• Sinqobile

    BA/BSc(Hons) Combined/Joints (Year 1)

    Harris Bursary Fund

I am a single mother to my daughter who currently lives in Zimbabwe.  I still support my daughter from the UK; this is expensive and at least half of all I earn is spent on her needs.  I was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in September 2009 and then moved to an unfurnished house in Oldham in November 2009.  The transport cost of travelling from Oldham to UCLan daily and the cost of supporting my daughter meant I had no spare money for essentials." 

“I received an office chair from the Harris Bursary Fund which was of great assistance in reading and writing my assignments; previously I was doing these things sat on my bed as before l started university l had only managed to acquire bedroom furniture for my house.  I also received £50 of food vouchers which were of great help to me as l was struggling to buy the most basic of groceries. Lastly I received £50 of book vouchers which helped me buy the essential books and stationery needed for my course."

“After I graduate I hope to inspire other mature ladies without an education, especially those who are in an ethnic minority, to stand up and follow their dreams no matter what their circumstance.  In my community l am already an active citizen, volunteering with different projects run by the British Council.  I am currently working on a project aiming to bring awareness of domestic violence in my community.  I hope to continue doing volunteer projects within my community." 

Sinqobile’s Advice

“I would advise other students to persevere with their studies - no matter how difficult it seems. You should focus on the benefits of gaining a degree and know that your current situation is temporary. There is always someone to help and listen at UCLan.”

Sinqobile’s thank you

“Thank you to all the people who have selflessly donated to the Harris Bursary Fund; you have helped make my life easier during difficult times. Please keep giving no matter how little it might seem to you, it is worth a lot for students who are in hardship.”