Faculty of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Undergraduate Scholarships

The Social Sciences Scholarships recognise students who have encountered and overcome barriers to their educational journey and offers financial support of £4,500 across their course.

Please read these guidance notes before completing the online application form.

Applications for this scholarship will close on Wednesday 3 May 2023.

If you need these notes and the application form in an alternative format (eg Braille, large font), please call Financial Support on +44 (0)115 823 2071 or email us at bursaries@nottingham.ac.uk

Scholarship information 

The Faculty of Social Sciences Alumni Scholarship Awards are scholarships for degree students entering the university in September 2023. The awards offer financial support totaling £4,500 over the duration of their three-year course to academically able students who have encountered and overcome barriers to their educational journey. The programme was established thanks to the generosity of Nottingham alumni and friends of the faculty. It is intended to assist students with their essential living costs whilst studying, it is not intended to be used towards tuition fees.

We are also keen to target these scholarships at those students who can show the beneficial impact the award will have on their time at university and their future prospects.

The applicant must also have a strong commitment to broader personal and professional development. Please note there are limited scholarships available. 

Please note that you may be eligible for a Nottingham Potential Bursary.

If you apply and are successful in applying for a Faculty of Social Sciences Alumni Scholarship Award you will not be eligible for the Nottingham Potential Bursary.

Who can apply for this scheme?

For this scheme you must meet the following basic criteria. You must:

  • be applying through UCAS and hoping to enroll in Autumn 2023 on the first year of a Faculty of Social Sciences undergraduate degree (not a foundation year) at the University of Nottingham (UK Campus)
  • be studying for a first undergraduate degree
  • have Home funding status (see definition on page 3)
  • have a 2021/22 tax year Household Income of between £0-£42,875, as assessed by Student Finance (see definition on page 3)
  • not be receiving external sponsorship for your course, for example, from industry/employers (University Core Bursaries and Government grants do not affect your eligibility)

What should be included in your “Supporting Statement” (questions 16-18)?

An assessment panel consisting of professional services staff will consider your scholarship application. When making their decision, the panel will take into consideration the following:

  • Has the applicant overcome barriers on their educational journey, such as but not limited to:
    • from a low socio-economic background, for example, low participation neighbourhood (an area where people are less likely to go to university)
    • long term medical/health condition or a disability (including mental health)
    • disruption in the home environment, examples may include but not limited to care leavers, caring responsibilities, estrangement
  • Has the applicant clearly demonstrated their commitment to personal development through participating in activities outside of formal study? We are looking for you to show us how taking part in activities outside of your formal education have helped you develop as a person. Examples of activities might include volunteer or charity work, leadership roles in organisations (for example, Brownies/Scouts), providing support for community and/or faith-based events, fundraising or awareness-raising activities for local groups, or extra-curricular activities within school (for example, mentoring of younger students, supporting student campaigns or initiatives), involvement in music or sport, or independent informal study of any new subjects.
  • Has the applicant identified and articulated how the scholarship will enhance their university experience and help them to achieve their future ambitions or career goals? We are looking, in particular, for applicants who can explain the difference the scholarship will make to them, not only the opportunity to study at the University of Nottingham.

Each of the questions in the ‘Supporting Statement’ section (questions 16-18) will be scored separately so please give as much information as you can for each question, even if this means repeating information.

Application form

Frequently asked questions

What is a 'Home Student' (Question 9)?

Your student finance company (ie Student Finance England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the SAAS) will decide your residency status. To be classed as a ‘Home’ student you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three-year period prior to the start of your course. Students granted refugee status and European migrant workers may also be eligible. If you are unsure of your status contact the student finance company for further information.

What is 'Household Income' (Question 12)?

The “Household Income” figure used by the university in relation to award eligibility is the figure calculated by Student Finance when you apply for your government support funding (Student Loans and Grants). It is the gross income of all those in your household (for example, your parent/s or your partner) during the tax year prior to your entrance to University before tax and national insurance deductions but minus a few allowable deductions. More information is available from gov.uk/studentfinance

The Student Loans Company should automatically share your income information with the university, unless you chose to opt out. For more information about this, read the Privacy Notice in the accompanying notes to your Student Finance application. If you opt out of data sharing with Student Finance your financial information will not be shared with us and you will not be eligible for this fund.

As the deadline for this award is prior to the start of your course at Nottingham you will need to declare your household income for the tax period April 2021 to March 2022. This figure will be checked against that supplied by Student Finance at the time of your registration at the university to ensure it is a similar figure to that you have declared and that it doesn't exceed the £42,875 eligibility threshold.

How will any award be paid?

If successful, your total award of £4,500 will be split equally over the three-year duration of your course: ie £1,500 per year. Registered students will receive payment in three termly instalments each academic year commencing October 2022.

When is the closing date and when will I know if I’ve been made an award?

The closing date for submitting this form is Wednesday 3 May 2023. Applications will be looked at once the closing date has passed and all applicants will be informed by email of the outcome of their application by Wednesday 31 May 2023 at the latest. If you wish to be notified by a method other than email, please indicate this on your application (Question 6).

Successful candidates will receive a provisional notice of an award on the condition that they receive an offer to study for a Faculty of Social Sciences degree course at the university, that they meet the conditions of that offer, that they register on the course in September 2022, that they still meet the eligibility criteria at that time and that the household income figure provided by Student Finance is between £0 and £42,875.

The University of Nottingham's safeguarding responsibilities

The University of Nottingham has a responsibility to comply with legislation regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and will consult with local relevant bodies if it feels that the welfare of an individual is at risk. The information provided in this application will be treated confidentially, but in making an application you accept that you understand the university’s policy on safeguarding.

View full information on the university’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.


If you wish for feedback on the outcome of your application, you should initially contact us for a further discussion on:

If after an explanation of the assessment of your application you are still not satisfied and feel that there has been a procedural inconsistency, please refer to the ‘How to appeal’ section below.

If you have any questions about completing this application form or want more information about any area of student support funding, then please contact us. We can provide information and advice on all aspects of student finance including Government and university student support funds.

Funding Support Team contact details:

How to appeal

If after an explanation of the assessment you believe there has been an error or a procedural inconsistency and you wish to appeal you should email the Funding Manager detailing the basis of your appeal.

Please send your email to john.hudson@nottingham.ac.uk and copy in financialsupport@nottingham.ac.uk

Appeals must be lodged within two weeks of the date of the email notifying you of the initial outcome.

You will be contacted within seven working days of receipt of the appeal with confirmation of the outcome of the appeal.

Please note that the Funding and Financial Support Management’s decision is final.

Details about the Funding and Financial Support appeal process can be requested from the team at any point and this does not affect your right to raise an official complaint. View further details.

Please note that following registration at the University of Nottingham, all contact will be via your university email account.


Faculty of Social Sciences

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