Access Programme

Joan Gillon Memorial Fund

The Joan Gillon Memorial Fund was set up by the family of Joan Gillon, a former Access student, in order to help support Access students in financial need.

The Joan Gillon Memorial Fund is a single £1,000 bursary award towards maintenance costs which is open to students on the Centre for Open Learning’s Access Programme (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences).  The bursary is paid in two instalment - 50% is paid in September and 50% is paid in January, subject to continued engagement in the programme. The successful applicant will receive the funds via BACS transfer.


To be eligible for this award you must:

  • have a maximum personal income of £25,000 per annum
  • have submitted an application for Part Time Fee Grant from SAAS

The decision to award the bursary to the successful candidate will be taken by the COL Scholarship Committee ahead of the start of the programme.

The intention of the memorial fund is to support the student with the greatest financial need to enable their studies. Therefore, in considering applications, the Committee will review household income and expenditure, and intended use of the funds in respect of disability support, travel, course materials, childcare or any other commitment that requires financial support.


Applications for the Joan Gillon Memorial Fund for 2020/21 will open in March 2020. 

More Information

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