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Dr Ruth Thompson Global Teaching Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.


Following a generous legacy donation from Dr Ruth Thompson, the Global Teaching Scholarship has been established to encourage social mobility, the advancement of learning and to invest in global education systems and practice.

This award aims to provide students with an opportunity to attend a world class education conference chosen by the Department of Education Studies, based overseas (for example, The American Educational Research Association Annual Conference) to expand their knowledge of education systems and practice and to bring back innovative ideas to share with fellow students.

Funding of up to £1,200 (to contribute to costs of international travel and conference fees) will be provided for six students each year. Funding will only be paid once studying has commenced.

Eligibility criteria

Applications for the award will be judged against the following criteria. All decisions made are final.

  • All full and part-time postgraduate students studying for an academic studies qualification e.g. MA, EdD or PhD. (PGCE/PGCHPE/APA students will not be eligible)
  • Staffordshire University staff will not be eligible

How to apply

Applications are now closed

To apply, students must provide a synopsis of the benefits an international conference visit would have on their:

  • research,
  • methodology and improvement,
  • potential career and/or setting.

This should be linked to the conference theme, or society group of the conference. Applications are to be no more than 1 side of A4.

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.