‘High-quality education is a key factor for increasing social mobility, but more interventions are needed to translate this into meaningful employment’ – Mica Jayne Coleman Jones

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The Long Shadow of Deprivation report (2020) highlights the pay gap differences between areas of our country and between the most and least deprived sons found in the same area. The report identified that greater interventions were needed in the local labour market, and called for employers to look at ways that they can access […]

The HKF Xmas Appeal

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The Helena Kennedy Foundation has launched its first ever Xmas appeal to help raise funds during the 2020/21 academic year. The Foundation has set a goal of raising £3,000 over the Xmas period, which would pay for the cost of a bursary for one student. Given the impact of COVID-19 on education, it is more […]

Helena Kennedy Foundation bursary applicants await announcement of winners following A-Level results confusion

A-Level students getting their results

Applicants to the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s Higher Education Awards bursary scheme are awaiting the imminent outcomes of their applications. The winners of the bursaries, which include 13 university badged bursaries plus 8 other badged bursaries, will be announced this week (week beginning 24th August). The HE Awards bursaries are for current or former students at […]

Helena Kennedy Foundation now in the Midlands


The Helena Kennedy Foundation is delighted to announce that we now have an office base in Birmingham. Thanks to a great welcome and generous office space from South and City College Birmingham, the Charity can firmly operate directly in the Midlands.  The Foundation provides financial bursaries as well as invaluable support for up-to 100 students […]

OBE awarded to Dr Julie Mills Chair of Helena Kennedy Foundation


MK College CEO & Group Principal, Dr Julie Mills, who is Chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation –  the FE sector’s influential independent charity – has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On behalf of the Trustees, President of the Foundation, Baroness Kennedy QC said ‘Julie Mills is one of the most committed […]

Celebration time at House of Lords for Bursary winners


The Helena Kennedy Foundation celebration event held on 18th March 2019 at the house of Lords recognised over 75 students who received a bursary. The event brought together students who have overcome barriers to education and progressed from FE colleges from across the UK  into higher education. The event was supported by the Skills and […]