This page gives advice on managing your money during your foundation training year, including tips on how to budget for known and unknown costs.
Marco* is a final year student at the University of Bradford who was in a tough place with his finances. He received our Student Bursary and has kindly shared his story in the hope it’ll reach those who need that extra push to reach out for support when they need it.
“During my final year of university, I was in a really tough place with my finances. I had pretty much nothing in my bank account, and had numerous bills and expenses that I knew I needed to pay in the near future. This was causing me a lot of stress and seriously taking a toll on my mental health.
I was beginning to feel as though I wouldn’t have been able to finish my pharmacy degree if I didn’t get some financial help.
At this point, my university was not able to help me financially. I came across the Pharmacist Support student bursary on the charity’s website and decided to apply as it was the last thing I could do to try and help my situation.
Pharmacist Support gave me the support and guidance I needed.
Filling in the application online was fairly straight forward and the team was incredibly supportive, guided me through the application process and got back to me extremely quickly, even when I needed to provide further supporting documents. The team made sure these were confirmed in quick time and as a result really helped facilitate me getting the bursary something am incredibly really grateful for.
Overall feedback for the process is 10/10, excellent.
I cannot thank Pharmacist Support enough for the financial help I received from the bursary.
It helped relieve the financial burden I was going through as well as really improving my mental health and wellbeing.
I am now happily continuing my MPharm degree and hope to achieve a masters and progress onto my foundation training year.”
*We have used a pseudonym to protect Marco’s identity.