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Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursaries - School of Arts and Humanities

Thanks to the generosity of the Ellis family and Excel Computer Holdings Ltd, we are pleased to be able to offer the Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursary in memory of Dr Pauline Polkey, a valued and inspirational lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at NTU. The award will support talented students with exceptional academic potential who need help with meeting the costs of studying at university.

These prestigious awards are open to applications from students who will be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate course in the 2022/23 academic year within the School of Arts and Humanities (students may be enrolled on any year of an eligible course).

This scholarship scheme is competitive, and we award scholarships to the applicants who most closely meet or exceed the criteria for the award. The scholarship decision is made by an awarding committee and all decisions of that awarding committee are final.

Each award is worth up to £1,000. The scholarship will be paid as a cash bursary at the start of the academic year.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • be studying an undergraduate course within the School of Arts & Humanities
  • have United Kingdom as country of nationality recorded on the course application, and
  • be classed as a Home student for tuition fee purposes.

Preference may be given to female applicants and those living in disadvantaged areas, including those with low participation in HE, as defined by POLAR data.

Deadlines for applying

Applications received after 16:00 GMT (4pm) on the day of the deadline will not be considered.

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Course start date

Deadline for scholarship application

September 2022

01 June 2022 at 4 pm (final deadline)

Terms and conditions for the Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursary

  1. To be eligible to apply for the Dr Pauline Polkey Undergraduate Bursary, applicants must:
    • have been offered a place on an eligible Arts & Humanities undergraduate course
    • have United Kingdom as country of nationality recorded on the course application, and
    • be classed as a Home student for tuition fee purposes.
  2. Applicants are eligible to apply for a scholarship if they are due to enrol on the first, second or third year of a course starting in September 2022. You can reapply for the scholarship once for each academic year of your course.
  3. If applying for the first year of an eligible course, please do not send your scholarship application before or with your application to study at NTU. You must have received an offer of a place on an eligible course and been allocated an NTU ID number before submitting your scholarship application.
  4. This scholarship is open to UK national applicants only. Please visit for information on scholarships available for international students.
  5. Students who receive sponsorship (i.e. some or all of your tuition fees are being paid for) from their employers, government or a funding body are not eligible to apply for this scholarship award.
  6. Applications received after 16:00 GMT (4pm) on the deadline date will not be considered.
  7. This application form is for eligible undergraduate courses only. Please do not use this form to apply for postgraduate scholarships or research funding.
  8. If you have been made an offer of a place to study on an eligible full-time course, scholarships of up to £1,000 are available. This scholarship is not available for students on sandwich courses.
  9. The scholarship will be awarded as a cash bursary, which will be paid at the start of the academic year.
  10. If you have been awarded any other scholarship, bursary and / or fee reduction from NTU in addition to this scholarship, the maximum amount awarded will not exceed half the tuition fee, with the exception of candidates who are awarded a full-fee scholarship or Sport Scholarship.
  11. The scholarship is not transferable and will not be awarded if you choose to defer your entry to a different start date, or if you choose to transfer to a different course at NTU. Students may re-apply for the scholarship should it still be available.
  12. Changes to course route (FT/PT/SW) on the same course do not impact the scholarship awarded
  13. Applicants will be informed whether they have (or have not) been awarded a scholarship (and of the value of the scholarship award they have been awarded) within four weeks of the application deadline date.
  14. The scholarship will be awarded when an applicant accepts their scholarship offer, accepts and meets the conditions of their course offer, and is eligible to enrol on the course. If you do not formally accept the scholarship within the deadline when requested, then NTU reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and award to another candidate.
  15. Scholarships are competitive, and selection is based on the information provided on the scholarship application form. It is, therefore, of great importance that you give your scholarship statement careful thought and preparation, and that you refer to the criteria provided on the application form.
  16. If your scholarship application is successful, we may ask you to become a student ambassador, or appear in online and / or printed marketing materials for NTU, such as the Alumni Magazine. For example, providing a student profile, quote, case study and photograph which may be used to promote NTU and NTU’s scholarship schemes and courses. Your name and course will be printed in the annual Donor Report. If you do not wish for us to use your data in this manner, please notify us as soon as possible by emailing
  17. As a recipient of a donor-funded scholarship, you are expected to be involved in the following activities to assist the University in thanking donors for their donation and to demonstrate the impact that donor-funded awards have on students and NTU:
  • Write a thank you letter to your donor which introduces yourself (providing your name and subject of study);
  • Write an end of year report which will be shared with your donor to explain the impact that the scholarship has had on your studies and your university life – within the report you will be expected to provide your name and subject of study;
  • Attend an introduction event during your studies at NTU, where you will:
  • Meet other scholarship winners and members of NTU staff;
  • Get advice on how to write your thank you letter and end of year report.
  • Attend other University events, from time to time, to meet and thank donors.
  1. In the event that a student who has been awarded a scholarship fails to complete the academic year, suspends their studies or withdraws from the course and chooses to retake the course or undertake another eligible course then the scholarship will not be applied again, regardless of the reason for doing so. Students must re-apply for the scholarship should it still be on offer.
  2. If a student is required to repeat an academic year of study (either in full or in part), the scholarship will be not be applied again.
  3. Students are obliged to inform NTU immediately of any change in their circumstances, which may affect their entitlement to receive the scholarship. In the event of failure by a student to notify NTU promptly of any such changes, NTU will be entitled to recover any payments made or adjust (as appropriate) the scholarship amount.
  4. If a student makes a false or materially incorrect declaration that resulted in NTU awarding them a scholarship/bursary, then the scholarship will be cancelled, and no payments will be made. Depending on circumstance, NTU may attempt to recover some or all of any payments already made.
  5. NTU’s decision in all matters relating to the scholarship is final.

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