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We have 1,006 scholarships available to eligible undergraduate students from lower income households

National Scholarship Programme (2014/15)

The National Scholarship Programme is a scheme devised by the UK government to provide targeted financial assistance with the costs of higher education to those who are eligible. The scheme is aimed at new undergraduate students entering higher education from September 2014 onwards.

Full time undergraduate students, who qualify for a scholarship, will receive an overall benefit of £2,000 in the first year of undergraduate study.

The Scholarship will be paid direct to you (in instalments).

If you're a part time student who qualifies for the Programme this will be a pro-rata amount of £2,000, again with the scholarship provided in year one.

We have National Scholarship Programme places for 1,006 students (297 places funded by the Government and 709 places funded directly by the University).

Eligibility for a scholarship is assessed by applying selected criteria. There is one national criterion, that the applicant is from a household with an income of less than £25,000. Universities are then asked to add and set their own criteria to distribute the scholarships to those most in need.

We've set additional criteria in the following areas:

Students with high UCAS tariff points

This means students with UCAS Tariff points or equivalent qualifications and grades that are of 301 points and above. Applications from those with the highest tariff points or equivalent will be weighted accordingly.

Disabled Students

Students declaring a disability, where evidence exists that they are likely to qualify for Disabled Students' Allowance

Care Leavers/those without parental support

Students applying for a scholarship who are leaving statutory local authority care, and students who the University would expect to be assessed on parental income, who have been assessed as being independent of parental support for the purposes of their student funding.

Low participation postcode areas

Students applying for a scholarship who live in a postcode area that has been recognised as an area from which a relatively low percentage of people enter higher education. More information about low participation post code areas in England and which areas they are can be found on the HEFCE website. This provides an understanding about which areas may qualify, however individual postcodes are listed on a national database available from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEfCE) that the University will consult in detail by individual postcode.

The criteria set out above are intended to ensure that scholarships reach those who most need them. Therefore students who are able to provide evidence for multiple criteria are more likely to be successful in being awarded a scholarship.

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How to apply for a Scholarship

The application process for the National Scholarship Programme is now closed.


If you have any queries regarding the National Scholarship Programme please contact the Student Money Advice & Rights Team at