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Scholarships can be given for a number of reasons and are designed to support you through your studies by helping with general living costs. They are non-repayable and can be spent on anything from rent and household bills to books and specialist equipment. You are only eligible for one bursary or scholarship type in any single year.

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

Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship

The University offers an Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarship to reward applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. These are awarded automatically 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

 

 

£1,000

Total

£500

£1,000

£2,000

The undergraduate academic merit scholarship will be awarded to applicants who achieve the above grades and who are holding an 'unconditional firm' offer on a full-time course.

This scholarship is based on UK standard qualifications and is open to students from the UK, EU, EEA and from overseas who are self-financing (not sponsored by their government or employer).

The scholarship is offered automatically (no application process) as either cash or a deduction from University accommodation charges. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship, bursary or fee discount.

The scholarship will be issued in cash in December.

Postgraduate Taught Academic Merit Scholarship

The University offers postgraduate academic scholarships to applicants who achieve the following grades and who are holding an 'unconditional firm' offer on a full- or part-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 students from the UK, EU, EEA, and from overseas who are self-financing (not sponsored by their government or employer).

The scholarship is based on a UK qualification taken in the UK and is offered automatically (no application process) as a fee reduction.

This scholarship 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 this scholarship.

International Merit Scholarships


EU students

The University is pleased to offer a limited number of academic merit scholarships of between £500 and £1,000 for applicants from the EU studying a full-time course and who exceed the entry criteria for their course.

To qualify, students must 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. Applicants need to be self-funded (not sponsored by their government or employer). The scholarship does not apply to Study Abroad students.

The scholarship is issued as a cash payment in December and is awarded automatically (no application process) on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships, bursaries or fee discounts.

The scholarship is a cash scholarship and is awarded in the following way:

LevelAmountQuantity

Undergraduate and postgraduate

£500

20

Undergraduate and postgraduate

£1,000

10

Overseas students

The University is pleased to offer a limited number of academic merit scholarships of between £1,000 and £2,000 for applicants from some countries overseas (non-EU countries) who are studying a full-time course and who exceed the entry criteria for their course.

To qualify, students must 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. 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. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships, bursaries or fee discounts.

The scholarship is awarded at the start of the course as a tuition fee reduction.

The scholarships are awarded in the following way:

Level Amount Quantity Eligible countries 
Undergraduate and postgraduate  £1,000  40  Africa, Brunei, Central America, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Latin America, Singapore, Caricom States, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam 
Undergraduate and postgraduate  £1,500  20  Africa, Brunei, Canada, Central America, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Norway, Latin America, Singapore, Caricom States, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam. 
Undergraduate and postgraduate £2,000 10 Africa, Brunei, Canada, Central America, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Norway, Latin America, Singapore, Caricom States, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam.

Top-Up Merit Scholarship for 2018 entry

The University offers a Top-Up Academic Merit Scholarship as a way to reward students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability.

This is non-repayable and, as the award is in cash, you can choose to spend this how you wish. This is awarded based on final results achieved before coming to university, i.e. at school or at college, with examples shown below:

  Merit profile Distinction profile
 Semester 1 (Year 1) £500 £1,000
 Total £500 £1,000
 Award form Overseas students will receive a fee reduction and home/EU students will receive a cash scholarship Overseas students will receive a fee reduction and home/EU students will receive a cash scholarship

The scholarship is based on a UK qualification taken in the UK and is offered automatically (no application process) as cash for home and EU students and as a fee reduction for overseas students.

You will be automatically considered for the scholarship based on your final results and will be contacted in November to confirm your payment date, which will be in December.

MBA Executive Scholarship for 2018 entry

The University offers the MBA Executive Scholarship as a way to recognise professional practice.

The scholarship is awarded automatically (no application process) and is awarded at the start of the course as a tuition fee reduction. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships, bursaries or fee discounts.

The scholarships are awarded in the following way:

 Award category Award
Two years' professional experience £2,000 
One year's professional experience £1,000 
 Award form The award will be made in the form of a fee reduction 

PGCert Professional Development Planning Scholarship

This course has been developed to help recent graduates prepare further for professional development and a scholarship of £3,000 is available to unemployed recent graduates to cover the full course fees.

The scholarship is awarded automatically (no application process). It cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships, bursaries or fee discounts.

Sport scholarships

Sports scholarships are awarded to athletes competing in a variety of sports at national level and above, including - but not exclusively - basketball, cricket, football and sailing.

As a scholar, you'll receive financial assistance towards academic fees and be able to take advantage of a support package worth up to £2,500. Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the University for each successful applicant.

 
UndergraduatePostgraduate
Year 1: 100%  Year 1: 100%
Year 2: 50%  Year 2: 50%
Year 3: 50% N/A

Find out more about sport scholarships 

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. 

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 will be made in December and cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship, bursary or fee discount.

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.

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