Landmark for bursary scheme

A scheme offering vital support to students who might otherwise miss out on university has passed a key milestone.

Natalie Gibb speaking at the ceremony in the Playfair Library

The Access Bursary Scheme has now helped more than 1000 students who, for financial reasons, might have been unable to take up their place at Edinburgh.


The latest group of students to benefit from the 10-year-old scheme attended a ceremony in the University’s historic Playfair Library.

This year, the University awarded its highest annual number of undergraduate bursaries through the scheme with 182 students receiving awards.

The University’s Vice-Principal for Research Training and Community Relations, Professor Mary Bownes, congratulated the new bursary recipients at the reception.

She said: “This evening is an opportunity for the University to congratulate you on your determination, and your success, in overcoming factors which may have prevented you from taking up a place at Edinburgh.

“The number of bursaries that we have been able to offer has continually risen thanks to the involvement and generosity of individuals, companies, and funding from the University itself.”


The students heard an inspirational speech by a current bursary recipient, third year law student Natalie Gibb, who said:

"For everyone in receipt of a bursary, it provides the opportunity to go to university, the opportunity to realise your potential and hopefully make a better life for yourself and, perhaps one day, to be able to pay back into the bursary scheme."

Increasing scholarships and bursaries

Increasing the number of scholarships and bursaries is a priority for the University’s £350m fundraising campaign.

At the ceremony, Young Dawkins, Vice-Principal of Development, paid tribute to the many supporters of the Scholarships and Bursaries Appeal.

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