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  • Tanya

    BA(Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance (Year 3)


“Just before I came to UCLan my father was made redundant, this has meant that whilst I have been at university I have had to completely support myself. My degree is a non-traditional theatre course and is deemed an inexpensive course and therefore gains little funding. However this is not the case, as my assessments are practically-based I have consequently had to pay out for costumes, props and setting out of my own pocket.  The nature of my course has made it difficult for me to hold down a part-time job as I often have to schedule rehearsals.  The money that I do earn to try and sustain myself goes towards my course. " 

“I received £100 of food vouchers from the Harris Bursary Fund.  Receiving these vouchers made a big difference as it relieved some of the stress I was feeling due to the workload I had.  Being a third year student I was finding it difficult to manage my university work, preparing for my postgraduate interview and trying to hold down a part-time job.  The food vouchers meant that there was one less thing that I had to worry about."

“After leaving UCLan I hope to enrol on a PGCE in primary school teaching.  I hope that by completing this course it will enable me to give something back to the community and encourage children to get a good education. "

Tanya's Advice

“My advice to other students is to not suffer in silence and to admit that you need help. I tried to support myself without any help and consequently my studies began to suffer. You shouldn’t let your studies become affected if you are struggling when help is readily available. The Harris Bursary Fund helped me a lot because it helped to relieve some of the pressure of university life. If you are struggling there is no harm in seeing if they could help you too.”

Tanya’s thank you

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who works for the Harris Bursary Fund and also to those who donate.  The help that you are giving students, whether it be a lot or only a little, makes a huge difference.  Thank you for everything.”