University offers 100 scholarships worth a total of £1 million to widen access to postgraduate study

  • University of Sheffield offers 100 scholarships of £10,000
  • Scholarships available to students from under-represented groups and high achievers

The University of Sheffield is offering 100 scholarships worth a total of £1 million to ensure talented students from all backgrounds have access to postgraduate study and the top professions.

100 ScholarshipsThe University has been lobbying the Government to support the brightest students who would find loan funding a barrier to accessing postgraduate education. Offering 100 scholarships of £10,000 each to students from under-represented groups or those who achieve a first class undergraduate degree demonstrates the University’s commitment to quality and diversity.

Two years ago, the University piloted a successful initiative as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Postgraduate Support Scheme – making the largest postgraduate scholarship offer ever made in the UK.

The University led a consortium of five partner Russell Group institutions which demonstrated latent demand for postgraduate study, with more than 1,700 applications for the 350 scholarships on offer.

Last year, Chancellor George Osborne announced new postgraduate loans worth up to £10,000 from 2016-17, but the University is stepping into the breach to offer scholarships to those with widening participation characteristics who are concerned about debt.

The 100 scholarships will be funded by the University along with the support of its generous alumni and donors, who last year gave almost £130,000 to fund postgraduate scholarships.

Professor Wyn Morgan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield, said: “While the new postgraduate loan funding is an opportunity many will welcome, our commitment to create 100 scholarships worth a total of £1 million will ensure the brightest students from all backgrounds will have access to postgraduate study - offering them opportunities that are both life-changing and vital to the UK.

“Postgraduate study is often the gateway to professions such as medicine, teaching and law. It would be a very poor society if we had people in such key positions of care and influence from only one background – we need to ensure that our country benefits from ability right across the board."

He added: “The University of Sheffield was founded by people determined to ensure access to the highest quality education by those with the talent to take advantage of it, regardless of background, and I am very proud that the same spirit is still thriving here today."

The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of the University’s widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. Students can choose to use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses.

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on Sunday 22 May 2016.

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The University of Sheffield

With almost 26,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


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Hannah Postles
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University of Sheffield
0114 222 1046