SBT Student Grant 2019 winners announced

Student Grants 2019
SBT Student Grant Recipients 2019

A huge congratulations to this year’s recipients of our Student Grants! Thanks to everyone who applied – it was a tough choice.

Each year, we award one major grant of £1,000 and five minor grants of £100 each. Practice manager Sarah Buckley says: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer SLT students this opportunity and are eager to continue supporting students in various ways, at all stages of their journey.”

Here are some of the highlights of their applications:

Grant recipients

Major grant recipient

M (name withheld on request)

‘My goal for the profession is to diversity the workforce. An ethnically diverse workforce is able to identify closely with a client’s cultural needs and norms and create and deliver assessments with a greater understanding of cultural biases’

Minor grant recipients

Alexandra Day-Smith

‘As Speech and Language Therapists, we face many obstacles, but I believe the biggest challenge we face is a lack of understanding of what we do and why.’

Bethan Hill and Sarah Buckley
Bethan Hill (right) receiving her grant certificate from Sarah Buckley
Bethan Hill

‘[One of the] biggest challenges that Speech and Language Therapist (SLTs) face in the UK is a lack of awareness in the general public… [I] feel that some of this is because Speech and Language Therapy is a comparatively new profession’

Evie Holder with her grant certificate
Evie Holder

‘Early identification [is important]… Support for teachers in primary and secondary schools [is needed] to help identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs’

Jolene Kieser

‘[One of the biggest issues is] a lack of public awareness about Speech and Language’

Lucy May and Sarah Buckley
Lucy May (left) receiving her grant certificate from Sarah Buckley
Lucy May

‘The biggest challenge SLTs face in the UK today is a lack of funding. Cuts in funding have the potential to diminish the personal, social, educational, occupational and financial outcomes of vulnerable individuals’

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  • SBT’s new clinical lead
  • Meet SBT’s six new therapists
  • The recipients of this year’s SBT Student Grants
  • Vacancies at SBT
  • What SBT offers NQPs
  • CommSEY: a fast way to assess communication needs

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You can now apply for the 2019-20 SBT Student Grant – plus last year’s winner reveals how it has helped her!

Every year, SBT awards a series of student grants to help speech and language therapy students with their studies. There is one major grant of £1,000 and

As part of our commitment to lifelong learning in the field of speech and language therapy, SBT is pleased to offer a unique award for individuals undertaking training to become a Speech and Language Therapist.

Each year, we offer one major grant of £1,000 and five minor grants of £100 each. Additionally, the successful applicants will have access to various opportunities and support, throughout their time at university.

We are now taking applications for the 2019-20 grants. To receive your application form or for any queries, please contact grants@sarahbuckleytherapies.co.uk.

Megan Pickering
The winner of the 2018 SBT Major Grant Megan Pickering (left) with Sarah Buckley

How the SBT Student Grant helped last year’s winner

Megan Pickering was the winner of 2018-19’s major SBT Student Grant and she says it’s been a big help to her.

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  • The launch of the 2019-2020 SBT Student Grants scheme
  • Canadian student Alison writes about her placement with us
  • Upcoming training
  • What we did for the RCSLT and ICAN #PhotoChallenge

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SBT Student Grant 2018 winners announced

Megan Pickering

SBT Grant 2018

A huge congratulations to this year’s recipients of our Student Grants! Thanks to everyone who applied – it was a tough choice.

Each year, we award one major grant of £1,000 and five minor grants of £100 each. Practice manager Sarah Buckley says: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer SLT students this opportunity and are eager to continue supporting students in various ways, at all stages of their journey.”

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SBT awards first ever SBT Student Grant

Sarah Buckley Therapies awards first ever Student Grant

Sara Bunker from Canterbury in Kent is to be the first recipient of the Sarah Buckley Therapies’ new Student Grant.

The student, who is studying speech and language therapy at University College London, will receive £1,000, access to free speech and language therapy training for the rest of her course, and a CV workshop to help her with her career when she graduates.

Grant winner 2017

Sarah Buckley presenting Sara Bunker with the £1000 grant.

“We got an email over the summer from the head of the course, Dr Rachel Rees,” said Ms Bunker. “I don’t often read these emails about grants or research, but for some reason I did that day, and I thought why not give it a go? But it was very much a shot in the dark, one that worked out very well. When they called to tell me, I thought it was a cold call and it was a huge surprise to receive it!”

MD Sarah Buckley said she chose Ms Bunker from the more than 60 students who applied from all over the country for the grant because of her dedication to the profession. “Sara’s application demonstrated an excellent understanding of the breadth of our profession as well as huge enthusiasm about working with people with speech, language and communication needs.”

Bromley-based Sarah Buckley Therapies created the grant this year to further the profession of speech and language therapy, with recent cutbacks in funding affecting recruitment around the country. It is believed to be the first such grant of its kind.

“It’s our hope that the grant will encourage and help students to enter the profession,” said Mrs Buckley.

The company aims to expand the scheme next year to provide several annual grants to the most deserving students.