Key information

  • Value
    £1,000 - £3,000
  • Study Level

About this opportunity

At Ulster University, we understand that lack of finance may be the only reason that many young people with potential do not progress to university.

In order to address this inequality, we believe that we need to support more young people on their University journey to ensure that they graduate with the qualifications, experiences and skills that will secure a better future.

The University has therefore been working to raise funds to provide financial scholarships to a number of students entering their first year at Ulster University.

In September 2022, we are able to support 41 students with a scholarship between £1,000 - £3,000 a year for each year of their degree (placement year excluded). 15 of these scholarships (£1,000 pa) are ringfenced for students who are care experienced.

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How to Apply

Calls for applications will go out in January 2023 for entry to the AY23-24 academic year

Eligibility criteria

The Ulster University Community Scholarships application process is open to individuals who are currently in final year of an acceptable Level 3 qualification such as A-Levels, BTEC, HND or equivalent at an NI educational institution and who also have a permanent home address in Northern Ireland.

Non-care experienced applicants must

  • Be in receipt of an offer from Ulster University and have confirmed Ulster as your first choice
  • Be first in family to undertake an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the UK, Ireland or abroad. However, if a parent is currently studying for their first degree or has graduated within the last 5 years, the application will still be considered

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria

  • Be currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and/or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Be the main carer for a family member or dependant
  • Be care experienced
  • Be in receipt of disability living allowance/personal independence payments.
  • Permanently reside in an area of high deprivation/low participation.

Care experienced applicants must

  • Be care experienced
  • Be in receipt of an offer from Ulster University and have confirmed Ulster as your first choice

Should we need to shortlist further, we will take into account the following

  • Be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments
  • Be currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) and/or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Permanently reside in an area of high deprivation/low participation

Definition of carer

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care to a family member who could not cope without their support.

This may be due to illness, disability, a mental health issue, or substance misuse.

Or who is the sole carer/provider for dependent children.

Definition of care experienced

Experience of being placed in care (fostering/adopted/care home or other supported residential care).

This includes individuals who have lived in public care or as a looked-after child, including placements with foster carers under local authority care or kinship care, in a residential children's home, or who have been adopted after being in care.

Definition of deprivation rank

Applications will be ranked according to deprivation rank.

High deprivation is indicated with a score of 356 or less.

Applicants can check eligibility using the NISRA postcode checker.


There are a number of benefits to receiving an Ulster University Community Scholarship. Successful students will:

  • Receive a £1,000 - £3,000 scholarship to alleviate the financial burdens of undertaking a degree.
  • Be given the opportunity to take part in a bespoke information session to introduce you to life as a student at Ulster University and what to expect – from accommodation and student finance, well-being, budgeting and what student life looks like including clubs & societies, socialising and finding the balance of it all.
  • Be offered a bridging course (where appropriate) to introduce to your course and the course expectations as well as get to know some of your lecturers and staff at Ulster University.
  • Meet other students from across Northern Ireland and take part in workshops designed to support you.
  • Be offered mentoring support from students within your degree programme eg via the Studiosity Student Connect Peer Mentoring Service and/or Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Programme.
  • Be offered support from the Studiosity Writing Service.
  • Receive dedicated ongoing support with the transition to Higher Education.
  • Be given guidance on securing a placement.

You may also be eligible to apply for a laptop to help with your studies – further details will be sent to you.

How scholarships have helped our students in the past

“Having entered the care system as a teenager, I was determined that education would transform my life, despite little encouragement to study.

Receiving this scholarship allowed me to reduce my working hours and pay for childcare which enabled me to spend extra time on my studies and achieve the best degree possible.

Against the odds, I have been able to transform my life and give my children a better future. It simply would not have been possible without the scholarship I received.”

Victoria Burns

First Class BSc Psychology 2020; current MSc in Psychology student

Information for parents

To find out more about student life at UU and how your child will be supported you can read more about our undergraduate degrees.


The Ulster University Community Scholarships were established to celebrate the opening of our new city centre campus, recognising the impact of the new campus and the opportunities it presents to our local community.

They are open to students applying to Ulster University and residing in the postcodes stated.

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