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Whether they're attending virtual seminars, heading to university lectures with their peers, or studying at home, students need their own books. It's been a hard year to be a student, with 96% saying they're affected by the Covid-19 crisis (COVID-19 UK Student Survey 2020). 79% of students also worry about making ends meet (The National Student Money Survey 2019) – with food, rent, travel (and the occasional beverage, of course!), it all adds up. That's where National Book Tokens come in.
We're pleased to announce that the winner of our 2020 Book Bursary is... Ellie Powell from Conwy in Wales! She has received £1,000 of National Book Tokens to spend on books for her BA degree in English and Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Ellie said, "I've always enjoyed reading and loved English in school. Studying English at university has only deepened my passion and enjoyment for it. I'm hoping to study for an MA next autumn and feel very lucky to have won such a wonderful prize which will help me do so."
Ellie was nominated by Heath Roberts, who won a £50 National Book Token. Congratulations, Ellie and Heath!
Do you know a student who would benefit from our Book Bursary? Nominate them to win £1,000/€1,100 of National Book Tokens – enough to buy the books they need for university, whatever they've chosen to study. If you win, not only will their reading list be sorted, you'll also get a £50/€60 National Book Tokens gift card for yourself to say thanks (although we're sure they'll remember to do that, too). To nominate a student, simply complete the form below.This competition has now closed.
1 x £1,000/€1,100 National Book Tokens gift card for the nominated student 1 x £50/€60 National Book Tokens gift card for the named entrant
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16-year-old Caitlin Toal from Cumbria received £1,000 of National Book Tokens to spend when she starts university in 2021.
Caitlin said, "I enjoy reading young adult fiction and studying Jane Eyre. I'm currently studying English Literature at A Level. I feel extremely lucky to have won as it sets me up for my future. We are a fairly low-income family and it means I'll be able to buy all the resources I need, which I might not have previously been able to afford."
Caitlin was nominated by her mum, Jennifer Toal, who won a £50 National Book Token for herself. Congratulations, Caitlin and Jennifer! Will it be your nominated student this year?
National Book Tokens have inspired booklovers since 1932. Each year, thousands of people give National Book Tokens as gifts, encouraging teens to read for pleasure and helping the next generation of adults be a force for change. Available to buy in bookshops and online, and accepted bookshops, online and on eBooks at Blackwell's, National Book Tokens are the perfect gift for students and soon-to-be students.*As of August 2018, standard National Book Tokens gift cards are printed on FSC-certified board instead of plastic. You may still find older plastic National Book Tokens gift cards as we encourage shops to use all remaining gift cards rather than destroy them. Both board and plastic National Book Tokens gift cards can be topped-up and used rather than thrown away.
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