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NI centenary scholarships to benefit 34 students


Brandon Lewis. Credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Brandon Lewis. Credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Brandon Lewis. Credit: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Up to 34 students at our two universities will benefit from scholarships and bursaries to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary, Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has announced.

The Centenary scholarships, backed by £60,000 in Government funding, are being made available to cover the living costs for students from backgrounds less likely to enter third level education.

Both Queen’s and Ulster Universities will receive £30,000 to award scholarships, the Government said.

They will help ease the financial burden for students from low income families and with limited financial resources.

The Community Scholarships will be awarded to students entering their first year at Ulster University in September 2022, with applications opening in April 2022.

The Student Opportunity Fund opens to students in late September.

Mr Lewis said: “This is levelling up in action, as the scheme is geared towards supporting students from backgrounds less likely to go to university.

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“Provided by two of the UK’s world-class universities, Queen’s University Belfast and the Ulster University, this is a great opportunity for students to access brilliant facilities and opportunities to build their future careers.”

Vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast Professor Ian Greer said: “This very welcome funding helps us open doors to third level education for students who otherwise may not get the chance.

“We will allocate the funding to students who qualify for our Widening Participation criteria, designed to support young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds as part of our desire to widen access to third level education.”

Professor Paul Bartholomew, vice-chancellor of Ulster University said: “At Ulster University we believe in creating access to education for everyone.

“This generous funding from the Northern Ireland Office will help students from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds to access the qualifications, experience and skills that will enable them to fulfil their potential.

Support like this truly helps to transform lives and we are delighted to work with the Northern Ireland Office to offer these scholarships.”

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