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Reception for access summer school students

Over 20 students who have made the transition from school, college or work into University will be congratulated for their achievements at a reception in Andrews later this week (Friday 21 September 2001).

The group, part-funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland, has just completed a four-week Access Summer School course, aimed at helping them develop and refine their study skills.

Aimed at school leavers, mature students and students from further education colleges, the School started on Monday 20 August 2001 with the final examinations completed on Friday 14 September. It is targeted at those who have the proven academic potential to succeed at University but who, for reasons outside their own control, may not have gained the traditional entry requirements.

The Royal Bank of Scotland generously provided £10,000 to support the 22 students, providing each with a bursary of over £300 to support their travel and living costs throughout the course.

Stan Farrow, Associate Director of Admissions at the University of St Andrews said, “We are particularly pleased that the Royal Bank of Scotland has so generously supported the hard work of the Access Summer School students. Without this support, many of the students would have certainly found attendance at Summer School to be impossible”.

Meanwhile, Sir George Mathewson, Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group said, “Our support for both the summer schools and access bursaries is part of our long term commitment to education and to social inclusion. The Royal Bank recognises that financial and social factors can prevent many young people from fulfilling their educational potential and that the best and brightest come from all sections of the community.”

As well as the students, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr Brian Lang, tutors, other members of University staff and representatives of the Royal Bank of Scotland will attend the reception on Friday 21 September in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews.

John Muncey, Area Manager of the Royal Bank of Scotland, will present certificates of achievement to the successful students to mark the support the Royal Bank of Scotland has given towards supporting their goal of winning a place at the University of St Andrews.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the reception at 12.30pm on Friday 21 September 2001 in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews. Should you wish details of the students involved, please contact Claire Grainger – contact details below.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: royalbank.bursaries/standrews/chg/1 9sep2001

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