to help disadvantaged students access its courses.
It is specifically targeted at students who are either registered as disabled or do not have English as their first language.
Applications for funding will be considered from students, or potential students, based anywhere in UK, and these applications can be submitted either by the student themselves, or by the Approved Programme Provider where the student is studying, or planning to study, for a WSET qualification.
The fund will be administered by a bursary committee, wh ich will decide whether an application is eligible, and will agree the level of financial support to be offered to the applicant
and stipulate the purpose for which the financial support may be used.
WSET chief executive Ian Harris said: "This initiative is important for WSET to ensure that we give as many people as possible the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, and to gain a WSET qualification. The fund is open to applications from any student at any of the 225 centres in the UK
that are accredited by us to run WSET qualifications."
He added: "Until now, we have had no formal mechanism in place to ensure that we are giving open access
and as much support as possible to those who need it. The creation of this fund is a major step forward for WSET, and I look forward to receiving funding applications from around the country."