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THG founder’s family foundation gifts £250k in bursaries to UA92

Jodie Moulding

The Moulding Foundation, the charity set up by Jodie Moulding and her husband Matthew Moulding, founder and CEO of THG, has agreed to support a new bursary scheme launched by UA92 to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The contribution, worth a quarter of a million pounds, will support 25 students from Greater Manchester with £10,000 grants over the next three academic years, supporting them throughout their higher education studies at UA92.

UA92 CEO Sara Prowse, said: “We are extremely proud to have partnered with The Moulding Foundation to support more students and remove their financial barriers as they move through their higher education journeys.

“Progression in education is made infinitely more difficult if young people are priced out of their dreams due to a lack of financial support, social inequalities and accessibility. This funding, kindly led by Jodie Moulding, will support students in achieving the qualifications that they aspire to, irrespective of their backgrounds, boosting their life chances and equality as they progress throughout their careers.

“We would like to thank them for this significant and important contribution.”

The Moulding Foundation was established in 2020 to enable disadvantaged people and communities in the North of England to achieve their full potential. In two years, the foundation has pledged over £9m to charities and good causes.

Jodie Moulding said: “Removing barriers and creating equal opportunities is at the core of our mission, so we’re delighted to support UA92’s new bursary scheme. Through this partnership, we hope to enable students at UA92 to unlock their full potential and participate fully in university life.”

In addition to the Moulding Foundation’s contribution, UA92 remains in talks with key philanthropists from across the North West and will announce further bursary partnerships later this year as part of its Bursary 92 programme, part of a wider programme of financial assistance for UA92 students.

UA92 currently has over 800 students enrolled in degree and higher education courses across business, sport, media and digital disciplines. It was co-founded in 2019 by Lancaster University and the Class of ‘92 to make higher education accessible to all through its founding principles of accessibility, social mobility and inclusivity.

More than 21 per cent of UA92 students are from the most disadvantaged areas of the community – a figure placing UA92 above the national average of 13.5 percent, according to UCAS.

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