The National Express Foundation has announced a £12,000 per year grant to the University of Bath for the next three years. This will fund four Gold Scholarships for students from low-income and low-participation backgrounds.

The Foundation works to help disadvantaged young people across the UK by awarding grants to community groups and educational institutions.

National Express Group Chief Executive, Dean Finch (MBA Business Administration 2001), says: “The Foundation serves many deprived communities around the world and few of us in leadership positions in the group come from privileged backgrounds. Certainly, I didn’t.

“Education was my way out and I have been extremely lucky in my career to get the opportunities I have enjoyed, but these would not have come about without the education I received – including from Bath for my masters. Bath is a great university and the Gold Scholarships are a brilliant idea. We are delighted to help.”

In addition to the grant from National Express, Dean Finch has also made a personal donation to the Gold Scholarship Fund, meaning a total of five students will be supported.

Enabling opportunity

The Gold Scholarship Programme was launched in 2017 – a lasting legacy of the University’s 50th anniversary.

The Programme provides valuable financial and pastoral support to help up to 50 students per year to make the most of their time at Bath. Gold Scholars receive a £5,000 bursary for each of year of study, and are encouraged to participate in personal development opportunities such as mentoring, networking and volunteering.

“Talent is not, and should not be, limited by background,” says Professor Ian White DL FREng, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath. “The National Express Foundation Scholarships will improve access to a world-class education for bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Emma Haines, Deputy Director & Head of Major Gifts at the University, adds: “The philanthropic support of our corporate partners, alumni and friends makes a significant contribution to life at Bath through funding our research and supporting students who might not otherwise have access to higher education. We are delighted to work with the National Express Foundation to help even more students realise their full potential.”