Bath Spa University has a reputation for excellence in research, with the vision to be a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through innovative teaching and research, the University provides a high quality student experience.

Dr Melanie Macer is a Research Fellow at the University who has led a research project entitled 'Identifying barriers that ex-Service personnel and their families can face in their knowledge of and engagement with ‘Access to Higher Education’ diplomas'. 

Grant funding of £9,600 from Help for Heroes will be used to support an Armed Forces Consultant post for the project, to specifically support Veterans and their families wishing to engage in higher education at the University. 

The post has been filled by a Band of Brothers member. As veteran himself, he understands the unique challenges facing the Armed Forces community and will work alongside Dr Macer with the aim to deliver three key outcomes over the next two years These are:

  • To increase recruitment of adults with an Armed Forces background onto ‘Access to Higher Education Diploma courses’
  • To understand the barriers that adults with an Armed Forces background, including members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters, can face when engaging in non-traditional routes into Higher Education through Access courses.
  • To produce evidenced-based recommendations to inform regional and national policy and practice developments for non-traditional routes into Higher Education through Access courses, ensuring they contribute to successful transitions for service leavers, their spouses, partners and adult dependents.

In addition to funding from Help for Heroes, the project is being supported by The Forces in Mind Trust (£97,209) and the APT awards (£7,920).

We wish the team every success with the project and look forward to watching the findings unfold over the next two years.

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