Uniburse.com is Live--New Website Dedicated to Providing Students With Information About the Bursary Schemes on Offer from Higher Education Institutions in England

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Uniburse.com offers students a fast and efficient way to look for information about the bursaries offered by Higher Education Institutions in England. Students need a straightforward guide to the bursary schemes on offer, not only will this encourage applications from under represented groups but Uniburse aims to provide all students with clear, easily accessible information that will enable them to make informed choices.

From September of this year students considering Higher Education will face an additional challenge. The complexity of selecting the appropriate course at the most appropriate university will be further complicated by the multiplicity of bursary schemes. Uniburse.com is a website designed to provide students with a straightforward guide to the bursary schemes on offer.

Research suggests that the students who will benefit most from bursaries are paradoxically the students who have least awareness of the help available and are most unlikely to receive informed financial guidance at home. While the bursary schemes offered by all Higher Education Institutions will undoubtedly encourage applications from students from under-represented groups, there is an urgent need to provide all students with clear, easily accessible information.

Most potential applicants for 2006 entry will wish to asses their eligibility for bursaries and make comparisons between institutions. Uniburse.com is a website which will enable potential applicants to make quick, simple and easily accessible comparisons between the bursaries on offer

“The site is currently the only one to offer this feature and will generate considerable interest from potential students. It will be widely promoted to sixth forms and FE colleges and has the additional advantage of not requiring users to register to obtain bursary information. Uniburse also features a Forum to enable users to exchange information on financial issues, exam preparation, application strategies, interview experiences and other topics related to progression.

"In addition to encourage interaction between students from different academic institutions Uniburse has a chat room to enable new friends to be made and allow old friends to keep in touch. However we feel we need to protect the users of these features therefore we will ask users to register for these particular services before use. This will enable us to deal with any issues that may arise and maintain an excellent level of service to our guests. These services are aimed at the sixth formers on the verge of making their UCAS choices and students that are currently at University. All chat will be monitored although that is not to say we are taking a nanny state approach to what our users talk about. However we need to act responsibly and we see this as an essential step to protect our users and make using Uniburse a satisfying experience,” said Dominic Phipps, Director, Uniburse.com.

Bursaries will play a significant part in institution selection for many applicants, but it is clearly not the only one. Uniburse.com recognises this and the site is designed to encourage potential applicants to seek further guidance from the DfES Website, the Aimhigher Website, the UCAS Website and individual HE Institutions.

Contact details for all HEIs will be included on separate page linked to the bursary query database. Each page will include the name, address, telephone number and link to the website of each institution. Uniburse is primarily an information portal and aims to provide students with some of the information they need to make the correct choices about their future.

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