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Support Solent, shape lives

Thanks to donations from our alumni, staff and friends we are able to support Solent students.

Below, our students share how this support makes a different to their lives and times at Solent, as well as their future plans.

Read more about the Local Student Bursary Scheme, which supports the next generation of students from our local community. In the autumn term 2020, thanks to the fantastic support of our donors, we have awarded 44 local student bursaries to students.

Hear from one of our 2019 local student bursary recipients.


This year, three students benefited from receiving a grant to support them with volunteering at registered charities.

See how donations to the Student Experience Fund made a difference to one of the students awarded a volunteering grant in 2020.


In 2019, we awarded 17 bursaries to local students. Here are their stories:

Megan, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

My name is Megan, and I am a final year mechanical engineering student at Solent.

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by mechanics. As a little girl, I remember looking at aeroplanes and wanting to know how they worked. That’s why I am so pleased to be studying at Solent, working towards my dream career.

Receiving the local student bursary changed my life. I am so grateful to the generosity of former students and staff who donated. It allows me to focus on my studies and follow my dream of being a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.

In my family, I am the first person to go to University. Having been a student from a low-income background and after the diagnosis of my mother’s illness, I have worked incredibly hard, with very little resources, to get to my current position whilst also helping care for my mum.

I have been unable to get a part-time job. My time is taken up with my studies and caring for my mum.  Money was extremely stretched after paying the necessary bills, such as rent and food. I would worry about how I would afford the weekly bus fare and was unsettled as I knew this was affecting my studies.

As a result, I also had very limited social interaction outside of the University – as my focus was on saving as much money as possible for study related material. It felt very lonely.

This all changed when I heard I would receive the bursary. I felt free. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d be getting a bursary. I know how competitive they are, so I was overwhelmed!

The bursary has helped me with the costs of studying, such as transport to and from the campus, as well as allowing me to attend events and work experience which supports my career prospects.  It also means I can finally join in with my friends on a special occasion like a birthday meal.

I now worry less about my finances and can focus on my final and busiest year at Solent. The bursary has truly raised what would have been unpassable. I feel free and can focus on my studies without constantly worrying about my finances.

I am putting everything into my time at Solent to achieve my dream. I am so excited for what the future holds and can’t wait to pursue my dream career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, thanks to the generosity of people like you.

Jordan, BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

My name is Jordan and I am a final year BA (Hons) Computer Games Design at Solent.

As a Local Student Bursary recipient, I am so grateful to everyone who donated. As a full-time carer for my mother, the bursary took a huge weight off my shoulders. The bursary is helping to cover the cost of travel to campus and providing better equipment to further my studies in software development. It has truly allowed me to progress further in my education.

Being a full-time carer and a full-time student is difficult at times. The bursary has allowed me to focus on my studies without having to worry about how I’ll be able to continue my studies.

Thank you to everyone who has donated. You have lessened the stress and allowed me to focus on my studies. 


In 2018, thanks to donations from our alumni, staff and friends, we were able to award three bursaries from the Local Student Bursary Scheme for the first time.

Liz, a mature student from Southampton, was one of the first recipients to receive the new Local Student Bursary. Liz has experienced several challenging times in her life but is excited by the opportunity higher education brings.

Liz, one of the recipients of a student bursary

"When I was 18, I never had the opportunity to get a good education. My goal is to one day become a qualified product designer. To me the industry is full of exciting, challenging careers that involve using excellent skills.

"I want to enhance my creative skills and knowledge that will enable me to join and contribute to this dynamic and constantly evolving world. Humans have always sought to improve the way they live, and I want to be a part of that.

"Only a good education will give me the chance to live my dream. I’m so pleased Solent is giving me this opportunity and with extra support through a bursary."

Jean, a mature student who is studying Fashion and Design, has also received the Local Student Bursary and is truly grateful of how the funds are going to help ‘change her life’.

"As a mature, full-time student there are lots of challenges in my life including financial worries. Through receiving the bursary I will now be able to buy a computer, chair and table, which will support my studies."

Jean, one of the recipients of a student bursary

Lucie's story

With the support of our alumni, staff and friends, each year a £1,000 bursary will be awarded to as many local students from deprived backgrounds as possible. Higher education offers new possibilities for a brighter future. We want to support aspiring students from our local community to experience all that Solent has to offer and shape the future around them.

If you’d like to support Solent students and help shape lives, donate online here.

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