Cash help for needy students

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FIVE students starting at Sheffield Hallam University this autumn will be given a big financial boost from property company Unite.

They will receive free digs at a Unite flat plus £3,000 a year towards their living expenses.

Help will be targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may otherwise view the cost of attending university as a barrier to achieving their ambitions.

Particular priority will be given to students who have spent time in local authority care, the single most under-represented group in higher education in the UK.

Unite chief executive Mark Allan said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, who have been a leader in access and support for care leavers in higher education.”