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About the Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary

Applications for the 2023/24 academic year will open in January 2024.

The Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary offers support to students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst studying at Nottingham.

Trustees of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal donated money to a number of Universities, including The University of Nottingham, in order for undergraduate bursaries to be awarded to students normally resident in the locality of the University.

The University awards a small number of bursaries of around £500 depending on tax and Gift Aid regulations. Unlike a student loan, the bursary is non-repayable and can be spent on anything you like to help you while you study.

As the number of bursaries is limited the University attempts to target those students in most need, therefore you must apply for this bursary so your eligibility can be assessed. 

If you have any questions about this bursary or your eligibility, please contact the bursary team.

Are you eligible?

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Been a Nottingham resident for at least 2 years before the start of your course
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Successfully applied to The Student Hardship Fund
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Resgistered as a full-time home student on an undergraduate course 


Eligibility criteria explained 

To be eligible for the Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary in the 2023/24 academic year, you must:

  • have been resident in Nottinghamshire for at least 2 years immediately prior to the start of their undergraduate course
  • have successfully applied to The Student Hardship Fund in the 2023/24
  • have Home** funding status (see definition below)
  • be registered and attending the final year of a full time undergraduate course at The University of Nottingham in the UK in 2023/24
  • have requested (if eligible) their full Student Loan entitlement for the current year

As there are limited awards, the following additional criteria will also be taken into consideration:

  • the student has unavoidable additional expenses (e.g. costs in relation to a disability or chronic medical condition, costs in relation to dependants)
  • the student is a mature student, i.e. was aged 21 years plus at the start of their undergraduate course
  • the student was 60 years plus at the start of their undergraduate course and has therefore been unable to obtain a Student Loan
  • the student is on a course of 4 (or more) years duration 
  • the student has not received financial support through any other bursary or scholarship scheme (e.g. Core Bursary, Potential Bursary)

Applications are assessed under a procedure agreed by the Financial Support Funds Committee of the University that includes Student Union representation. Priority will be given to students who meet several of the additional criteria.

How to apply

If you believe you are eligible for the Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary based on the above criteria, we encourage you to fill out the online application.

Applications for the 2023/24 academic year will open in January 2024.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in writing within 4 weeks of the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the application process for the Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary please contact our team.


How to appeal

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application you should initially contact the Funding & Financial Support team to discuss your concerns.

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 and copy in

Appeals must be lodged within 2 weeks of the date of the email notifying you of the initial outcome.

You will be contacted within 7 working day of receipt of the appeal with confirmation of the outcome of the appeal. Please note that the Funding & Financial Support Management’s decision is final.

Details about the Funding & 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. Further details can also be found on our website.


 More funding options

Students who are eligible for the Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary may also be eligible for other types of funding.

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Nottingham Potential Bursary

For UK students with personal backgrounds or circumstances that may have impacted their academic potential

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Local Scholarships

For students who live and/or attended school in the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or the East Midlands

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The Stoneygate Award

For academically able students who face or have overcome personal barriers to attend university.


View all scholarships and bursaries

**A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance. 

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