Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary

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Commonweal Housing launched the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary in 2018, in memory of our late trustee and dear friend, Jane. 

Jane Slowey CBE was a member of Commonweal’s Board of Trustees from 2007, until her passing in October 2017. Outside of her work with Commonweal Housing, Jane held many other senior positions within the charity and third sector, including her time as Chief Executive of the Foyer Foundation as well as a period spent as National Vice Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Jane studied at the University of Birmingham and was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2014.

Jane Slowey CBE

From our early days, Jane brought Commonweal’s vision and ethos to life with her wealth of experience in the housing sector, her imagination and her dedication to helping others. The impact of Jane’s work continues to be felt throughout our organisation and through our work with our partners helping those at the sharpest ends of deprivation.

The Bursary exists to support students at the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy with their final undergraduate research. It is available to students conducting research into housing-related fields, and is awarded to two students each year. Recipients are given the opportunity to present their completed research findings to Commonweal staff, trustees and friends at a celebratory event held in the summer.

To find out more about the bursary, visit the University of Birmingham’s website.

Understanding the lack of adequate social housing provision for the LGBTQ+ community in the United Kingdom

By Talia Knoble-Gershon | August 31, 2023

It was an honour to be one of four from the University of Birmingham to be awarded the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary, established in honour of an amazing woman who advocated against social injustices in society. The grant money allowed me to concentrate fully on my dissertation and other pieces of work and conduct many…

Three University of Birmingham students researching housing and COVID-19 to be supported with Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2021

By Megan Fereday | July 7, 2021

Commonweal Housing is proud to present three more students from the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy with a bursary, in memory of our late trustee and friend, Jane Slowey CBE.

Four University of Birmingham students to benefit from Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary

By Megan Fereday | June 24, 2020

Commonweal Housing and the University of Birmingham are proud to present the newest recipients of the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary.

The social harm of student fuel poverty

By Alex Cirant-Taljaard | October 30, 2019

Alex Cirant-Taljaard takes us through his undergraduate research into student fuel poverty, and the impact of receiving the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2018

Memorial bursary awarded to University of Birmingham students

By Megan Fereday | October 14, 2019

14/10/2019 – Commonweal Housing is proud to announce the recipients of our Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2019.

First Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary recipients shine a light on social injustice

By Megan Fereday | June 18, 2019

Commonweal Housing celebrate the first ever winners of the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary.

University bursary to remember valuable work of housing charity Trustee

By Rebecca Dillon | October 8, 2018

Commonweal Housing have partnered with the University of Birmingham to offer a student bursary in remembrance of Jane Slowey CBE, a former Trustee who passed away in October 2017.