying food.”
“The support from the Learning Revolution Trust has helped me in many ways. It has enabled me to buy the equipment needed to continue my course as well as clothes and shoes for college. I am so thankful that I was one of the many students helped by this organisation. You are helping us to not give up on our goals and dreams by doing what you say “inspiring lives". Thank you!”
“I was totally surprised when I received this bursary. This will help me make a positive change in my life and will help me achieve my dreams. Thank you very much!”
“The bursary will help me attend college so I can pass my course for next year. It will also enable me to buy additional resources which will help with my assignments and for a research project I will have to do next year.”
“This bursary will help me a great deal through my educational path. It will enable me to complete my course successfully, help me to go to the Psychology University and one day became a successful businesswoman. This bursary will help me to achieve my dream by becoming the first person in my family to go to University."
Frewoyne Michael was studying 1F-CERTP-P-PPYA-A-S Level 1. She had had a very difficult childhood. She had had various challenges as a result of this which culminated in her migration to the United Kingdom. Frewoyne was looked after by Social Services. The LRT bursary helped her with the costs of books and travel.
Sienna* is from Pakistan. She had a difficult
childhood and was looked after by social services.
“The bursary has helped me in many ways. I have bought books for my course as well as equipment and clothes for college. I had very little before. The bursary has helped me believe in my self and to never give up.”
"This money has helped me a lot, especially when it comes to food and travel."
“Without the financial help from LRT my day to day life would be a struggle."
from the Learning Revolution Trust has made me more financially stable. It was
incredibly hard before”.
Ravindra is a model student considering the challenges he faces in his personal life, which has impacted on his ability to secure paid employment.
He began his learner journey with Newham College in February 2019 when he carried out a L1 Introduction to Care course from which he progressed on to a L2 course in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care.
Ravi was a keen student with excellent timekeeping and attendance - he was always the first to arrive to class. He participated well during classroom discussions and was often the initiator of these discussions. He asked relevant questions and was often seen supporting those of his peers who were struggling with language barriers. Ravi enthusiastically took part in class activities and always put himself forward as group spokesperson.
He was a well liked team player and an asset to the class and always put in 100% effort in to his work. Ravindra was always keen to receive feedback; taking advice on board and using it to adjust his attitudes and outlook and improve himself personally and professionally.
Ravindra has now secured employment and completed his induction period with his employer - Care Outlook in London. He continues to update his knowledge and skills and is eager to progress in his chosen profession. He maintains monthly contact with his tutors to keep them updated as he continues his journey.
"Amidst stifling personal troubles, the Learning Revolution Trust's funding scheme provided me with much needed light and fresh air. Paying for travel expenses for interviews and induction training for my new Care role, as well as the DBS fee, lifted a great weight off my shoulders and I am truly grateful for this and to everyone involved."
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.