“I applied to the First Generation Scheme to help secure a future for myself. Being on the programme has helped me become more confident in expanding a professional network and making decisions about higher education.

Fees and finance is a big thing for me, but knowing that the First Generation scheme helps you with the £1000 bursary will definitely help for the future.

Being on the scheme means being part of something, it gives you a sense of belonging as you have common ground with the other participants on the programme. To students thinking of applying I’d say do it!”

Liam, Loreto Sixth Form College

“Being the first in my generation to go to university I felt the need for support and encouragement, and the First Generation program has definitely provided that. In particular the Summer School was amazing and among the best days of my life. You should definitely apply ASAP, it’s a great experience!”

Eisa, Loreto Sixth Form College

“The First Generation scheme has been exceedingly supportive of me. From the residential summer school to the development sessions, the varied support they offer is amazing.

The Summer School in particular gives you a taste of university life and was a huge confidence boost for me. The willingness of the speakers and former students who offer their time to support us through the scheme really is remarkable.

I feel I have a chance to make something of myself, and to know that universities are looking for people like me who are intending to go to university even if their family haven’t is incredible.”

Rhi, Aquinas College

“I applied to the First Generation scheme because I felt I needed a lot of help to understand what going to university would mean for me, as going to university is a big step in everyone’s life.

Whenever I have any questions I can ask Student Ambassadors or the friendly university staff, and the development sessions have helped me feel more confident. The summer school was really helpful as it gave me the chance to experience what it is like to live in halls, and I learnt that I’m not the only one to be the first in my family to go to university.

It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made as I now know more about university life, and feel more confident about adjusting to University when the time comes.”

Amina, Holy Cross Sixth Form
Undergraduate Study