Peter Roberts Collab Group Bursary 2021 Announcement (sponsored by the Skills Network)

The Peter Roberts Collab Group Bursary is an award for outstanding achievement. The bursary will consist of two awards each of a value of £2,500 to support two students from the end of their college education into self-employment or higher education.

The award has been set up to honour the memory of Peter Roberts. Peter was an outstanding Principal of Stockport College and the Leeds City College as well as a former Chair of Collab Group. Known throughout the further education sector as a warm, humorous and dedicated professional totally committed to the success of his students. The sector was deeply saddened at his untimely death only weeks after his retirement. The Skills Network and Collab Group wanted to recognise Peter’s unique contribution to the sector by supporting an annual award to two students who reflects the outstanding work of the sector.

An applicant for the bursary award will need to demonstrate:

  1. They have achieved great things in difficult circumstances.
  2. They have demonstrably progressed, in their time within college, from level 2 to getting a place in higher education, a higher apprenticeship or to be able to go into self-employment.
  3. They have an offer of a place on a degree course or have advanced plans to establish a business.
  4. How they intend to use the bursary funds and over what period of time.
  5. They have the endorsement of the College.
  6. They have references from at least two teaching staff that shows they are a student with outstanding achievement. An applicant must clearly demonstrate how they intend to use the bursary in support of their higher education course or in establishing their new business. The bursary cannot be used to fund tuition fees, accommodation or day to day living costs. The bursary could, for example, be used to invest in course materials, equipment and study related costs. If you are moving into self-employment it could be used to support costs related to setting up your new business such as fixtures and fittings, equipment and professional advice. Applications can be made to by no later than 29 JUNE 2021.

A process overview document and copy of the application form can be downloaded here

Ian Pretty: Chief Executive Officer at Collab Group said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this bursary award for a third year in partnership with the Skills Network. The award is a fitting tribute to the memory of Peter Roberts, and it is a great opportunity for students across the Collab Group college network.”

Peter McCann Chair at the Skills Network said: “We are delighted to once again be partnering with Collab Group to celebrate outstanding achievement in honour of Peter Roberts. Here at The Skills Network, we recognise that each and every learner is unique and this award celebrates those who work hard and persevere, regardless of their circumstances. Wishing the best of luck all this year’s applicants!”

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