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February 10, 2021 Wednesday 11:49:58 AM IST

UofG partners with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation

The University of Glasgow is partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF), to provide scholarships for disadvantaged Black British students. The Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. From September 2021, Glasgow now joins nine other partner universities who will each cover the tuition fees for at least three students over the next decade, with the Foundation covering maintenance and living costs through business and individual donors.

The initial target for the Foundation is to raise £500,000 to start funding the first tranche of students and then continue to raise funds, eventually forming an ecosystem, and then to finance scholarships through endowments.

The issues around the participation of disadvantaged Black British students in higher education are complex. Progress in widening access and supporting student success must continue from early school years and, as indicated by the recent Russell Group Report Pathways for Potential, the rate of change concerning the participation of Black students needs to improve. Issues around progression, application, attainment gap, the well-being of disadvantaged students, and expectations are also all factors.