We have a partnership with The Open University and the first Disabled Veteran’s Scholarships Fund. Running initially as a two-year pilot programme – it pledges to remove barriers preventing disabled veterans from fulfilling their potential.
About our partnership with The Open University
Designed in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the programme marks an important shift in how higher education institutions respond to disabled veterans in the UK. The fund aims to give disabled veterans access to free Open University education, which could be an introductory access module right up to an entire undergraduate degree or postgraduate course.
Our involvement in the scheme is through donating to the scholarships, as well as offering work placement opportunities, providing mentors, hosting employability related webinars and holding insight days.
During 2019, 50 veterans have enrolled to start studying in the 2019/20 academic year. They will have access to education and specialist support, including a disability and careers support service. The bespoke support services aim to overcome the challenges which disabled veterans’ face, such as matching their CV to civilian roles and writing job applications, alongside helping students with their confidence to go back to work.
“I really appreciate this opportunity given to me by the OU. To have this ability to study is an intrinsic part of my recovery. It gives me a focus and a purpose each day and will lead me towards employment in my chosen field.” DVSF student, 2018/19 academic year
Apply to the Disabled Veteran’s Scholarships Fund
Applications will open in spring 2020 for the next academic year. Applications and eligibility information is on the Open University website.