Reach is a programme for new students at the University of Worcester. The University has partnered with John Smith’s and invested in an innovative scheme, which will help you make the very best of your time here by improving access to the learning tools you need to support your studies.

These include: books, stationery, art supplies, digital equipment, other course-specific equipment, special offers and promotions. If you are awarded a University of Worcester scholarship, your additional funds will automatically be paid into your Reach account.

Once you’ve used your credit, you can top up your account with your own funds, if you wish. This is a great way to budget and can be helpful for family members who want to offer their support. To top up your account click here.

Reach Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is Eligible for a Reach account?

All University of Worcester students can open a Reach account and have access to the John Smiths shop by registering at this website.

NB: If you are eligible for the Reach bursary you do not have to open account you will be allocated a login and password - this will be emailed to your university email address.

You can use the online shop in the same way as any other online retailer and you will enjoy the benefit of specially negotiated prices, including price matching Amazon for books.

Q. Who is Eligible for the £100 Reach Bursary?

All first year undergraduate, full-time, home and EU students paying full fees (£9,000) and joining us in 2016 will receive £100 to spend on their Reach account in the 2016/17 academic year.

Q. How will I receive the £100 Bursary?

All eligible students will receive an email giving them details on how to set up their John Smiths shop account. The £100 will be automatically be credited to the reach account of eligible students. Please contact if you have any queries.

Visit our login / register page to register.

Q. Where can I find more information on the Reach scholarship?

A. For the full terms and conditions please visit or contact the University at ku/ca/crow//hcaer.

Q. How do I spend my funds?

A. Once you enrol, you will receive an email which will be sent to your University email account, providing you with your login details. To spend your funds, login to using your account details and you can start buying your course books and equipment.

Q. What can I spend my funds on?

You can spend your funds online at on any product that is available on our website, including textbooks, stationery, electronics and other learning materials.

Throughout the year new items may be added. If you want an item which isn’t currently listed in the online shop, let us know via

Q. Is this a loan? Do I have to pay it back?

A. Your Reach award is not a loan and you do not have to pay it back. The funds are provided for you by the University to help you with your studies.

Q. I’d like to have a Kortext account. Can I set this up independently of the University?

Yes, this is an easy and simple process. Please visit for full details.