Sheffield University grants scholarships to 95 needy students

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A Sheffield University initiative has awarded scholarships to 95 disadvantaged students so they can take up postgraduate studies in the city.

Over 300 people applied for the £6 million scheme, which will pay out cash grants between £5,540 to £13,850.

Successful candidates included those from low income and care backgrounds, people with disabilities, those with caring responsibilities, mature students and under-represented groups such as women in engineering.

Professor Paul White, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “This offer has flagged up huge demand for postgraduate study and now we hope that the Government and employers will respond with action and funding.

“If these career opportunities are barred to students from less affluent backgrounds due to cost, it would be a tragedy for our country and a waste of the talent we need in society as a whole. We had the demand to award another £6 million.”

A consortium of six top universities – led by Sheffield – together offered over 400 places in a bid to widen access to taught postgraduate study and the professions.