For over 120 years, the University of Salford has played a significant role in driving social mobility across Salford and Greater Manchester as we understand that whilst talent is everywhere, opportunities are not.
We are incredibly proud to present the philanthropy in action at Salford, for it is the extraordinary generosity of our donors and supporters that has enabled us to create life-changing programmes such as scholarships, industry placements, and campus initiatives for our students, staff, and wider community.
From everyone at Salford, we would like to thank every individual, charitable trust and foundation, and organisation that has helped us to develop incredible opportunities for our University community.
Our students join us from all over the world, at various stages in life, each determined to achieve their dreams. As a university, we’re committed to ensuring our students, staff, alumni, and community have access to the resources they need to reach their potential, whether through financial assistance, wellbeing services, or academic support.
Each of our student support programmes are funded entirely by our wonderful donor community and it is through their generosity that we are able to create an outstanding student experience for those at Salford whilst also helping those who need it most to remain in higher education.
We need your help now, more than ever, to support our students as they strive to achieve their dreams. Whether you are able to donate a small amount every month or a one-off financial gift, your generosity will have an incredible impact across the University.
Student Hardship Fund
Studying at university is an exciting time in a person’s life, but it can also be expensive, and many students find themselves in difficult financial situations through no fault of their own.
We believe financial challenges, whether essential living costs or unexpected emergencies, should never prevent someone from completing their studies. Our Student Hardship Fund offers a lifeline to those who need it most through non-repayable awards which are funded entirely by our extraordinary donor community.
To help address the rising demand for financial and emotional support amongst our students during the Covid-19 pandemic, we launched the Revive Grants in 2021.
The Grants will fund a range of projects across areas such as mental health, wellbeing, and employability, to ensure our students have everything they need to thrive and not just survive.
Our Revive Grants will be awarded at the end of the year, with the aim of empowering future generations to achieve their potential.
Our Believe fund was formed in response to the financial challenges many of our students experienced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As 40% of our student body come from a low-income background, many supplement their income with part-time work, which has been extremely difficult for them to secure over the last year.
Believe has been designed to support those who need it most through scholarships and bursaries. Receiving one of these non-repayable awards not only helps to relieve financial difficulties for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree, but is a vote of confidence that we believe in their ability to succeed.
Plug into Salford
Plug into Salford launched in September 2021 with the aim of easing the transition to studying at university for students who had no family background of higher education. The programme was open to students of Salford City College and involved a range of workshops designed to improve their understanding of university life. These students also had the opportunity to be mentored by one of our Student Ambassadors and to secure a £1,000 bursary.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Prizes
At the University of Salford, we are honoured to have a wonderful community of donors who fund a range of scholarships, bursaries, and prizes for our talented students.
Whilst the majority of our-donor funded scholarships and bursaries have been designed to provide students from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds with the opportunity to achieve their dreams, we also have several on offer to support postgraduate researchers and recent graduates. Our donor-funded prizes have been created to help recognise the academic achievements of our students, demonstrating the rewards hard work can bring.
Along with a non-repayable financial award that can be used to assist everyday living costs and study materials, receiving a scholarship, bursary, or prize is also a vote of confidence that we and the donor believe in the student's potential.
Thanks to our extraordinary donors, over 80 students and recent graduates will be in receipt of a donor-funded scholarship, bursary, or prize during the 2021/22 academic year!
Meet our student recipients
Take a look at the video below to meet some of our scholars and discover how their scholarship, bursary or prize has had a positive impact on their lives.
Meet our donors
Hear from some of our wonderful donors on why they choose to support students, alumni, research and our campus as a whole:
AJ Bell fund the AJ Bell Technology Award which is awarded to the best performing student in each academic year across our portfolio of computing degrees.
“Technology is the life-blood of business and as an online business with technology at its core, we are passionate about helping students gain their technology qualifications and becoming the business leaders of tomorrow....We are proud to be sponsoring this award which will give the winners a financial boost and recognise the progress they are making in their studies and their journey into a career in technology.”
(Mo Tagari - Chief Technology Officer, AJ Bell)
Nic Humphries, Executive Chairman and Senior Partner of Hg, created the Hg Access to Tech Scholarship which will support 14 students over the next three years:
“I want to open doors for those that want to enter the industry by providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to start their career.
I was lucky enough to study at the University of Salford before moving into the tech industry myself. It feels like a natural fit to launch this partnership and I am confident that this sponsorship will unlock the potential of many young people wishing to study a STEM subject, who previously thought it was out of reach.”
The Mason family generously fund the Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarship which has supported over 40 students since it launched in 2015.
"We're delighted to be continuing our support of the Gerry Mason Engineering Scholarship, which was founded in my late father's name. It was his drive and ambition to engage with local young people and provide highly-skilled career pathways, regardless of socio-economic background, gender, race and more."
(Ged Mason OBE)
Temporary Works Forum
The Temporary Works forum supports the TWf Scholarship which launched during the 2020/21 academic year:
"TWf is pleased to develop its link with the University of Salford and the three TWf scholars. In what has been a difficult year, it's hoped that the interest in 'temporary works' research will develop. Also, that the students will grow in confidence and their interest in engineering strengthen."
(David Thomas - Director and Secretary of the Temporary Works forum (TWf)
Our new supporters
Announcing new pledges is always a huge highlight for us, and we are delighted to announce three new scholarship programmes have launched this academic year (2021/22) to support seven students from across the School of Science, Engineering and Environment.
These scholarships have been designed to not only financially support the recipients but to help improve the representation of underrepresented groups across STEM and built environment related subjects.
Find out more about the new scholarships below.
Hg Access to Technology
The Hg Access to Technology Scholarship will be awarded to five students from a low-income background completing a STEM-related undergraduate degree at Salford; each of the recipients will receive £9,000 over three academic years.
The Scholarships have been initially funded by Salford alumnus, Nic Humphries; Nic is the Executive Chairman and Senior Partner of Hg, Europe's largest investor in software and technology. Hg is also supporting this scholarship as their passion is centred on talent and skills within the tech industry, and breaking down barriers to tech education and careers.
AECOM Women in Construction Scholarship
AECOM, one of the largest infrastructure consultancy firms in the world, has kindly funded the AECOM Women in Construction Scholarship to help increase the number of women studying in the field.
The Scholarship has been awarded to a female student from a low-income background completing an undergraduate degree in Construction Project Management; the successful applicant will receive £9,000 over three academic years.
MLG Women in STEM Scholarship
The MLG Women in STEM Scholarship has been created from the donations of our donor community who selected improving the representation of women in construction and STEM-related fields a priority area.
The Scholarship will provide a female student from a low-income background completing a STEM-related degree with a non-repayable award of £3,000 over three academic years.
If you would like to discuss establishing a scholarship, bursary or prize, please contact Sophie Ball (Strategic Development Manager): S.L.Ball1@salford.ac.uk
Health & Wellbeing
At the University of Salford, we take pride in our innovative research environment, welcoming students and academics from around the world to deliver research with real world impact.
With thanks to our donors, we are able to provide our community with access to industry-standard equipment and innovative spaces, whilst also supporting extraordinary research taking place at both a national and international level.
We are honoured to have received a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation to jointly fund a new, state-of-the-art Mammography (breast screening) system which will not only benefit our students but community.
Dementia and Ageing
The Salford Institute for Dementia and Ageing supports people living with dementia and their care partners through a range of activities, as well as conducting vital research in dementia and ageing.
Prosthetics and Orthotics
The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Prosthetics and Orthotics seeks to address the global health challenges in the prosthetics, orthotics, and wider healthcare technology sectors by educating a new generation of highly-skilled researchers.
Thanks to the support of the Coles-Medlock Foundation, CDT has been able to award an International Scholarship, appoint vital leadership roles, and develop an incredible enrichment programme for their students.
The Salford Advantage Fund (SAF) provides grants of up to £5,000 for campus initiatives that not only enrich the experience of our students and staff but enhances their personal and professional development.
Universities are often unable to financially support projects outside of core learning, so it is thanks to the incredible donations of our friends that we are able to fund these amazing initiatives to enrich the student experience, assist academic development and benefit the University’s environment.
Flipping Failure is a project which seeks to challenge the misconception of seeing failure as a negative experience through the development of new strategies.
New Adelphi Enrichment Activity
The New Adelphi How to Survive programme was developed to help improve the employability of our students and graduates from the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology through a series of workshops and industry collaborations.
Albert Adams in Context
To celebrate the life and work of expressionist painter and printmaker Albert Adams, the University of Salford will be holding a symposium in 2022, providing students with the chance to connect with leading experts.
Diversity & Inclusion
As a university, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating equality of opportunity for all within our community as we recognise the importance of our role in helping to develop the next generation of industry-ready graduates.
We are extremely proactive in widening participation across the institution, in particular the support of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The University of Salford is a member of the Race Equality Charter (REC), an initiative led by Advance HE to improve the representation, progression, and success of BAME colleagues and students, providing a framework to identify and reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic colleagues and students.
The University is also a pioneer of breaking down barriers for female students and colleagues, and through the support of our incredible friends and industry partners, we are able to develop a range of initiatives for women across STEM and built environment-related subjects.
Find out more about the variety of programmes we run across campus below.
BAME Futures Mentoring Programme
The BAME Futures Mentoring Programme launched in 2021 with TalkTalk, connecting TalkTalk’s BAME employee network ‘Empower’ with twelve students from the University. Following the success of the six-month pilot, the Programme will relaunch in January 2022, with Capgemini and Peninsula joining TalkTalk as our industry partners, providing more students with this extraordinary opportunity.
Women in STEM
The University is committed to breaking down entry barriers for women considering studying a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) related subject.
With the help of our donors, we have created a range of initiatives, from mentoring to scholarships, to show female students that there are real job opportunities for them in STEM and to demonstrate the important role they can play in driving future innovation.
Future Leader Experiences
The University collaborated with Common Purpose to deliver two Future Leader Experiences in 2021, bringing together a diverse range of students with senior leaders from difference industries, giving them the opportunity to further their understanding of the challenges leaders face. We welcomed senior leaders from a range of organisations, including Kellogg’s, Lloyds Banking, Co-op Group, Salford City Council, Laing O’Rourke, and Greater Manchester Police.
Women in Engineering
Our University is honoured to have donors who help us to support women in engineering through a range of initiatives, including scholarships.
The David Tupman Engineering Scholarship supports undergraduate female students from a low-income background completing an engineering degree with a non-repayable award to help them continue with their studies without any financial worries.
ELEVATE. is a new industry partnership scholarship initiative that will nurture diverse talent looking to enter screen industry professions through training, mentoring, and career development opportunities.
We are currently working with industry partners to create a programme that will not only create a positive and fulfilling learning experience but create a diverse talent pool for businesses across the North.
Women in Construction
To help improve the representation of women in construction, we have partnered with AECOM to create the AECOM Women in Construction Scholarship which will provide an undergraduate, female, Construction Project Management student with a non-repayable financial award for the duration of their degree.
Industry Advice Scheme
The Industry Advice Scheme is our institution-wide mentoring programme, open to all students, though we actively encourage applications from students from a BAME background, students with disabilities, and care experienced students.
If you would like to get involved in any of our existing widening participation programmes or discuss the development of a new initiative, please contact Sophie Ball (Strategic Development Manager): S.L.Ball1@salford.ac.uk
Employability & Entrepreneurship
At Salford, we understand the importance of helping students to enhance their employability prior to graduation. Thanks to several industry partners, we are able to provide our students with industry placements to not only develop their skillset but provide them with the opportunity to network and gain a sense of working in a real environment.
The University is currently in the third year of an exciting, renewed, three-year partnership with Santander Universities. Our partnership covers three core areas: Employability, Entrepreneurship, and Education, and we are immensely grateful for Santander’s ongoing generosity which provides invaluable grant to support travel, internships, start-ups, and mental health and wellbeing projects.
Thanks to Santander Universities, our students and graduates are able to secure industry placements to enhance their employability.
With the support of Santander Universities, Launch @ Salford provides students and graduates with the skills to begin and develop a start-up business.
Santander Universities fund several travel grants for Salford students looking to enhance their academic knowledge and research.
Our invaluable relationship with the Morson Group started in 2015 with the late founder Gerry Mason who had a vision for inspiring engineers of the future. We are proud to say that since the launch in 2019, the Morson Maker Space and Engine Room have enhanced engineering excellence at Salford: from providing Salford Racing society members with the equipment to design and build a race car to supporting the NHS during Covid-19 with 3D print face shields to championing gender equality across the STEM community.
How to donate
As traditional sources of funding are unable to support a range of projects that have a tremendous impact across our University community, we need your help.
There are a range of unbelievable projects that require funding across the University, and whether you are able to gift on a monthly or singular basis, your donation will be put to work right away and have an incredible impact at Salford.
You can make a difference today with a monthly, quarterly, or annual gift.
Major Gifts are often used to help establish scholarships, bursaries, and prizes.
Provide invaluable support for a range of projects across the University through community fundraising.
Giving from outside the UK
Whether you're in Canada or USA, you can still support vital projects at Salford.
Trust & Foundations
Help to change a life by funding a student's degree or facility.
Your Place on Campus
Would you like to become a part of our campus for years to come?
Whether you choose to name a tree in Chapman Square, claim a space in our amphitheatre, or join comedian Peter Kay and director Mike Leigh with a named seat in the New Adelphi Theatre, you can leave your mark at Salford by making a gift to one of our worthy projects.
Your Legacy, Our Future
For over 120 years, we have been a driving force for social mobility, knowledge, learning, and regeneration in Salford and we have evolved and grown to meet the changing needs of the communities around us.
As you have read, it is thanks to the philanthropic support we receive that we are able to provide our students with transformative financial awards, invest in our campus to create a world-class learning environment, and advocate for the wellbeing and future of our communities.
If you would like to extend your charitable giving beyond your lifetime and provide invaluable support for the next generation at Salford, you can make a legacy donation. There are a number of ways you can leave a gift to the University in your will, whether you choose to leave a specific amount or item, and we will work with you and your family to ensure that your personal donation is used in the way you wish.
We are truly grateful to all who have chosen to remember the University in their will, and thank you if you are considering this type of gift for you will be supporting the students, researchers, and innovators of tomorrow.
Within the heart of Clifford Whitworth Library on our Peel Park campus, an exciting project is underway: a brand new Legacy Garden. The Legacy Garden will become a place to commemorate those who have supported our University during their lifetime or have left a legacy gift to the institution.
The focal point of the garden will be a sculpture designed by Gillian Davenport, one of our Fine Art graduates, which can be seen in the image here.
The main sculpture will be made from concrete, while memorial plaques will be engraved into glass on individual plinths, illustrating the themes of life and legacy: life is fragile, but the impact will last for generations.
"The most important element of the design was the legacy tree etched into the three panels of glass. The roots are visible to connect the family tree and falling leaves are visible to give the viewer the sense of how fragile life is but also of regrowth."
Due to Covid-19, we have experienced several delays in launching the garden, but we are delighted to announce that the garden will be opening in the spring/summer of 2022!
If you would like to speak to us about leaving a gift in you will, remember someone in our Legacy Garden or to request a brochure for more information, please contact Claire Green (Development Manager - Individual Giving) via email: C.L.Green@salford.ac.uk.
One of the ways we capture the incredible difference our donors, volunteers, and friends make at the University of Salford is through our annual Impact supplement. The publication features the highlights of how their generosity has helped to change lives across our University over the last year.
To view the latest version, click the relevant link below.
Salford Giving Blog
The Salford Giving Blog features a range of stories from across the campus to demonstrate how our donors are making a real difference to our University community, including a host of case studies and interviews with our beneficiaries.
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Thank you to every individual, organisation, charitable trust and foundation that has supported us this year, we can't wait to see what the next year brings!