Plug in to Salford

Plug into Salford

If you are studying at Salford City College, are the first person in your family to go to University and have no family background of higher education, this project is designed to support your transition from college into student life.  

Throughout the programme you will get to meet current student ambassadors who are also first in their family to go to University and alumni who have already studied at Salford. They understand what it can be like to navigate higher education for the first time, and  have experienced what it’s like settling into student life and building their sense of belonging in the student community.  

This is a free programme for students from Salford City College. Participants will receive a £1000 bursary for taking part, paid via 2 instalments of £500 during the first and second trimester after they enroll at the University of Salford. All elements of the programme must be completed in order to access this scholarship.  

To enquire about a place on the programme, or to request a copy of the briefing held on 1st July, please contact

What will the programme provide?

The Plug into Salford programme is set up to help you:  

  • Navigate starting life as a student 
  • Provide you with the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your surroundings 
  • Understand more about academic study skills 
  • Meet academic staff from your chosen course  
  • Discover the support services at Salford 

Programme details

Programme prior to study

  • May - June - Applications open
  • June - Information session
  • August - Mentoring opportunity 
  • September - Three day Plug into Salford programme 

Programme whilst studying at Salford 

  • Be matched with a peer mentor in your first term 
  • Prioritisation for Student Experience and Success opportunities for your career progression 
  • Become a Plug into Salford student ambassador, a paid role supporting the next cohort   

Eligibility criteria

To take part in the programme, you must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Be in Year 13 at Salford City College  
  • Be a Home (UK) student or expect to be by the time you apply for higher education. 
  • Have attended a UK state high school (i.e. you did not have to pay for your education). 
  • Be currently studying a Level 3 qualification. 
  • You are the first in your immediate family to attend higher education. 

Additional criteria

Applicants who additionally meet any of the following criteria will be prioritised for participation.  

  • Have experience of local authority care or are currently in care 
  • Estranged from both parents and guardians  
  • Children of military families. 
  • Applicants who live in a 'low participation' neighbourhood 
  • Are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic group