Students from the EU and the UK look set to benefit from a £2.2 million postgraduate scholarship boost at the University of Sheffield.
As part of the Higher Education Funding Council’s £50 postgraduate scholarship million drive, designed to boost postgraduate opportunities for those from under-represented groups, the University of Sheffield will provide 220 scholarships, worth £10,000 each.
The number and value of the scholarships offered mean the scheme is one of the biggest for taught scholarships in the country.
The scholarships are aimed towards students from the UK and EU who are graduating from their undergraduate degrees this year.
Students from under-represented groups – including those from ethnic minorities, those who have previously been in the care system, those from deprived areas, students with disabilities and care-givers – will benefit from the scholarships.
The scheme is designed to recognise that there can often be barriers to postgraduate education for many talented students.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett, who was part of the UK Government’s 2010 review into postgraduate education, which recommended increased funding in the area, said: “Ensuring that talented students from all backgrounds have access to postgraduate education is not only life-changing for those individuals, it is vitally important for the UK.
“Postgraduate study is often the gateway to professions such as medicine, teaching and law. It would be a very poor society which had people in such key positions of care and influence from only one background – we need to ensure that our country benefits from ability right across the board, and that means we need to help overcome barriers of funding.
“The University of Sheffield was founded by people determined to ensure access to the highest quality education by those with the talent to take advantage of it, regardless of background, and I am very proud that the same spirit is still thriving here today.”
For more information about the scheme visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/pss