Guidelines for referees

Students applying for a Ruth Hayman Trust grant are asked to provide a reference from a tutor or, if the applicant has not studied before in the UK, from another professional, such as an advice worker, which confirms that the applicant is a good student, attends class regularly, is likely to pass the course, and is on a suitable course.

If you have been asked to write a reference for an applicant please provide a reference on official headed notepaper, which includes the following information:

 Two successful applicants

Two successful applicants

  • Student’s full name, address and date of birth

  • Course information:
    name of course
    start and finish dates
    full- or part-time
    whether the student has already enrolled on this course

  • Please comment on:
    attitude to learning
    standard of coursework
    whether the student has applied to the College/University Learner Support Fund
    whether the student has applied to the College Hardship/Welfare Fund

  • Any further relevant information and examples of the applicant's abilities

  • Name, position and contact telephone number/e-mail address of referee

The applicant should then send this reference to Ruth Hayman Trust, PO BOX 17685, London N6 6WD to complete his or her application. Alternatively the reference letter may be scanned and emailed to  Please save your reference with the applicant's name.