Established by the generosity of The Barrack Charitable Trust, the scholarship supports students whom without the grant may be unable to continue with their higher education.

Dawn Findlay, who is studying Social Work, became the first recipient of the Barrack Charitable Trust Scholarship.

Barrack Charitable TrustDawn wasn’t sure whether she would be able to continue her degree due to unforeseen circumstances, but the donation of £10,000 from The Barrack Charitable Trust and study skills support from DELTA allowed her to fulfil her potential.

She said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me this opportunity to attend RGU, which seemed impossible at the start of the year.

“My son had a traumatic accident last year and the scholarship meant that I would be able to spend time with him and my daughters, instead of needing to work around the clock whenever I wasn’t at university.”

With her second year at RGU around the corner, Dawn has been able to look back at the start of her time at university with satisfaction.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first year and both staff and classmates have been very supportive, so it’s made my journey with RGU so far a very pleasant one.

“I was delighted to find out in June that I passed all of my exams and didn’t need to resubmit any of my essays, which was a tremendous boost to my confidence.

“I would like to thank The Barrack Charitable Trust for the opportunity they gave me, because I don’t think I would have gotten this far if I had not been chosen by them. I would like them to know that they have made such a difference to myself and my family’s lives and I am grateful for everything they have allowed me to do at RGU.”

James Barrack, Chairman and Founder of The Barrack Charitable Trust, says that supporting people like Dawn and organisations like the RGU Foundation is an important part of the Trust’s mission.

James Barrack founded The Barrack Charitable Trust in 2009 with the aim of giving back to the community and supporting people like Dawn and organisations like the RGU Foundation.

He said: “Often in life we are faced with hurdles that are difficult to overcome. The Access RGU Scholarship supports students whom without the grant may be unable to continue with their higher education.

“The Barrack Charitable Trust is committed to supporting organisations and individuals within the local community with the intention to develop their skills, whether it be through support within schools, grants to allow further study, or projects within voluntary organisations.

“We’re delighted that we have been able to support Dawn through a difficult time, allowing her to continue with her university studies.”

Sarah Dingwall, Development Manager at the RGU Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to The Barrack Charitable Trust for their generous support. In establishing an ACCESS Scholarship at RGU, the Trust is creating opportunity and raising the aspirations of a student who otherwise may not have been able to attend university.

“The support from donors like The Barrack Charitable Trust is vital in that it allows RGU to continue to attract a diverse student body and helps to break down barriers that exist to higher education.”

Find out more about the Scholarships

  • Access RGU Scholarships


    Funding is available through the Access RGU widening participation initiative, helping groups that are traditionally under-represented at university.