A Manchester-based live music company has stepped forward to help support disadvantaged Black, Asian and mixed heritage students at Manchester Metropolitan University.
From this autumn and for the next three years, SJM Concerts will give an annual £1,200 to 12 new students per year, to help encourage students from some under-represented ethnicities and low-income backgrounds.
The SJM Concerts Futures Scholarship will be awarded every year, for the three-year duration of their courses in events, business, law and music and sound design.
“We strive to be an inclusive university and to ensure we are doing all we can to give those who wouldn’t necessarily have had the opportunity, the chance to come to university and support them whilst they are here,” said Professor Jenny Watling, pro-vice-chancellor (international) and the university executive group lead for race equality.
“We hope these scholarships can begin to address the attainment gap in higher education experienced by some ethnic minority communities. We are extremely grateful to SJM Concerts for their kind support.”
SJM Concerts also supports students through scholarships at the University of Sheffield.
Simon Moran, managing director of SJM Concerts said: “A successful society is a diverse society, where individuals can succeed regardless of their background. I look forward to celebrating the future achievements of these students.”
Manchester Metropolitan University also provides a First Generation scheme, that gives students studying and living in Greater Manchester, who are the first in their family to go to university, financial, professional and personal support throughout their studies and into employment.
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