What we do

What does the Foundation do?

The Foundation exists to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors, enabling them to complete their studies in higher education and move on successfully into employment.

We do this by

-taking social action to increase the number and enhance the value of bursaries awarded each year.

-encouraging social mobility by increasing the range and types of student support available, particularly for talented students from non-traditional backgrounds.

-promoting social justice by offering more opportunities for students and graduates to participate in peer mentoring, work shadowing, and personal skills training; and by extending the reach of our student support volunteers network.

-Our overall aim is to make a practical contribution to government policies on social justice, widening participation in education and equality and diversity.

To achieve this aim the Foundation has 3 key areas of activity

Helena Kennedy Foundation Awards

The Foundation’s primary task is the provision of financial help, in the form of bursaries to the value of £2250, awarded on an annual basis to students from the adult and further education sector who progress to an undergraduate degree course in higher education.

Student Support

In addition to providing financial support we offer our award winners ongoing personalised support throughout their time at university and beyond.

Campaigning, Research and Reports

The Foundation aims to campaign for policy development on issues of social justice and inclusion in the field of adult, further and higher education in the UK and where appropriate more widely in society as a whole.