Edinburgh Napier University Development Trust

Edinburgh Napier University has been awarded a £10,000 grant by the Crerar Trust to help students from a care background undertake degree courses.

The University’s Development Trust will use the cash to help fund bursaries for students starting in 2017.

The move is part of a range of initiatives at the University aimed at “widening access” and supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds as they make the transition to higher education.

Statistics suggest only six per cent of “looked after” children go on to study at university. Many have grown up in an atmosphere of insecurity and have no family financial support or even a family to return to during holidays.

Edinburgh Napier aims to encourage care-experienced students to opt for education rather than employment by offering a bursary award for each year of their four-year course in a bid to reduce financial uncertainty.

Katrina Castle, Head of Widening Access at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “We are proud of our reputation for widening access to higher education to students from non-traditional and disadvantaged backgrounds, and delighted that the Crerar Trust are supporting us generously in our ambitions."