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Dr Ruth Thompson PGCE Scholarship for the Teachers of Tomorrow

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.


Following a generous legacy donation from Dr Ruth Thompson, the PGCE Scholarship for the Teachers of Tomorrow has been established to encourage more people to take up teaching locally. This scholarship is available for students studying a PGCE, wishing to become a teacher.

The scholarship comprises six awards of £1,000. Of the £1,000 scholarship successful recipients will be required to spend a minimum of £100 on their learning project.

  • £900 will go directly to the student via bank transfer to support them in their studies.
  • £100 will be available to undertake a learning project which will improve/develop practice within settings. e.g. creation of a learning resource to be used with children, a sign posting webpage to help parents.
  • Funding will only be paid once studying has commenced.

Eligibility criteria

Each application will be judged on the applicant meeting the set criteria below and on the strength of the personal statement within the application form.

  • Be a PGCE teacher training student
  • Your home address must have a Staffordshire postcode
  • You must not be in receipt of an existing DFE PGCE bursary

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Students must provide a synopsis of their learning project. This should explain the learning project and the need and benefits of the project and to which audience - e.g. Year 4 children. The students should also explain how the £900 will support them throughout their studies.

  • Applications must be no more than 500 words.
  • Students should be aware that they will be required to produce a 500 word evaluation of their project.
  • Applications for 2020 are now closed.
  • Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application by October 12th 2020.

Bursary Payment Exemptions

  • The University will conduct a review of a student’s bursary if progress or performance in their studies is deemed to be unsatisfactory without an appropriate reason for this.
  • If the scholar ceases to no longer be a registered student at the University or they take up full-time employment whilst in receipt of the bursary, no further payments will occur.
  • The University has the right to withdraw an award from anyone who is found to have misled the institution about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid to them.
  • Staffordshire University reserves the right to revise or amend these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. All decisions made by the Development and Alumni Relations Office are final.