What we do

“Our mission is to make further education accessible to all young people and adults in East London, no matter what their background or family circumstances”

The Learning Revolution Trust (LRT) was formed in December 2011 as a subsidiary of the College, to attract sponsorship and donations in support of bursaries, capital development and research.  The Learning Revolution Trust supports learners to stay in further and higher education as well as progress to employment, by providing financial support to meet the cost of what can be seen as basic needs. The learners we support experience high levels of deprivation and social barriers, which inhibit their ability to self-resource aspects of their education. Our aim is to create a culture of ambition, opportunity and learning. To be eligible for a bursary, as well as meeting the criteria below, a student must be living or studying in East London. Our fundraising and grants are primarily focussed on leaners who study at Newham College. 

Students of Newham College who wish to apply should contact the registry office at their campus of study. 

The primary areas of support are:

  • FE Bursary recipients - Financial support and educational materials for FE students facing hardship and who are  ineligible for government funded FE hardship support funds and/or are ineligible for a 24+Advanced Learning Loan.
  • HE Bursary recipients - Financial support for students studying an undergraduate degree, Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma at Newham College, and are ineligible for Student Finance England support and who may be prevented from studying due to financial hardship.
  • Hardship bursary recipients - Provides an opportunity for learners who are experiencing extreme hardship and have explored all other sources of financial assistance
  • Vulnerable Young Adult bursary recipients - Financial support for young people who are facing exceptionally challenging personal circumstances but are unable to be eligible for the vulnerable element of the 16-19 bursary fund, provided by the Education Finding Agency.
  • Work Ready -  A programme which provides financial support to help young people buy essential clothing, pay for transport and other costs involved in achieving the transition from college to employment. Three years ago, the LRT launched its innovative ‘Work Ready’ programme, which aims to provide a ‘bridge’ into employment for disadvantaged young people after they have successfully completed their studies. It does this by providing small grants to help cover the costs of the first key weeks between leaving college starting work and receiving their first salary.  The maximum provided under the scheme is £150 per person which helps with items such as initial travel costs through an Oyster Card top up, lunch and clothing vouchers, childcare costs, any specialist equipment required for work, and sector specific certification. Despite the relatively small amounts of money involved, the initiative has already had a major impact in increasing the take up of apprenticeship and employment opportunities among the young people it has supported. To date 170 young people have benefitted from the scheme. The LRT is now looking to significantly expand the scheme by working with partners in Newham and surrounding areas so that we can extend the scheme to many more.

    Work Ready shows how a well targeted scheme with a limited budget can have a life changing impact for those it helps. If you wish to apply please contact Shamala Nair – 


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Charity number 1149460