By Alison Cram

06th July 2020

Categorised in Good To Know

Encouraging words from Alison Cram about the benefits of online learning and the opportunity to do so for free with the Open University Carers’ Scholarship Fund… 

Studying at University is a dream for many people, whether they are about to leave school or haven’t studied for decades.  There are many reasons to embark on undergraduate study – improving your job prospects, changing your career direction, giving your brain a new challenge or immersing yourself in a subject that has always fascinated and intrigued you. 

For many carers, however, it remains a dream. Travelling to a university campus and committing to a timetable of lectures, on top of caring duties, is often impractical. Distance learning courses (where learning materials, tutor contact and submitting assignments are all done online) provides a more flexible option, but the cost of such courses often puts them out of financial reach.  

In recognition of this, the Open University launched a Carers’ Scholarship Fund earlier this year. The fund will provide 50 UK-based carers with a scholarship of up to £18,000 to cover the tuition fees of an OU course of their choice. 15 of those places have been specifically reserved for carers between the ages of 18-28. 

The Open University specialises in distance learning courses and operates an open access policy to encourage applicants with a range of qualifications or experience. Available courses range from Philosophy to Economics, Counselling to Environmental Science and Psychology to Engineering. 

Whilst exciting, there’s no doubt that the prospect of studying can be daunting. If you are attracted by the idea but have queries or concerns, you can contact the University’s Student Support Team before applying. 

But don’t delay, as the closing date for applications to the Fund is 31st July 2020.  

Read our answers to some frequently asked questions about the Open University Carers’ Scholarship Fund here. 

You can find out more about the scholarships, eligibility criteria and application forms here.  

You can find out more information about Open University study here 

You can contact the Student Support Team and set up an account here.