Get Agnes Harding to University

£14,740 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 415 people in 15 months
Agnes Harding, 18 who lives in Barking and Dagenham, and achieved straight As in her physics, chemistry and maths A-levels this year, has had offers from four Russell Group universities to study physics. It is her ambition to follow in the footsteps of British astronauts Major Tim Peake and Dr Helen Sharman.
Agnes says:

 ‘I want to study physics because it is my ambition to be an astronaut. I am a very curious person and a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I love knowledge and expanding my understanding of the universe. I would be fascinated to conduct research in space to discover what’s out there.’

 Although Agnes has lived in the UK since she was four, she does not qualify for a student loan, and so has not been able to take up any of her university offers. She also faces paying international fees, which can be several times higher than the £9,000 a year maximum charged to home students.

Agnes says:-

Although I am unable to get a loan, I have been assessed as a home student by Manchester which means that I am only being asked to pay £9000 per year in tuition fees. Due to the fact that I can't access any government funding, I have to finance my entire course, including living costs and accommodation, myself.
I am currently working and saving up every penny that I can to go towards my living costs

Where will your money go?:

£9 000 - tuition fees
£5 680 - £142 per week accommodation for a 40 week contract
£3 000 - £75 per week for 40 weeks for food, travel etc.
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I have been working with the Let Us Learn campaign (together with Just For Kids Law), since summer 2016 when I found out about my situation. You can meet us all here ( We campaign for equal access to higher education and you can see me spreading the word on BBC news and BBC 5live here ( and here ( There are a large number of talented and ambitious young people in my situation all over the UK who are being blocked from taking up their places at university and fulfilling their potential.

I want to be an astronaut, and being given the privilege of going to see the film Hidden Figures inspired me to really believe that I can in fact overcome all these obstacles being put in front of me in order to achieve my dream. I even wrote a blog about it that you can read here ( I love to help people, so at some point in my career I intend to go into research. Research into how we can draw knowledge from the universe around us in order to better our lives here on Earth. Such research is already being done in the International Space station, and I hope to be able to contribute to a field that so many amazing people before me have been able to, in order to progress our society.

A bit more about me:

Outside of learning, I also enjoy playing my guitar and singing, at home and at my church. I listen to music A LOT, especially to relax after a hard day's work and even while I'm doing revision or school work. I like to bake whenever I have an excuse to (and dare I say I'm a little good at it too). Another thing I like to do is watch movies and documentaries. Not just ones to do with science, but my favourites include Sherlock and The Flash!

Thank you in advance to all who make a donation towards my future and enabling me to reach my full potential.
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We have to say thank you again and again! Agnes has almost completed her first year at Manchester University..... but still has another two years to go.... Please continue to support her and help us reach our goal of £20,000! Thank you
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Wow!..... our dear Supporters what a good start Agnes’ first year at Manchester University has been! All Thanks to your for sending her there and we strive to reach our goal to keep Agnes at Uni!!

One last push please ...... thank you!
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To our supporters

Your kind help has secured Agnes her 1st years fees and the balance if £3,000 has been held in her account at the university for next year!!! We pray for continued support! Thank you GoFundMe too!!
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Good news dear sponsors! We have received in excess of £13,000 and payment will be made to Manchester University for Agnes' first year! Thank you so, so much! We will keep you updated as we journey with this lovely, worthy young lady! Each one of you will be truly blessed! Thank you
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£14,740 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 415 people in 15 months
Created February 28, 2017
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1 day ago
Oliver Kleyn
9 days ago

Well done on nearly completing your first year !

Bernadette Forster-Jones
9 days ago

Best wishes Agnes. I admire your determination.

5 months ago
Julia Stonehouse
6 months ago

Keep going Agnes, thinking of you still.

James Mcleod
7 months ago

Work hard Betty, I hope you do well!

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