Bursary awards hit record high

A record number of bursaries will be awarded to undergraduate students from low income households in the current academic year.

The University will award more than £8.5m through the bursaries - its highest total to date.

The record package has been approved by the University’s governing body - the University Court - which has decided that Edinburgh should continue to offer one of the most generous bursary packages in the UK.

Widening participation

The University has carried out research that demonstrates the impact of its bursaries on widening participation, alongside its successful outreach work and pioneering approach to admissions.

Its analysis found that bursaries increased recruitment of students from low income households and socio-economically disadvantaged areas.

They also made students less likely to drop out, with 92 per cent of Scottish students in receipt of a bursary continuing their studies after their first year.

Postgraduate awards

Edinburgh has also launched 20 new UK Masters Access Awards for 2016 entry.

These build on the University’s successful undergraduate bursary schemes and extend the University’s commitment to students who came to Edinburgh as undergraduates from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

These awards for postgraduate students - each worth £10,000 - are available to support new or recent Edinburgh graduates who have taken part in a widening participation programme, been in care before entering University or have received an undergraduate bursary.