THE NEXT LEVEL With your help, scholarships are giving this transformative support to hundreds of our undergraduates. And by extending it to postgraduate students, we will allow the brightest young people from less-privileged backgrounds to enrol for a Masters degree, deepening their knowledge during a further year’s intensive study. Emma Bourne (MA History of Art 2015) was among the first to be funded through the scheme: “I grew up with my mum in a high-rise block in Birmingham,” she says. “I knew I wanted to go to university to make a better future for myself. I worked hard to achieve a place studying Fine Art and set my ambitions on a Masters degree.” A postgraduate qualification can set students apart from other graduates in the job market – but simply for financial reasons, students from lower socio- economic groups can be deterred from applying. When added to the debts they incurred as undergraduates, the cost of a further year’s tuition fees, living expenses and course materials can seem prohibitive, potentially closing off the possibility of entering some professions. As Emma puts it: “For the first time it seemed that working hard would not be enough. I needed more than a good degree. I needed £10,000. Without the scholarship I wouldn’t be here, studying for an education I believe will lead to a better future.” 5 WP and Masters Scholarships