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Undergraduate bursaries and scholarships 2016

Starting at Surrey in 2016? Find out more about our bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.

The information on this page is aimed at students commencing their studies in 2016. For information about our bursaries and scholarships for 2017 entry, visit our 2017 bursaries and scholarships page.

University of Surrey bursaries

In order to be eligible for a Surrey Bursary your household income must meet all of the criteria, you must be a UK or EU student and must be paying the full tuition fees (therefore NHS-funded students and students who are being funded are not eligible).

You must also have correctly filled out and submitted your application to Student Finance England/Student Finance European Team for a loan and must also make sure that you and your parent/guardian have given your consent to share the information with the University.

Please note that the scheme detailed below is subject to OFFA (Office for Fair Access) approval and therefore our bursary schemes may change in order to meet regulations. We currently anticipate offering the following to students commencing their studies at Surrey in October 2016:

Full Surrey Award

Students with a household income of less than £25,000 and who are resident in POLAR* postcodes 1 – 2

(Note - EU students may only be eligible for this award if they are ordinarily resident in the UK and meet all the criteria)

* POLAR (Participation of Local Areas) is a HEFCE classification for the participation in higher education by young people by geographical area in the UK. It’s used to measure the widening participation performance of universities.

To check your POLAR ranking of your home postcode, please refer to the following website:

The award of £3,000 for eligible recipients will be paid as follows for eligible students in full-time attendance at the relevant payment points (December and March):

Where the recipient is living on campus, the bursary will be paid against their accommodation fees.

Cash payments will only apply where the recipient is not living on campus.

Applicable in the first year of study and for subsequent years where a student progresses normally on their programme, but excluding the Professional Training Year or repeat periods of study.

Care leavers

The University of Surrey offers a guaranteed minimum bursary of £1,000 on entry to qualifying students who have been in local authority care. Eligible students will be under 25 years of age and will have been in care for at least 13 weeks after the age of 14.

The £1,000 is not paid in addition to the Full Surrey Award.

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.


University of Surrey scholarships

Surrey Merit Scholarship

Our merit-based scholarship provides a £2,000 cash award and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study for eligible direct-entry Undergraduate students in the following subjects:

Electronic Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electronic Engineering

Electronic Engineering with Audiovisual Systems

Electronic Engineering with Communications

Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems

Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology

Electronic Engineering with Space Systems


Financial Mathematics


Mathematics with Music

Mathematics with Statistics

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Aerospace Engineering

Automotive Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Medical Engineering



The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

Eligibility criteria:

To qualify for the Surrey Merit Scholarship, students must achieve the following grades in one sitting:

  • A*AA at A-Level (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) or
  • 38 points in the International Baccalaureate or
  • Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in the BTEC QCF Extended Diploma or
  • AAAAA in Scottish Highers plus AA in Scottish Advanced Highers in relevant subjects or
  • A1A1A2A2A2A2 in Irish Highers or
  • D3, D3, D3 in the principle subjects in the Cambridge Pre-U

The scholarship is open to UK/EU students who achieve the required grades in the qualifications listed above only, no other equivalent qualification will be considered for UK/EU students.  International students with other overseas qualifications may be eligible - please contact the International Student Recruitment office at to enquire.

The scholarship is open to UK, EU and International students who select Surrey as their firm choice no later than 23 July 2016 and are paying the full £9,000 fees (UK/EU) or above (International students). International students who are being sponsored are not eligible. These scholarships are not available to students in receipt of another scholarship from the University. Note: If eligible, a student can also, however, hold a Full Surrey Award (means-tested bursary) in conjunction with this scholarship.

Payment of the award will be made in equal instalments direct to eligible students’ bank accounts in December and March following entry.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bursaries and Scholarships administrator at


Jim O'Neill Scholarship 2016

The Jim O’Neill Scholarship is now open to receive applications from Undergraduate students applying to study the following subjects in 2016:


Economics and Finance

Business Economics

Economics and Mathematics

Politics and Economics

The Jim O’Neil Scholarship provides £3,000 a year for three years and to be eligible you must meet the following criteria;

  • Achieve AAA at A level (or equivalent*) and elect Surrey as your first choice no later than 23 July 2016
  • Your family income should be £30,000 or below
  • You must be a UK or EU student and must be paying the full tuition fees

One scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis. The Scholarship will provide £3,000 a year for 3 years depending on maintaining a minimum level of 2.1 throughout your studies. 

The application deadline is the 2nd of September 2016. Applicants will be notified of the decision prior to the start of the academic year.

Students can receive the Jim O’Neill Scholarship in addition to a University Sports Scholarship as well as any other bursary, prize and award for which they are eligible, if successful. 

* The equivalent grades that we can accept for the Jim O’Neill scholarship are:

  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Irish Highers
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge Pre U

We will not be able to accept applications from students with any other qualifications.

To apply for the Jim O'Neill Scholarship please download the application form FileScholarship application Jim O'Neill 2016.docx and submit it to

For enquiries about the Jim O'Neill Scholarship please contact

Surrey Sports scholarships 2016

Our Sports Scholarships recognise exceptional achievement by high-calibre athletes and complement our state-of-the-art sports facilities at Surrey Sports Park.

High-performance athletes

The University of Surrey’s High-Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS) is designed to assist talented student athletes to fulfil their sporting potential whilst achieving academic excellence. We provide individually tailored, practical solutions and services to students that are specific to both their sport and academic situation.

HPASS benefits include: 

  • Free access to facilities at Surrey Sports Park
  • An individual strength and conditioning programme
  • Physiotherapy and sports massage
  • Physiological assessments and advice through the Surrey Human Performance Institute
  • Regular workshops including strength and conditioning, lifestyle and injury prevention
  • Nutritional analysis and sports psychology support
  • A dedicated performance manager 

Suitable HPASS applicants may also qualify for one of the sports scholarships, valued at £3,000. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive £2,000 of athlete services, along with a cash bursary of £1,000. Current sports scholars include GB marathon kayaker Jonny Tye and Surrey Storm netball player Amanda Davis.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

 Achieve the required academic entry standard for your chosen degree course

  • Continue to meet the academic standards of your course throughout your time at Surrey in order to remain on the scholarship programme
  • Be internationally recognised by at least one of the major British sporting organisations: British Universities and College Sports (BUCS), UK Sport and Sport England. If not, you must be on a National Governing Body (NGB) performance pathway programme

For further details on our Sports Scholarships please visit the Surrey Sports Park website.

Postgraduate study discounts for Surrey graduates

If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you will be eligible for a 10% discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is applicable to 2016 Postgraduate Taught entry students.

Students graduating in the summer of 2016 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII DUFE are eligible for this scheme.

Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme will be reviewed annually.

For eligible students the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2016/17 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the Admissions team, then the 10% discount (based on the full fee amount for 2016/17) is deducted from the remaining balance. This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October 2016, will reflect the actual balance due.

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Fees and Funding team at:


Royal Television Society Launches 2016 Bursary Programme




Press Release, London, 2 February 2016 The Royal Television Society (RTS) is investing a further £75,000 to support UK students as it launches its 2016 undergraduate bursary schemes.

The RTS is offering 20 bursaries to students studying Television Production and Broadcast Journalism courses at accredited universities.  A further five technology bursaries aimed at encouraging some of the most talented students to consider a career in television, are also available to students studying Computing and Engineering at some of the top courses at British universities.

Bursary recipients will receive £1,000 per year of their studies, as well as free membership of both the RTS and affiliate membership of The Hospital Club – a private members club for those in the creative industries – while studying and one year’s free membership of the RTS post-graduation. They will also have access to mentoring from RTS members.

All of the bursaries are aimed at students in less affluent circumstances and are about widening participation and skills in media and related industries.

Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, says: “The RTS is Britain's leading forum for television and related media and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television. The bursary scheme we launched in 2014, and extended in 2015, is key to our remit and something we are committed to. It is also a vital resource in helping to safeguard the future of the industry by providing financial support and mentoring to help talented individuals, whose skills might otherwise be lost, get into the industry.”

Graeme Thompson, Chair of the RTS Education Committee and Dean of Arts, Design and Media at University of Sunderland, adds: “Getting into the television industry can be hard. Since the bursaries launched in 2014 the response has been amazing and we have helped a number of talented individuals, who may not have been able to contemplate university education, make the first step. The support and mentoring students receive through the bursary programme is priceless so I'd strongly advise aspiring TV professionals planning to study related media and technology courses to look at the RTS scheme.”

Simon Pitts, Chair of the RTS Technology Bursaries and Managing Director, Online, Pay TV, Interactive and Technology, ITV,says: “Technology and broadcasting are inextricably linked. In order to future proof the industry we need to attract highly skilled computing and engineering graduates and make them aware of the opportunities the industry has to offer. Not only does the scheme help to achieve this but it provides invaluable support to graduates interested in a career in broadcast technology.”

 For details of the accredited courses eligible for the scheme, bursary guidance notes or to submit your application visit: The deadline for submitting applications is 8 June 2016.

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