University Bursaries - One Degree More

University Bursaries are available to young people from Wiltshire and Swindon who are under 25 and are about to start or are currently enrolled on an Undergraduate Degree course at a UK university. The bursary is £1,500 per annum – with the possibility of an extra £500 for certain course and/or situations. Once awarded, the bursary is given for each year of the degree so long as circumstances remain the same

University Bursaries are available to those who have lived within Wiltshire County or Swindon Borough for the past 2 years and are made through various funds, including the Gordon Lake Fund, the Shuker Fund, the William 'Doc 'Couch Fund and the Wiltshire Education Fund. Bursaries are awarded as a contribution to general living expenses, travel costs, books and course costs whilst at university.


  • Be resident for at least two years* in Wiltshire or Swindon AND
  • Be in receipt of means-tested benefits or parents, carers or guardians be in receipt of means-tested benefits AND
  • Be aged between 17 – 24 years at the time of the application AND
  • Have or will take up any Student Loans available AND
  • Be applying for support for First Degree/Undergraduate Degree (including an integrated masters course)

* We will consider applications if you have lived here less than 2 years, but it does depend on circumstances. Complete the Expression of Interest and we will be in touch to clarify

Use of Bursary

  • Bursaries can only be used to support higher education needs.
  • Bursaries are awarded as a contribution to general living expenses, travel costs, books and course costs whilst at university

You will be requested to complete monitoring covering bursary expenditure and progression on your course.

The bursaries cannot be used for

  • Postgraduate – Masters / PHD courses
  • Money that has already been spent
  • The promotion of party political or religious causes
  • Equipment or expenses which should be provided by someone else
  • Sponsorship costs

If you want to start the application process for a University Bursary, please complete the Expression of Interest below.  On completion of the Expression of Interest - if you are eligible - you will be sent an Application Pack with details of deadline dates. The final decisions are made in July. An interview is part of the process.

Please note - University Bursary Applications for 2017 university entry are now closed. Expressions of interest for 2018 entry will open in January 2018

For more information and advice please contact Jonathan Whithead-Whiting on 01380 729284.