Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Keep Opportunities Alive

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Keep Opportunities Alive

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I am concerned to learn that the plans to reduce the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills budget may require a significant reduction in the student opportunity fund.

Many institutions use the fund to create career opportunities for those traditionally under-represented in higher education, targeting previously untapped potential from across communities and raising aspirations. The opportunity funding was cut by Pounds 40 million last year, and this gradual erosion of financial support for those who need it most is incredibly damaging.

These financial support structures play an essential role in ensuring that the UK continues to have one of the most diverse and highly skilled workforces in the world by helping to support people from less advantaged backgrounds into education and providing help that can make the difference between success and failure once they are studying. …

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