Students at the University of Salford

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.

Student Support

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.

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!

Discover more about our scholarships, bursaries & prizes

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.

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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:

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.

If you would like to discuss establishing a scholarship, bursary or prize, please contact Sophie Ball (Strategic Development Manager):

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.

Our Communities

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.

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.

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):

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.

Santander Universities

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.

Morson Group

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.

Learn more about the awe-inspiring work of the Morson Maker Space.

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.

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.

Find out more about Naming Opportunities

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.

Read more about leaving a gift in your will

Legacy Garden

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.

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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.

Gillian said:

"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!

Learn about the Legacy Garden

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:

Impact Publication


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.

Contact us

  • Address: First Floor, Humphrey Booth House, The University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PF
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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!