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Scholarships

For academically able students from low-income backgrounds, the biggest worry isn’t achieving the grades they need to secure a place at Northumbria, but how they’ll afford the living costs while they study. 

That's why we want to support students on their journey to access, succeed and progress at Northumbria University. We know this is especially important for students from under-represented groups to ensure financial barriers, such as reduced government funding, fear of debt and low family income, are not the deciding factors when choosing to study, or progress to a higher level of study, at Northumbria.

How can you help?

Approximately 40% of our students are from under-represented backgrounds, and 65% are from North-East England where school attainment and routes into Higher Education are the lowest nationally.

Supporting a student with a scholarship of up to £2,000 a year to study at foundation or undergraduate level can provide crucial assistance with living costs.

Fear of increasing tuition fee debt and lessening access to wider finance to support living costs, often means that students from under-represented backgrounds are less likely to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Supporting a student to succeed in their learning journey at postgraduate level with a donation of up to £9,825 per annum, provides £3,500 for living costs and £6,325 for tuition fees.

With your help we can also support students from under-represented groups to progress to PhD study. A donation of £15,000, which in some cases can be match-funded by the University, can support tuition fees and/or living costs for one year.

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. We conduct ground-breaking, impactful research that is responsive to the needs of individuals and communities within the areas of science & technology, health & well-being, and economic, social & cultural development.

Northumbria University is in the Times Higher Education UK top 50 for research power, based on the results of the Research Excellence Framework. Additionally, we are ranked among the top 175 universities worldwide for research citations and are in the world’s top 100 universities aged 50 years or under, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

With your support, we can:

  • Enable more staff to produce high quality research that addresses global challenges and contributes to regional, national, and international priorities.
  • Increase the number of funded PhD studentships that we offer, with the aim of attracting exceptional applicants worldwide.
  • Provide a broad, welcoming, and supportive research experience that allows staff and students to explore and achieve their full potential, regardless of background.
  • More closely integrate our education and research so we deliver research-enriched education that empowers our students to realise their ambitions and make a powerful contribution to regional, societal, and global challenges within their future careers.
  • Expand our partnerships with businesses, cultural organisations, government, and institutions around the world to leverage the impact of research to address economic and societal issues as well as the urgent global challenges.

To recognise your support, the University will work with you to choose a name for your scholarship. You can select the discipline closest to your degree or business interest, or we can provide advice on where there is the greatest need.

Donations can be made as a single payment or in instalments.

Through tax effective charitable giving, you can claim back the difference between the higher rates of tax and the basic rate on the total value of your donation. For example, if you pay tax at the 40% rate, a donation of £1,600 (+ Gift Aid = £2,000) allows you to recover £400, so the donation costs you £1,200 net, and Northumbria University receives £2,000.

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