Children playing a game outdoors

Stories

St Augustine’s CE Primary School, Westminster

Year 6 had a wonderful week away at Outward Bounds. The children showed a lot of resilience and were very supportive and inclusive of each other. Our instructor was brilliant, very calm and patient with all the children, particularly those who find listening carefully a challenge! On the last day, our kids made an amazing presentation to the other classes, performing a song about their experiences. Even the quieter children really came out of their shells. All of them would have liked to stay another week – it was a fantastic trip creating lifelong memories.

Camden Music ensemble trip to Cardiff

Our aims were to provide the students with an opportunity to grow in confidence and develop a greater degree of independence, and to spend a good amount of time making music. In Cardiff we were able to spend 4-5 hours every day in rehearsal. A newly formed Orchestra Committee selected the items for the homecoming concert, arranged the programme and worked out the logistics of presenting it in a confined space. The concert took place at Camden School for Girls, for an audience of parents, a mere two hours after our arrival back.

I am writing this letter to say a huge thank you for all the support I have been getting from this grant since my first year. I come from a one-parent home, although my mother tries her best she cannot provide everything with her salary. This grant enabled me not to have to work many hours during University, I am able to focus on my studies and do extra curriculum activities that will shape me

CO, Banking, Finance and Management course at the University of Loughborough

Whilst the layout of the year is very different and can be frustrating at times, I feel that I have done as much as I can to make the best of the situation. This has been hugely helped by my studio-standard recording equipment, the purchase of which was facilitated by the Philological Foundation. This resource has really made all the difference to my studies and development this year.

Seleni, postgraduate violinist at the Royal Academy of Music

The grant lifted a financial burden… The coronavirus pandemic made it especially hard to access the required textbooks and stationery needed, as libraries and other stores were often shut. I used some of the grant to purchase 4 second-hand Biochemistry textbooks… This was extremely helpful as it is getting harder to contact staff and keep on top of all the material being put online. I also enrolled in a few online services, to help me maintain the academic standard I am aiming for.

Caitlin, Biochemistry degree at the University of Birmingham

The grant I was awarded has allowed me to cover a shortfall in funding to complete a masters degree in philosophy at the University of Oxford. Without this support from the Foundation, I would not have been able to take my place in the course. This has allowed me to develop as a researcher and to find my voice.

Val, BPhil Philosophy course at the University of Oxford

[My grant] has helped fund essential weekly Supervision and Therapy sessions, a critical component to become a Registered Therapist. This grant has also contributed to the travel costs to my placements. I owe a huge thanks to the Foundation. Without this funding, I would not have the funds available to complete the core criteria needed to practise as a Registered Therapist.

Kara, Dramatherapy MA at the University of Roehampton

The grant has helped support my course fees, as well as the research expenses incurred as I complete my thesis. This is hugely appreciated, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as the part-time job I typically complete during the academic year has become an irregular source of financial support.

Alida, MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford