Press Release: Scholarships for local students

29 April 2013

Local students who would like to study at the University of Buckingham are to be offered scholarships from this autumn.

The University wants to encourage applicants from the four counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire to sign up for its cost-effective two-year degrees.

“We are trying to raise the profile of the University locally,” says University Pro Vice-Chancellor Mr Julian Lovelock. “We already have a number of very satisfied local students and we want to build on this and make the University better known locally.”

To qualify for the £1,100 award, students must have three B grades at A-Level or the equivalent and be applying for a course that starts in September 2013 or January 2014.

Unlike other University scholarships, this award can be combined with Buckingham’s automatic bursary of £1,100, which is awarded to students who get a maintenance grant.

The higher education scene is changing and increasing numbers of students are choosing to stay at home and go to university to keep the cost down. Buckingham therefore wants to ensure that it attracts its share of these new local students.

The University has a range of bursaries and scholarships in addition to these regional scholarships to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. These awards enable students to receive a discount on their fees.

Students may, for example, apply for a Gregory scholarship or bursary, worth £2,000 a year and open to students from all departments. The University’s policy is to ensure that bursaries and scholarships are awarded to those who might not otherwise be able to benefit from a university education – and financial need is taken into consideration when making the award.

This September, for example, there are two bursaries for students wanting to study for a degree in Psychology. One current Psychology student Laura Todd, now in her second year, says that the Gregory scholarship has given her a second chance. She had to drop out of university when her father died. “Without the Gregory scholarship, I would not have the opportunity to study at a University that provides so much support and help to individual student.”

For more information about the University of Buckingham scholarships and bursaries, visit www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships.

For more details relating to the press release contact Diana Blamires, Publicity Officer, on +44 (0)1280 820213.