Project information

125 Scholarships

To mark 125 years of providing top quality adult education, Morley College will create 125 Morley Scholars. These scholars will be outstanding members of their community who would otherwise be unable to return to education. A range of courses will be offered for career and/or personal development.

September 2014 - December 2015

Charity information: Morley College

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  • Need


    There are many obstacles to learning and education. Often people might not have done well at school (for a wide variety of reasons), and find themselves with heavy responsibilities or a lack of funds and support, or a combination of these things. Limited access to education often means limited opportunity for career and personal development, making it more difficult for individuals, families and communities to break out of cycles of deprivation, perpetuating disadvantage and inequality.


    The provision of life-long learning to all has always been central to Morley's vision. For 125 years, Morley has been opening the doors to education for people in London, in particular our home boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Despite this there are still many people who do not benefit from educational opportunities. With this in mind we will create 125 scholarships to enable and encourage disadvantaged and difficult-to-reach groups to participate.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 125 people from across London with an adult education course.


    » Recruiting. We will advertise the availability of these courses to community groups across London inviting them to nominate outstanding individuals.
    » Provision. Provide a course (of their choice) to 125 of the eligible nominees.
    » Support. Provide learning support, mentoring and when needed additional financial support to ensure that all scholars make the most of their courses.

    What success will look like

    We will record details of all scholarships - demographics, as well as their educational progress. Referrers and scholars will provide post-course feedback.

    Aim 2

    Promote the benefits of adult, and lifelong, learning.


    » By promoting these scholarships we will be raising the media profile of adult learning and initiating a debate about its benefits.
    » Working with selected scholars to take back the benefits of learning to their communities, presenting them as examples of how learning changes lives.

    What success will look like

    We will assemble a dossier of media coverage of the issue of lifelong learning initiated by this project.

  • Impact


    We aim to see the following:
    At least half the participants continuing in adult or further education following their course.
    At least a quarter of the participants encouraging friends / family / other community members to take part in adult education.
    At least 80% of the participants able to report improvements in their wellbeing and / or career and life chances following their courses.


    Limited take-up among referrers and candidates making it difficult to find suitable candidates. If this happens, the project can still go ahead (we chose 125 as it coincides with our 125th anniversary, but we can still help as many as come forwards).

    Scholars are not able to complete or make the most of their courses. We minimise these risks by providing extra support - pastoral, academic, mentoring, financial - to help people make the most of their time at Morley.


    Provide a breakdown of the participants - demographic information, details of courses and progress to give an overview. Interrim and final reports.

    While we have to respect the anonymity of those taking place, it will also be possible to provide some personal stories from participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £39,347

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Courses Provision of teaching
      £3,520 Travel etc for beneficiaries Off peak travel for those scholars who need it
      £7,500 Childcare Provision of carer for children or other dependents to enable participants to take course
      £2,500 Learning support Cost of additional learning support
      £2,250 Equipment / materials Equipment and materials where needed for course
      £3,577 Outreach, enrolment etc Promoting the project, outreach, enrolment costs etc
  • Background


    Morley College is based near Waterloo on the boundary of the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

    We expect the bulk of our scholars to come from Lambeth and Southwark, though the project will be promoted London-wide, so there might be some from from across London, or even neighbouring counties.

    The project is open to all.


    Lambeth and Southwark contain areas of great poverty and deprivation. We expect the majority of beneficiaries to come from these communities.

    Eligible candidates will all be people who would normally be barred from re-entering education (because of low-income, family commitments, lack of support or a combination of these things).

    In keeping with Morley's ethos of lifelong learning, we would expect a wide range of ages, though we estimate that the majority will be in the 19-35 age group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Morley College has provided the best in adult education for 125 years, and so has ample experience in education.

    While we have not before introduced a formalised scholarship scheme such as this one, our experience of supporting students from disadvantaged background, who might need additional support to make the best of their courses, is second-to-none. We have operated successful learning support schemes for many years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julia Wood

    Curriculum Area Manager for many of the subjects in which scholars will study. She will oversee the dozens of tutors who will provide the teaching.

    Dragana Jakovljevic

    Curriculum Area Manager for Community Learning. Oversees our local community learning projects, from which a proportion of our scholars will come.