Horizon Fund Bursary

Applications for this bursary are closed.

How does up to £1,500 to help with your study costs sound? And guess what - you don’t need to pay a single penny back!

The Horizon Fund receives generous donations from incredible alumni, staff, former staff, and friends of Staffordshire University to provide financial support to Staffordshire University students to help them reach their goals.

Eligibility criteria

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

Prospective students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the one of the bursaries:

  • Be a first year/Level 4 undergraduate only
  • Be a UK home student
  • Be from and currently live within 30 miles of one of our campuses (These campuses are Stoke-on-Trent, Blackheath Lane, Lichfield and Shrewsbury)
  • Have joined the University from Step-up to HE or an Access to HE course
  • Have paid full tuition fees as a full-time on-campus student
  • Have a household income of below £25,000 per annum that is assessed by their award authority, and have given consent for this information to be shared with the University
  • Be studying a non-funded course (i.e. not entitled to receive any government support)

Key dates

Applications for this bursary are now closed.

Key information

The bursary will be paid in two installments directly to the provided bank account – students must be in full attendance for these payment dates.

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.


  • 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


The Board wanted to share with you a few of the key elements they look for in an application.

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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 scholar ceases to no longer be a registered full-time 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.
  • The University has the right to award/withdraw an award within 14-days of the applicant being made aware of their outcome if an administrative error has occurred.
  • 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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