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Thirty-three students from across the UK were congratulated by the University of St Andrews last night (2nd October, 2003), for successfully completing a four- week access summer school course.

The summer school targets school leavers, mature students and students from further education colleges who have the proven academic potential to succeed in higher education, but may not have gained the traditional entry requirements for various reasons. It aims to develop and refine their study skills in preparation for a university degree.

The Royal Bank of Scotland has generously provided £10 000 in support of the programme, giving each student around £300 to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the course.

The University of St Andrews Access Summer School, in conjunction with The Royal Bank of Scotland, has now successfully completed its fifth year, with a record number of students attending.

Stan Farrow, Access Development Officer at the University of St Andrews said:

“The Summer School students have all worked very hard and have certainly justified their place at the University of St Andrews. We are particularly grateful for Royal Bank of Scotland support, which has been vital to the success of the students.”

Summer School tutors, members of University staff, and representatives of The Royal Bank of Scotland will be attending the reception on Thursday.

Stephanie Allison, Community Investment Manager at The Royal Bank of Scotland, will present successful students with certificates of achievement to mark the support The Royal Bank of Scotland has given towards their goal of gaining a place at the University of St Andrews.

She said: “We are delighted that so many young people have grasped this opportunity to attend summer school and improve their chance of going on to university. We wish them all the best as they start their degrees.”

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Notes to Editors:

The Royal Bank of Scotland has committed £1.9 million to help widen access to five of Scotland’s leading universities. Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews each benefit from £240,000 to support student bursaries and £100,000 to support their access summer schools. The programme will help around 2,000 young people who may not otherwise have been able to go to university.

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Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref:Summer School reception pr011003 View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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