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University of Derby launches £1,000 scholarship for Derby schools and colleges

"Derby’s young people deserve the best opportunities and experiences to help them develop into confident, successful adults.” - Mr Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief-Executive and Finance Director

Date posted: 2 November 2017

The University of Derby has launched a scholarship scheme to encourage more young people from the city to participate in higher education and develop the necessary skills to help grow the local economy.

Students from eligible schools and colleges across Derby city, who apply to study selected undergraduate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) courses starting in September 2018 at the University, will receive £1,000 to help support them through their first year.

Mr Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief-Executive and Finance Director of the University has worked with the Executive team on behalf of the University to consider the ways in which it can support the Opportunity Area.  Mr Punchihewa said: “I am delighted to announce our own scholarship scheme that will help support young people in Derby in making the transition to higher education. Derby’s young people deserve the best opportunities and experiences to help them develop into confident, successful adults.”

Skills nurtured by STEAM courses have been highlighted as priorities in the government’s Industrial Strategy, the Midlands Engine initiative and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Strategy for Growth 2013-2023. The University recognises that there are national skill shortages in sectors like engineering and the creative industries, and the scholarship scheme aims to address this to provide the region’s businesses with ‘work-ready’ graduates.

In addition Mr Punchihewa stated “Our new £12m STEM Centre, which was opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex last month, is another example of how the University is responding to the needs of the local economy. The 4,200m² STEM Centre provides facilities for students to participate in solutions-focussed and industry-linked projects, and enables them to develop the technical and professional skills required for their careers after graduation.”

There are no limits to the number of scholarships the University is offering. To qualify, students need to apply for an undergraduate place on a STEAM course with University of Derby by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018. Providing they meet the requirements of their entry offer, the scholarship will be paid into their bank account in three instalments over the course of the first year of study.

In addition to scholarships, the University provides a range of additional financial assistance for students, including means-tested scholarships, a £100 study resource e-voucher to spend at Blackwell’s bookstore and free bus travel on the Derby Unibus services.

For more details about the eligible schools, STEAM courses and for full terms and conditions visit www.derby.ac.uk/STEAM.

For further press information please contact Gemma Bradley, University of Derby PR Officer, on 01332 592279 or email: g.bradley@derby.ac.uk.