Donor Funded Scholarships and Bursaries

Students at the University of Salford

It is through the generosity of our alumni, friends, and industry partners that we are able to provide a range of donor-funded scholarships and bursaries for talented students at the University of Salford who would otherwise find it difficult to fund their studies. 

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At Salford, we are always looking to establish new scholarships, bursaries, and prizes to support students from a range of widening participation backgrounds and across all fields of study.

If you are a friend, alumni, industry partner, or charitable trust/foundation and would like to find out more about establishing your own Scholarship Programme, please visit our Giving webpage or contact our Strategic Development Manager, Sophie Thorp, for more information. 

Scholarships & Bursaries for 2022/23

Below, you will find more information on the scholarships and bursaries available for the 2022/23 academic year, including the individual eligibility criteria. 

If you are a University of Salford student, please note that applications open at various points of the academic year and you will be notified via our internal channels, including Blackboard and the Student Hub. To find out more about additional financial support for your studies, please visit Fees and Funding.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Al Habeeb Scholarship

The scholarship is thanks to Mohammed Habeebullah OBE JP, CEO and Trustee of the Al Habeeb Foundation, a charitable trust that provides for the less privileged members of society. 

This programme will be delivered in partnership with Bury College, and will be awarded to one student who progresses onto a Level 5 programme at the University, once they successfully complete the HNC in Applied Sciences or the HNC in Digital Technologies at the College. 

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
£3,000 over two academic years Summer 2023
A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

David Tupman Engineering Scholarship

Salford alumnus and former Vice President of Apple, David Tupman, has generously funded this scholarship. 

There is one scholarship available for a Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate student completing a degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • Female student – our data shows that we have a low representation of female students in this subject area, so this scholarship has been designed to help increase the number of women in STEM-related fields.
  • From a low-income background – a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.
  • Your permanent home address must be located in the North West of England. 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent.
£9,000 over three academic years Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarship

The Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarship is kindly funded by the Mason family in memory of Gerry Mason, founder of the Morson Group

There are three scholarships available for Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate students completing a degree in the following programmes:

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • From a low-income background – a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.
  • Your permanent home address must be located in the North West of England.
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent.
£9,000 over three academic years Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

Gittins Family Trust Scholarships

The Gittins Family Trust, a charitable trust of a Salford alumnus, have funded this scholarship.

There are three scholarships available for Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate students completing a degree in the following programmes:

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • Female student – our data shows that we have a low representation of female students in this subject area, so this scholarship has been designed to help increase the number of women in STEM-related fields.
  • From a household income of £25,000 - £40,000 per annum.
£3,000 over three academic years Autumn 2022

Hg Access to Tech Scholarships

Hg is Europe’s largest investor in software and technology, with an investment portfolio of 40 businesses across Europe and North America, a collective value of over $70bn and around 50,000 employees. 

Hg is passionate about talent and skills within the tech industry, and is supporting this scholarship, principally initiated and funded by Hg’s Executive Chairman and Senior Partner, Nic Humphries, who is also a Salford alumnus.

There are three scholarships available for Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate students completing a degree in a STEM course - Science, Technology (Computing), Mathematics or Engineering related programmes. 

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
£9,000 over three academic years Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

Intelligent FS

Intelligent FS, an organisation which provides bespoke, ambitions solutions for clients in the construction industry across the country, funds the scholarship to support students in the industry. 

There are two scholarships available for Level 4 (Year 1) undergraduate students; one will be awarded to a Quantity Surveying student and the other to a Construction Project Management student. 

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
£6,000 over three academic years

Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

IRIS Scholarships

The IRIS Scholarships are funded by IRIS, one of the UK's largest private software companies. 

There are three scholarships available for Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate students completing a degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
£6,000 over two academic years Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

Peter Casey Scholarship

Peter Casey, founder of The Casey Group, funds this Scholarship to award high-achieving students.

There is one scholarship available for a Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate student completing a degree in Quantity Surveying or Construction Project Management

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • From a low-income background – a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.
  • Strong academic performance in semester one.
£3,000 over three academic years

Spring 2023

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

Steve Pearce Biochemistry Scholarship

Salford alumnus and Founder and CEO of Omega Ingredients Ltd, Steve Pearce, is generously funding this scholarship. 

There is one scholarship available for a Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate student completing a degree in Biochemistry or Biochemistry with Studies in the USA

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
£9,000 over three academic years, plus £5,000 support during an industry placement year Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year.

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

The Roysia Foundation Bursaries

The bursaries are funded by The Roysia Foundation, a charitable organisation which focuses on providing educational opportunities to those from underprivileged sections of the community. 

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
£1,000 over one academic year Autumn 2022

Please note this bursary has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

TWf Scholarship (Undergraduate)

The Temporary Works forum (TWf) is an organisation which works within the temporary works industry and charitably gifted this scholarship to support students with specific research interests.

There are three scholarships available for Level 5 (Year 2), undergraduate students completing a Civil Engineering degree, with an interest in learning more about temporary works in the construction industry. 

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • From a low-income background – a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.
  • An interest in temporary works and conducting research in this area. 
£4,500 over two academic years Autumn 2022
A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

TWf Scholarship (Postgraduate)

The Temporary Works forum (TWf) is an organisation which works within the temporary works industry and charitably gifted this scholarship to support students with specific research interests.

There is one scholarship available for postgraduate student completing a taught Master's degree in Structural Engineering, with an interest in learning more about temporary works in the construction industry. 

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • From a low-income background – a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.
  • An interest in temporary works and conducting research in this area. 
  • Strong academic performance in semester one.
£3,000 over one academic year Spring 2023
A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Aziz Foundation Scholarship

The Aziz Foundation believes education creates opportunities for social mobility and is kindly funding the Aziz Foundation Scholarship at the University of Salford to support British Muslims who wish to advance in their careers and bring positive change to their communities. 

There are three scholarships available for British Muslims applying for a Master's degree at Salford for the following programmes: Editing and VFX for TV, Film and Digital Media, Documentary Production for TV, Film and Digital Media, Journalism: News/Broadcast/Sport, and Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • A British Muslim completing one of the courses listed above.
  • Be eligible for Home fees status. 
  • Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities. 
  • Demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain.
100% tuition fee September 2022

Please note the application process for these scholarships is handled by the Aziz Foundation and they have now been awarded (September 2022). 

River Reeves Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is generously funded by the River Reeves Foundation, a charitable organisation which strives to help young people realise their dreams in the creative industries, founded by the family of River Reeves, late member of Viola Beach. 

There is one scholarship available for a Level 5 (Year 2) student studying one of the following courses: Music: Popular Music and Recording, Musical Arts, and Music: Creative Music Technology.

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • From a low-income background – a household income of £25,000 or less per annum.
  • Successful completion of Level 4 (Year 1). 
£1,500 over two academic years Autumn 2022
A low-income background

To evidence a low-income background – household income of £25,000 or less per annum – the student must have provided Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment, with consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data with the University. The University of Salford will then use the result of the financial assessment to confirm low-income eligibility.

School of Health and Society

The Gittins Family Trust Scholarship

The Gittins Family Trust, a charitable trust of a Salford alumnus, have funded this Scholarship.

There are three scholarships available for Level 4 (Year 1), undergraduate students completing a degree nursing.

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date
  • Male student – Our data shows that we have a low representation of male students in this subject area, so this Scholarship has been designed to help increase the number of men in nursing.
  • From a household income of £25,000 - £40,000 per annum.
£3,000 over three academic years Autumn 2022

Please note this scholarship has closed for applications for the 2022/23 academic year. 

University-wide

Believe Grants

The Believe Grants are for care leaver, Level 4 (Year 1) undergraduate students, and generously funded by the donations from donors of the University who selected this priority area.

Eligibility criteria Value of award Start date

Care leaver - generally someone who has been in the care of their local authority for a period of 13 weeks or more around their 16th birthday. You could have been in foster care or living in residential accommodation (find out more). 

£3,000 over three academic years Autumn 2022

Plug in to Salford

Plug in to Salford is a transition programme aimed at making the jump from Further Education (FE) into Higher Education (HE) easier for students. The three-day programme helps students to find out what support is available at the University, talk through any worries, and meet students and ambassadors from a similar background.

The programme is open to students from Salford City College, who are the first in their family to attend HE and have an offer to study at the University of Salford. On completion of the programme, students are eligible for a £1,000 bursary during their first year to support their studies. 

Please note this programme ran in September 2022 and all bursaries have now been awarded. 

Santander Universities 2022 - 2025

Santander Universities Global Division has worked in higher education since 1997, with a network that spans over 70 UK universities and over 1,000 academic institutions in 20 different countries. 

The University of Salford has an established partnership with Santander Universities and recently entered a new Agreement in 2022 to support: 

Please note that all opportunities for Santander Universities funding will be communicated with students throughout the academic year via internal channels, including the Student Hub.

Santander Universities also have several initiatives running every year, please sign up to BECAS Santander for more information. 

Terms and conditions

Before applying for a donor-funded scholarship or bursary, all applicants are advised to read our terms and conditions

  1. Donor-funded scholarships and bursaries are available to applicants who are:
    • A UK resident.
    • Studying full-time, on-campus for the duration of their programme.
    • Studying an eligible undergraduate or postgraduate programme – please refer to the eligibility criteria for each scholarship programme. 
  2. Our current scholarships and bursaries are not available to students studying a foundation year, part-time, a degree apprenticeship, distance or blended learning, or where the programme is delivered through a partner institution; however, this is subject to change.
  3. If you have already received a scholarship, you will not be eligible to apply for another.
  4. To accept the award, students must complete a Grant Acceptance form and Student Payment Account form – these will be sent to successful applicants directly. 
  5. No award is confirmed until we have verified that you are registered at the University of Salford and engaged with your course – this will be done with Student Records.
  6. All decisions are confidential, and recipients must not share the information via social media or other platforms, such as LinkedIn, until permitted by the Alumni Engagement & Development team.
  7. You can apply for more than one scholarship or bursary, but you are only eligible to receive one award.
    • If you are eligible to apply for more than one of the donor-funded scholarships or bursaries, you will have the opportunity to notify us of this towards the end of the application form – please only submit one application form.
  8. The University may cancel any award at any point and seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means if the student is found to have claimed under false information.
  9. If your academic progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory or you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, the University will terminate the scholarship/bursary and you will no longer be eligible for the award in subsequent years. Satisfactory progress is defined as progressing onto the next stage of your programme of study at the first attempt without reassessment.
  10. Awards will not normally be terminated, nor repayment required on the basis of academic failure, but will not be paid during any repeat year or part-year.
  11. If a student completes an industry placement year, they will not receive any funding during that year – payments will continue upon your return to the University.
  12. If a student withdraws from their studies or is required to withdraw, no further payments will be made, and you may be required to repay the grant awarded to you.
  13. The University reserves the right to terminate an award and demand repayment on funds already paid, in case of disciplinary action against an award-holder.
  14. All donor-funded scholarship and bursary recipients must consent to:
    • Us using your photo and any written materials or videos you have produced to publicise our scholarships.
    • Submitting at least two written or video updates for the donor during every academic year.
    • Attending a virtual or in-person ‘meet and greet’ with the donor.
    • Participating in additional activities organised by your donor, these may include workshops or industry experience opportunities – any additional obligations will be made clear to each scholarship/bursary recipient before being awarded.
  15. All decisions are final. We are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.