The Bright Future Collective brings together local companies that want to change lives and contribute to real change across Northern Ireland by helping to make a Queen’s education accessible to everybody who can benefit from it.
As a member of the Bright Future Collective, your company will partner with Queen’s to give talented young people, who face additional barriers in life, the opportunity to fulfil their potential through higher education. Members will be invited to connect with current and prospective students involved with the Pathway Opportunity Programme, a widening access initiative developed by Queen’s, which engages with approximately 250 young people across Northern Ireland each year. Working in collaboration with Queen’s Widening Participation team and Careers, Employability and Skills team, your business will enjoy increased visibility among the school age participants of the programme, current Pathway students, and the global Queen’s community. A range of PR opportunities will raise the profile of the Bright Future Collective and members will be given the option to have their support recognised through a bespoke donor wall in the new Student Centre. The Bright Future Collective will be greater than the sum of its parts - creating a network of like-minded businesspeople joining together to support and inspire prospective and current Queen’s Pathway students.Pathway Opportunity Programme
“University had always been a dream of mine but living in an area of socio-economic deprivation, I had always been doubtful of how that dream could be financially attainable. Thanks to the Pathway Opportunity Programme and the generous bursary it provided me with, a weight was lifted off my shoulders. My first year of university was not filled with anxiety over my finances, allowing me to concentrate on my studies and enjoy my time at university. The experiences that I gained through the Pathway Opportunity Programme are ones that I will draw upon throughout my education, career and further afield. My worries over moving away from home and fitting in were erased as I made friends with people from different backgrounds and had the chance to gain more knowledge about the course I was interested in, easing my doubts over whether I would find the course enjoyable.” Michelle Edwards, Pathway Opportunity Programme participant and Queen’s student
Members of the Bright Future Collective will be asked to make a gift to the Pathway Opportunity Programme Bursary Fund.
Giving levels range from £30,000 - £100,000 across 3 to 4 years and members will be recognised through engagement opportunities and PR activity relative to their gift.