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HTH AMPS:
I've been thinking about retraining and going back to Uni for a while now.  I've had a good think about what gives me job satisfaction, feeds my needs for ongoing mental stimulation and also will have a decent likelihood of employment with a good wage at the end of it.  The longer serving members on here will also remember my rough time before I got my arthritis under control and I ended up in hospital as I couldn't walk or anything, was totally debilitating.  This has been on my mind for some time and its informed my decision to study biomedical sciences with the intention to focus on immunology as the course progresses.

The biggest hurdle is funding - with a degree already (back in 2000) in Broadcast Engineering, I don't qualify for a fees loan.  I do qualify for always everything else - maintenance loan and university bursary.  However, thats still not gonna pay 9000 a year in fees.

I'm just wanting to get some opinions from anyone on here who's recently gone through Uni to get an idea of possible sources of funding.  I'm already writing to pharmaceutical companies for private funding, but the chances of that happening are slim to none. 

So I'm left in reality and a problem of how to fund this.  Short of letting out my house while I study and moving back in with the parents, I can't see a way to make it work financially.  This is obviously the last resort (much as I love my parents).

Anyone got ideas? - will be starting in September 2015.

Jamie:
As a current student who is struggling to get a grant from student finance, I have been told to check this out...

http://www.unigrants.co.uk/

Not sure if any of it will be applicable to you, but its worth a try. Good Luck.

Philly Q:
I've no useful suggestions to make, but good for you going back to Uni at 40!  Good luck with it!  :D

I'd like to be able to do that, not with a view to a career change but just because I like the learning environment.  Don't think I'd fit in very well with the social life though (...no change there, I didn't fit in at 18 either.  :| )

Alex:
You could vote for Labour and hope that they'll review the whole university fees thing...

Short of studying in another country, you're out of options really. Normally only PhD students manage to get scholarships nowadays, though on very rare occasions, Master students get some funding from somewhere as well.

Philly Q:

--- Quote from: Alex on November 26, 2013, 08:32:12 PM ---You could vote for Labour and hope that they'll review the whole university fees thing...

--- End quote ---

 :lol:  Not much chance of that.

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