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Scholarships are a reward given to applicants based on final results and accumulate, as per the examples below.

Scholarships will be awarded via a tuition fee reduction to the cost of a student’s full annual course fee.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship you will need to apply to the University by 26 January 2022 and accept our offer on a firm basis by 9 June 2022.

Any student is only eligible for one bursary, grant or scholarship type in any single academic year.

For more information on any of the scholarships mentioned here, please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship (UAMS)

The University offers an Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship to reward applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. These are awarded automatically (no application necessary) based on final results, as shown in the example below:

 1 x ‘A’ in A-levels or Distinction at BTEC, or equivalent2 x ‘A’ in A-levels or Distinction at BTEC, or equivalent3 x ‘A’ in A-levels or Distinction at BTEC, or equivalent

Year 1

£500

£1,000

£1,000

Year 2

 £0

 £0

£1,000

Total

£500

£1,000

£2,000

PLEASE NOTE: in order to be eligible for these scholarships, you must meet the publicised course entry requirements at the time of enrolment.

Tariff increase

  • Courses that have 96-112 UCAS tariff points - applicants will have to meet 112 to be awarded.
  • Courses that have 104-120 UCAS tariff points - applicants will have to meet 120 to be awarded.

This scholarship is based on UK standard qualifications* (previous qualifications are subject to a time-frame of three years) and is open to all students who are self-financing (not sponsored by their government or employer).

*These qualifications must be taken over a minimum of two years

It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship, bursary or fee discount. The scholarship will be issued as a tuition fee reduction. 

The University reserves the right to pro-rata this discount should you suspend or withdraw from study during the academic year. Please refer to our student fees and finance section for further information.

Direct Entry Academic Merit Scholarship (DAMS)

Scholarships are a reward given to applicants based on final results and accumulate, as per the examples below. Scholarships will be awarded as a tuition fee credit between £500 and £1,000.

The University offers a Direct Entry (Year 3 and Top-up) Academic Merit Scholarship as a way to reward students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. These are awarded automatically (no application necessary) based on final results, as shown in the examples below.

  Merit profile Distinction profile
 Semester one  £500  £1,000
 Total  £500  £1,000

This scholarship is based on UK standard qualifications* (previous qualifications are subject to a time-frame of three years) and is open to all students who are self-financing (not sponsored by their government or employer).

*These qualifications must be taken over a minimum of two years.

The University reserves the right to pro-rata this discount should you suspend or withdraw from study during the academic year. Please refer to our student fees and finance section for further information.

Postgraduate Taught Academic Merit Scholarship (PAMS)

The University is pleased to offer, as a tuition fee reduction, a limited amount of postgraduate academic scholarships to applicants who achieve the following grades and who are holding an 'unconditional firm' offer on a full-time course: 

YearGrade requirementAmountType

Year 1

First (or equivalent)

£1,500

Tuition fee reduction

Year 1

2:1 (or equivalent)

 

£1,000

Tuition fee reduction

Year 1

2:2 (or equivalent)

£0

 

These scholarships are open to all students who are self-financing (not sponsored by their government or employer). 

The scholarship is based on UK standard qualification (previous qualifications are subject to a time-frame of three years).   

It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship, bursary or fee discount. If you are a Solent graduate eligible for an alumni discount you would not be eligible for a PAMS scholarship too. 

The University reserves the right to pro-rata this discount should you suspend or withdraw from study during the academic year. Please refer to our student fees and finance for further information. 

International Academic Merit Scholarships (IAMS)

The University is pleased to offer, as a tuition fee reduction, a limited number of international academic merit scholarships of between £1,000 and £2,000 for applicants from overseas, and non-settled EU students who are studying a full-time degree level course (not at foundation level) and who exceed the entry criteria for their course.

To qualify, students must currently be studying an international qualification or be studying for an international foundation programme in the UK with an 'unconditional firm' offer on a full-time course (previous qualifications are subject to a time-frame of three years).

Applicants must be self-funded and not sponsored by their government or employer. The scholarship does not apply to Study Abroad students. The scholarship is awarded automatically (no application process) on a 'first-come, first-served' basis as tuition fee reduction. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships or bursaries. 

The University reserves the right to pro-rata this discount should you suspend or withdraw from study during the academic year.

Please refer to our student fees and finance section for further information. The scholarships are awarded in the following way:

LevelAmount

Undergraduate and postgraduate

£500

Undergraduate and postgraduate

£1,500

Undergraduate and postgraduate

£2,000

Dean's Scholarships

The University is pleased to offer a Dean's scholarship scheme aimed at supporting students who have achieved academic excellence.

Award summary

Tuition fee reduction of £2,500 based on the full annual fee of the course.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have applied to start a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at Solent University (main campus).
  • Not be progressing from a Solent University programme.
  • Hold an unconditional offer which has been firmly accepted.
  • Be a self-funded full fee student (not sponsored by their government or employer).

Application process and award timescales

  • Applicants will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Scholarship; there is no need to apply for it.
  • Applicants will only be considered on qualifications completed within two years.
  • Applicants will be notified on application of a potential scholarship. This will then be confirmed in July 2021 (for September 2021 entry), October 2021 (for January 2022 entry) or February 2022 (for May 2022 entry).
  • As Dean’s scholarships are subject to limited availability, not all potential scholarships will lead to an actual award of a scholarship. They will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, once results have been confirmed and verified.
  • The Dean’s scholarship is awarded at the start of the course as a tuition fee reduction, based on the full annual fee of the course.
  • The scholarship is awarded for the first year of study only.

Academic criteria

  • Successful applicants will meet pre-determined minimum entry requirements set for the Dean’s Scholarship.

Further information

  • Scheme is applicable to following intakes: September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022
  • The Dean’s scholarship will be reduced pro-rata in line with any fee waivers applied upon suspension or withdrawal from study.
  • Solent University has sole discretion to assign, vary or withdraw this award.
  • Students who defer their place will not be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students can only be eligible for one of Solent’s scholarship awards.
  • Allocation of this award is based on these terms and conditions; there is no appeal process.
  • The Scholarship does not apply to Study Abroad students.

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships

The University is pleased to offer a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship scheme aimed at supporting students who have achieved academic excellence.

Award summary

Tuition fee reduction of £3,000 based on the full annual fee of the course.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have applied to start a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at Solent University (main campus) applicable to following intakes: September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022.
  • Not be progressing from a Solent University programme.
  • Hold an unconditional offer which has been firmly accepted.
  • Be a self-funded full fee student (not sponsored by their government or employer).

Application process and award timescales

  • Applicants will automatically be considered for the Vice-Chancellor's scholarship; there is no need to apply for it.
  • Applicants will only be considered on qualifications completed within two years.
  • Applicants will be notified on application of a potential scholarship. This will then be confirmed in July 2021 (for September 2021 entry), October 2021 (for January 2022 entry) or February 2022 (for May 2022 entry).
  • As Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships are subject to limited availability, not all potential scholarships will lead to an actual award of a scholarship. They will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, once results have been confirmed and verified.
  • The Vice-Chancellor's scholarship is awarded at the start of the course as a tuition fee reduction, based on the full annual fee of the course.
  • The scholarship is awarded for the first year of study only.

Academic criteria

  • Successful applicants will meet pre-determined minimum entry requirements set for Vice-Chancellor scholarship.

Further information

  • Scheme is applicable to following intakes: September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022.
  • The Vice-Chancellor's scholarship will be reduced pro-rata in line with any fee waivers applied upon suspension or withdrawal from study.
  • Solent University has sole discretion to assign, vary or withdraw this award.
  • Students who defer their place will not be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students can only be eligible for one of Solent’s scholarship awards.
  • Allocation of this award is based on these terms and conditions; there is no appeal process.
  • Students awarded a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship will be required to contribute to projects from the Solent Alumni community (acting as a brand ambassador during and after their time at Solent, eg, writing a blog and attending recruitment events).
  • The Scholarship does not apply to Study Abroad students.

Sport scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to athletes competing at national and international levels in a variety of sports, including - but not exclusively - basketball, cricket and football.

We offer the following sports scholarship bursaries:

  • Platinum: up to £5,000
  • Gold: up to £3,000
  • Silver: up to £1,000
  • Bronze: performance club offer (access to team support services)

In addition to the bursaries, we can also offer alternative tuition fee based packages for overseas applicants depending on the level you compete at and your sporting history.

Find out more about sport scholarships 

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) scholarship

We recognise that for many Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students the playing field for entry into university isn’t always level and this can be a barrier to students from these under-represented backgrounds reaching their potential.

For students applying for 2022 entry to our undergraduate courses, Solent University is offering the BAME Student Scholarship.

These scholarships provide eligible first year undergraduate students, from specific ethnic backgrounds, £1,000 each to use towards their university tuition fees or accommodation.

The scholarship is non means tested, non-repayable and available in addition to any other funding that you may also be eligible.

Successful applicants for this one-off scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Have applied for and hold a firm acceptance, full-time undergraduate course offer from Solent University.
  • Have submitted a BAME Student Scholarship Self-Declaration form on or before the 31 May 2022 application deadline.
  • Are a UK national with ‘home’ fee status who identifies as having one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • Asian or Asian British
      • Indian
      • Pakistani
      • Bangladeshi
      • Chinese
      • Any other Asian background
    • Black, African, Caribbean or Black British
      • African
      • Caribbean
      • Any other Black, African or Caribbean background
      • Other ethnic group
    • Mixed multiple ethnic groups
      • Mixed White and Black Caribbean
      • Mixed White and Black African
      • Mixed White and Asian
      • Any other Mixed or Multiple ethnic background
    • Other ethnic groups
      • Arab
      • Gypsy or Irish Traveller
      • Any other ethnic group

How to apply

In order to be considered for the BAME Student Scholarship, applicants holding a firm acceptance  place (conditional or unconditional) on an undergraduate course at Solent University must complete a  BAME Student Scholarship Self-Declaration Form.

This will enable the University to link your UCAS application with your application for the scholarship.

Please note, there are a limited number of scholarships provided each year and these are awarded in the order completed forms are returned.

The scholarship is one of several initiatives that we are undertaking as part of our Race Equality Charter and acts to address the gap in under-represented groups of students, as set out in our Access and Participation Plan.

This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship, bursary or fee discount.

The University reserves the right to pro-rata this discount, should you suspend or withdraw from study during the academic year. Please refer to our student fees and finance section for further information.

For further information about the scholarship, please email stepintosuccess@solent.ac.uk.

Fee waiver for Syrian refugees

Following the announcement that Britain is to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the course of the current parliament, Southampton has agreed to receive 25 families into the city. Southampton City Council is working with local statutory and voluntary partners to ensure that those who arrive are welcomed into the city and supported as they seek to build a new life here. The first family arrived at the end of 2015 and future families will arrive as suitable housing becomes available.  Other local authorities also support this scheme.

In support of this programme, Solent University has offered to provide up to one new full fee waiver per year for any Syrian National with refugee status (per year of entry).

Find out more

You are only eligible for one fee discount, bursary or university scholarship in any single year. 

Solent Sanctuary Scholarship

Solent University is committed to be a fair, diverse and cohesive University that challenges and tackles social inequality. We aim to foster a community with a culture of welcome, mutual trust, fairness, harmony and respect.

Our vision is to transform the lives of people from all backgrounds, through learning that is relevant to the real world. Our values create a university that is open to all, which celebrates different, and demonstrates a commitment to social justice and equality of opportunity

In support of our vision and values, each year Solent University awards one Solent Sanctuary Scholarship consisting of a full yearly fee waiver and a £3,000 grant to a person seeking sanctuary studying on a three-year undergraduate programme.

To be eligible for the Solent Sanctuary Scholarship, you need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Seeking asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK, or the partner/dependant of someone seeking asylum or humanitarian protection; OR
  • Someone, or the partner/dependent of someone, who has been granted Discretionary or Limited Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status.

AND

  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer from Solent University.
  • Be attending a school, college or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application.
  • Be unable to access mainstream funding for higher education i.e. Student Finance
  • Not have a 'no study' immigration bail condition.
  • Live within easy commuting distance of Solent University.
  • Not require additional support for living expenses or accommodation other than that provided through the Solent Sanctuary Scholarship

All undergraduate programmes are open to Solent Sanctuary Scholarship applicants except BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, Foundation Years and Apprenticeships.

Please be aware you are likely to be able to apply for a contextual offer, which is a scheme where applicants who meet certain criteria (including being a refugee) may receive lower entry offers than standard (based on their context and individual circumstances). Those who meet the contextual offer criteria should apply the usual UCAS process and should also use of self-declaration form if they feel they meet additional criteria. Find out more about contextual offers.

For further information or to request an application form to apply, please contact Rozenn Ghorbanian, Senior Partnerships Officer at sanctuary@solent.ac.uk who will support you through the application process. If you do not yet have a conditional or unconditional offer from Solent University, we can also support you with this process.

Applications for 2021 entry closes on Friday 18 June 2021.

Lisa Wilson Scholarship

The Wilson family have set up a fund in memory of their daughter Lisa Wilson, who sadly died in a car crash in Australia in November 2002. 

Lisa spent three years at Southampton Institute from 1998-2001:

  • 2000-2001 Southampton Institute of Higher Education
    • BA (Hons) Business Management: Classification Second Class Honours (First Division)
  • 1998-2000 Southampton Institute of Higher Education
    • HND Business and Marketing: awarded with commendation

The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund is available to help young people with the cost of higher education.  

There are four scholarships for new students applying to FdA, HND or BA/BSc degree courses. The scholarships are available to students who have overcome adversity and can demonstrate why they need extra financial help with their studies.  

The scholarship funding will be up to a maximum of £1,000 per year. This would be renewed annually.

To be considered for a scholarship applicants must:

  • be a UK home student,
  • have been accepted for a place on a FdA, FdSc, HND or degree course at Solent University,
  • state in writing the adversity they have overcome and demonstrate why they need extra financial support,
  • provide a letter of support from their sixth-form or FE college tutor or if not at college and employed, from current employer.

The award is made in October. Payments of this scholarship are made in two parts - first payment in October and the second in February.

For further information and an application form, please contact Geeta Uppal on 023 8201 3836 or email geeta.uppal@solent.ac.uk.

Further details of The Lisa Wilson Scholarship can be found at www.lisathedaddy.com.

Scholarships for MSc Applied AI and Data Science

Solent University has secured 36 scholarships (£10,000 each) as part of the £13million Office for Students (OfS) funding initiative (#JoinYourAIFuture) to increase the skilled workforce and diversity in AI and Data Science. These scholarships are to assist applicants from under-represented groups in AI and Data Science areas and are available for full and part time routes of this course.

Priority for the scholarships will be given to the following 3 groups:

  • Black student
  • Female student
  • Registered disabled students

With these other areas also being considered:

  • Students from POLAR Q1 and Q2 (UK students only) 

You can check if you live in Q1 or Q2 here.

  • Care experienced students (UK students only) (Please refer to FAQs Q10)
  • Estranged students (UK students only).  (Please refer to FAQs Q11)
  • Gypsy, Roma, Traveller student (resident in the UK)
  • Refugees (resident in the UK)
  • Children from UK military families, veterans, and partners of UK military personnel

The scholarship can be used towards tuition fees or Stipend (towards cost of equipment, living costs etc.) required for the course or a combination of both and you will be asked to specify this when applying for the scholarship.

Scholarships will be paid to the University to distribute to students who are in receipt of the scholarship. The University will pay the monies in 4 instalments over the duration of the course with the first payment being made at the start of the course.

Before applying for a scholarship, you must have applied for the course (click here).

To apply for the scholarship you need to complete the following form (click here) and either submit as part of your application to the course or e-mail a copy to admissions@solent.ac.uk ensuring you include your full name, course title and Solent ID Number (if known) so we can match up to your application

For frequently asked questions (FAQ) on this scholarship please (click here)

Key dates:

January 2022 intake

  • Deadline to apply for scholarship for January 2022 intake – Tuesday 30 Nov 2021.
  • Review of scholarship applications for January 2022 intake – Tuesday 30 Nov 2021 – Tuesday 14th Dec 2021.
  • Applicants contacted to advise of outcome of scholarship for January 2022 intake – After Tuesday 14th Dec 2021.

Application form (PDF)

Application form (Word)

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