Denise Coates Foundation Bursary

Applications for this bursary are closed.

How does up to £2,000 to help with your study costs sound? And guess what - you don’t need to pay a single penny back!

For the ninth year in a row the University has received a generous donation from the Denise Coates Foundation to help transform the lives of local students.

Eligibility criteria

The criteria for the Denise Coates Foundation bursary is subject to change each academic year – please review the eligibility criteria below before applying.  

Prospective students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

£2,000 1st year undergraduate (Level 4)

  • First year undergraduate only (Level 4)
  • Primary address within 20 miles of one of our Staffordshire or Shropshire campuses (These campuses are Stoke-on-Trent, Blackheath Lane, Lichfield and Shrewsbury)
  • Attain high achieving grades via the UCAS ranking system
  • Have joined the University from a College or School 6th Form having studied A Level, T Level or BTEC
  • Paying full tuition fees as a full-time on-campus student
  • Have a household income of below £30,000 per annum that is assessed by their award authority and have given consent for this information to be shared with the University
  • Studying a non-funded course (i.e., not entitled to receive any government support, NHS bursary recipients are still eligible to apply)
  • Be the first-degree course taken, regardless of whether the course was completed or not
  • To not have repeated any year of the course being taken

£1,500 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate (Level 5 and 6)

  • Second or Third year undergraduate only (Level 5 or Level 6)
  • Students must be achieving an average of 60% or over (2:1 or 1st) in current University assessments
  • Primary address within 20 miles of one of our Staffordshire or Shropshire campuses (These campuses are Stoke-on-Trent, Blackheath Lane, Lichfield and Shrewsbury)
  • Have joined the University from a College or School 6th Form having studied A Level, T Level or BTEC
  • Paying full tuition fees as a full-time on-campus student
  • Have a household income of below £30,000 per annum that is assessed by their award authority and have given consent for this information to be shared with the University
  • Studying a non-funded course (i.e., not entitled to receive any government support, NHS bursary recipients are still eligible to apply)
  • Be the first-degree course taken, regardless of whether the course was completed or not
  • To not have repeated any year of the course being taken

Key dates

Applications for this bursary are now closed.

Key information

The bursary will be paid in two instalments directly to the provided bank account – students must be actively attending University and the recipient event for these payments to be made.

Students must be actively engaged in their studies, with failure to do this resulting in the removal of the bursary.

Students must also be willing to be involved in University publicity campaigns e.g., social media, web, news articles, and magazines if required.

How to apply

Please review your application carefully before submitting as duplicate entries will not be considered.

Please remember:

  • Don’t focus on your personal/home life situation, this bursary is meant to help support your time at university, to help towards trips, equipment or other items that take your degree to the next level
  • This is not meant as a hardship bursary – if you are having any financial difficulties or struggles please contact the main University Financial Support team
Bursary Board hints and tips

Bursary Board hints and tips

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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 student ceases to no longer be a registered full-time at the University or they take up full-time employment whilst in receipt of the bursary, no further payments will be made.
  • 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. Individual feedback is not guaranteed.
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