Loughborough University
Loughborough University


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Loughborough University Location

Central England

Loughborough University


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Central England


Opportunity Scholarship
Scholarship Name Opportunity Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Scholarship amount £3,000
Nationality Any
Scholarship Deadline 30 June 2020

Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for UK students from areas of low HE participation. Scholarship award-holders will receive £3,000 per year for three years (excluding the placement year) and the support will be paid directly into your bank account in three equal instalments per year.

Selection criteria

Students who meet the following criteria will be eligible for consideration:

  1. Be a UK national and assessed as paying UK/EU tuition fees
  2. Be permanently resident in the UK in an area under-represented in Higher Education (POLAR4 quintile 1) according to Government approved measures – OR be permanently resident in the UK in an area of socio-economic deprivation (English Indices of Multiple Deprivation – IMD Decile 1 or 2) AND in an area of low participation to Higher Education (POLAR4 Quintile 2). You can check which quintile/decile your postcode falls within using the POLAR4 lookup tool, and the IMD postcode lookup. See below for guidance on these tools.
  3. Be in receipt of an offer for undergraduate study from Loughborough University by 30th June 2020 
  4. Select Loughborough University as your firm choice institution (Conditional Firm or Unconditional Firm)
  5. Complete an application for the Opportunity Scholarship by 30th June 2020 – applicants identified as eligible will receive an invitation email containing a link to the online form
  6. Achieve at least ABB in A levels or equivalent
  7. Commence the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree course at Loughborough University

 Please note the Opportunity Scholarship is open only to applications from those who are not yet students of the University.

Application process

All eligible applicants who meet criteria 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be invited to complete an online application form which must be submitted by 30th June 2020 for 2020 entry. As part of this, you will be asked to provide a supporting statement outlining why you would benefit from the scholarship. Where applicable, this should include details of any personal circumstances that may have made the process of entering higher education particularly challenging. Your information will be held securely, never shared with third parties and always managed in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018). Our privacy policy is available to view here.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and scored by a panel after the deadline. Scholarships will be awarded once the University has received examination results, verified declared household income and confirmed which students have successfully secured a place to study at Loughborough. The highest scoring applicants who meet all of the above eligibility criteria (including the achievement of at least ABB at A level or equivalent) will be awarded a scholarship. This is a competitive process with many applicants; we encourage you to complete the application form carefully.

Check your postcode

When using the OfS POLAR4 lookup tool, enter your postcode without spaces and select the MSOA geographic boundary. Your POLAR4 quintile is displayed in the first line of the table on the right of the map.

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