John Moran Educational - Trust Making financial awards to support the entry into higher education
Student Profiles

The Trust has made awards to over forty two deserving students from the Merseyside region since it was set up in 2003. Here’s more about what these students did with their awards, and what it meant to them:

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Profile twenty nine

I am eighteen years old and I live with my foster parent and two foster sisters. I am a student and I am about to start studying at John Moores University in Liverpool. I studied my A levels, Maths, Physics and Spanish at Broughton Hall Sixth Form. I was very proud to achieve two grade Cs and a D in my results.

In my free time I enjoy listening to music, spending time with friends and getting involved in school activities such as an American exchange, a drama exchange group and volunteering to support lower year groups in the school.

When I start University I hope to get involved in netball and dance, as well possibly attending extra Spanish classes. I would also like to be involved in Formula Student which is an extra option offered to me through my course.

I am glad I was accepted for the John Moran award because after a background of living in foster care, if I ever came into any money difficulties, I wouldn’t have family to turn to for support so this grant has taken away some of my financial concerns. I will use this money towards my student accommodation. Without this grant I may not have been able to experience living in halls of residence but that was always something I wanted to do to be able to thoroughly experience student life so for that I am so grateful.

I chose John Moores because it is a great university and it seems to have a passion for encouraging work experience which is what I really want. I have chosen to do a sandwich course in Mechanical Engineering. I was always interested in Physics and Maths, then during my A levels I was studying the mechanics unit of my physics A level and knew that was what I wanted to do. I made sure I researched into the subject to make certain that it was what I want to do at university. I understand that it will be a challenge but that is what I enjoy because I know I will have to work hard.

I am 19 years old and I have recently completed my first year of university studying mechanical engineering at Liverpool John Moores. It was a great beginning to my university life as I made many friends and experienced lots of new things. The grant I received from the John Moran trust meant that getting a weekend job could be optional instead of necessary and also reduced my financial worry. As the money part of a job was not as important to me anymore I decided to volunteer in a charity shop on Saturdays. This way I can still experience working life but I also help others and it is more flexible on work shifts.

I used the money from the grant towards rent costs. I felt being in halls of residence has been better for me socially and academically. I am from Liverpool originally anyway but living at home would have been more stressful due to travel, distance etc. I am very grateful to the John Moran trust for my grant. It is very much appreciated.

The course itself was definitely the right choice for me, although it is hard to get used to the new teaching methods. I loved our ice breaker trip during reading week. The trip actually went towards coursework so that was a good bonus! One thing I didn’t enjoy about the year though was how little my flatmates spoke to me and each other. It was a shame but I found my own friends so it was alright.

If I were to give future students any sort of tip, it would be to not worry about how well you and your friends get on in the first term, it will all sort itself out. People come back from the Christmas break happier and more ready to settle in. And as much as people might tell you, everyone is in the same boat, everyone feels exactly the same.

After a second year of study in which she faced a number of problems this student plans to change courses.