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Robert Reid Bursary - apply now

9 October 2014

Please download the and contact Hazel Petrie in SEZ for further information.

Applications for this year’s Robert Reid Bursary are now open.

The fund was set up to assist Abertay University students whose financial situation means they are unable to spend as much time on their studies as others.

Professor Derek Reid, who is Director of Harris Tweed Textile Manufacturing - and Visiting Professor in Tourism at Abertay University - set up the fund in 2000 in memory of his late father, Robert.

Robert came from a poor background and, out of seven children, was the only one who survived.

Despite being awarded a scholarship to study medicine at Aberdeen University, he was unable to attend because he had to go straight out to work in order to support his family.

Professor Reid set up the bursary because he was determined that people who want the opportunity to improve their education should not be stopped in their tracks by the lack of financial support.

Last year’s recipients were Stephen Young and Jennifer Lynch, who were studying Renewable Energy Technology and Nursing, respectively.

Speaking about how the bursary helped him, Stephen Young said:

"I was in my final year at Abertay last year, and the Robert Reid Bursary was a huge help to me. I decided to change my career a few years ago and to come back to university to gain new skills, which was a wonderful opportunity.

"The bursary made a huge difference to me, as it meant I was able to buy all the academic books, software and other learning materials that I needed in order to carry out all my research.

"It also meant that I was able to go on a number of field trips, which really helped give a context to my learning. Field trips and work placements were important for my Honours project, and I wouldn’t have been able to go without having been awarded the bursary."

For Jennifer Lynch, the bursary was equally important:

"The bursary made a tremendous difference to me last year. I’m a mature student and have to balance my studies with a part time job to help supplement my bursary from the SAAS.

"I was particularly worried about the summer months, as I needed to undertake 21 weeks of nursing placements as part of my course. I can work up to 48 hours a week under the European Working Directives and, over the summer, my placement took up 37.5 of these. This left me with only 10 extra hours for my part time job and, without the Robert Reid Bursary, this would have meant I was often working seven days a week in order to make ends meet, without the chance of seeing my family.”

The Bursary is open to all students, and receives a large number and wide variety of applications each year.

Up to £1,000 is available, but in some years the award is not made, because it really must only go to those who would truly benefit from it.

The deadline for applications this year is Friday 7 November.

Please contact Hazel Petrie in Student Services for further information.

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