University changes lives. It's a place to fall in love with learning, to grow up safely, to meet lifelong friends and to work out what you want to do. A University education gives a head start in life, it provides the skills that employers are looking for, be that technical knowledge or the ability to work with others from around the world. We believe that University should be accessible to the brightest and best students regardless of their background. Help us make sure that every student with the ability to succeed can experience the power of a University education.
Birmingham was founded on the belief that a university education should be available to those who could benefit most. No student with the talent and potential to succeed should be dissuaded in any way by their social and economic position.
Anwara Choudhury (BSc Psychology, 2010), Psychology teacher and A2B scholarship recipient "The scholarship helped me not to worry about money and to just focus on my education. Without it I believe I would not have been able to become a teacher and in turn help young people fulfil their educational aspirations and dreams."
Thanks to the support of alumni and friends, the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme has helped more than 400 such students to succeed at university. On average 74% of A2B scholarship recipients graduated with a first-class or upper-second class honours degree. With your support, we will continue to offer this life-changing opportunity to talented but disadvantaged young people.
The A2B Scholarship; worth £1200 a year, ensures that financial support is available to the most able who have shown a commitment to achieve at university but who otherwise may not move into higher education because they are not able to afford it or simply have no family history of doing so.
Please watch the video below to hear about Emma's (BA Theology & Religion 1st year & A2B Recipient) journey to the University of Birmingham.
Martin Devenish (BCom Industrial Economics and Business Students, 1986) and generous supporter of the A2B Scheme since 2007: "I was the first in my family to go to university and financially it was a struggle at times. I wanted to ensure no future students would be dissuaded from applying to Birmingham because of their personal circumstance."
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