Targeting undergraduate students facing challenges related to parenthood, Arden University is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the "Pregnancy, Adoption, and Family Leave” Break in Learning Bursary.
The first in a series of new bursaries to be unveiled, this assistance is eligible for Blended Learning Undergraduate students, with an annual household income below £25,000, meaning they will now have the opportunity to apply for a £500 bursary, designed to facilitate a break in learning after the birth of a child, adoption, or when caring for a new baby. This bursary is also available to students who have experienced a stillbirth or termination and are struggling to continue their studies.
The financial assistance is intended to not only help ease the burden of educational expenses, but to also provide the flexibility needed for students to navigate these life-changing events without the added pressure of academic responsibilities.
‘We’re proud to be able to provide this new Pregnancy, Adoption, and Family Leave Break in Learning Bursary,’ says Caroline Pike, Arden’s Inclusion Services Manager.
‘Students who are starting/adding to their families, or who have complications during this time, often feel unable to take a break in study as it can affect their income. This means that they can struggle on when time is likely to be precious. This isn't healthy for them or their families, and we want to support where we can and make this time as stress-free as possible, meaning the student can return to study in the right headspace.'
Starting from November 2023, eligible students can apply for the bursary by completing the "Pregnancy, Adoption, and Family Leave Support Plan," which can be found in iLearn.
Once the support plan is submitted, students will be connected with an Inclusion Adviser and/or a member of the Student Support team. During this consultation, adjustments that can be made to support the student's specific situation will be discussed. If a break in learning is deemed the most suitable solution, students will be guided through the application process for the bursary.
‘Pregnancy can bring a set of unique stresses for anyone, let alone for those engaged in higher education,’ says Suzie Mitchell, Arden’s Student Experience Director.
‘We believe this Break in Learning Bursary will provide crucial financial assistance to students in need of a break, ease the fear of further financial hardship, and allow them to return to their studies. At Arden, we are especially committed to removing barriers to higher education, ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, situation, or circumstances can succeed.’
For inquiries and further assistance, students can reach out to the Student Support team