Leeds Law Firm Develops Bursary To Help University Of Hull Students With Disabilities

Ten Students To Be Awarded Irwin Mitchell Employability Award


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Students with a disability studying at the University of Hull are now able to apply for a bursary of up to £500 after an employability award was set up by the university and Leeds-based law firm Irwin Mitchell.

The Irwin Mitchell employability award 2016 will be awarded to ten students who are able to show how undertaking a specific activity can make a positive contribution to their employment opportunities in the future.

Each of the ten awards is worth £500 and can be used by students with a disability to cover the costs of attending events, workshops, conferences and travel to those events that will help them develop skills they can use in employment once they have graduated,

All applicants will need to complete a short application form where they will be required to outline the benefits of attending the events and a breakdown of costs.

Sarah Coles, a Partner and expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said:

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“We are delighted to be able to offer these bursaries to students with a disability at the University of Hull.

“In our work we regularly see the challenges disabled people face, one of which is often gaining knowledge and skills that will aid them in their chances of employment after leaving university. Through the employability award we hope to be able to help some students access the skills that will boost their employment opportunities.”
Sarah Coles, Partner

Dr Angela Gardiner, Head of Student Wellbeing, Learning and Welfare support at the University of Hull, said: “I am delighted to be working with Irwin Mitchell to provide Students with disabilities at the University of Hull with the opportunity to gain funding to engage with an activity to further enhance their future career prospects.

“The team are working closely with the Careers and Employability Service at the University to ensure they can get the most from their experience.

“This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to working with both Irwin Mitchell and the students as part of this innovative project.

Students registered with the University with a known disability can apply here.