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Stephen Lawrence Professional Scholarship

In conjunction with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust we are offering the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Professional Scholarship programme to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at DMU.

There are three scholarships available, one for a student from each course. Each scholarship provides 50% off the cost of tuition fees and a £3,500 cash bursary each academic year.

The scholarships will be available to students wanting to study:

  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Architecture


Eligibility criteria

To be considered for one of the scholarships you must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You must be regarded as a home/UK status student for tuition fees by DMU and Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW), Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) or Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

  2. You must be enrolled on in Year 1 of one the following full-time courses for which the full tuition fees are being charged to you (£9,250 for 17/18 starters): BA (Hons) Architecture; BA (Hons) Journalism; or LLB (Hons) Law level

  3. Your household income must be £25,000 or below based on your SFE funding application

  4. Your SFE student funding application must be approved by Friday 24 November 2017 in order for us to assess your eligibility for the award and it must be visible to DMU in the Student Loans Company portal

  5. Your tuition fees are not being paid by a sponsor or professional body

  6. You haven't previously studied at higher education level

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship complete the application form and return to

The deadline for applications has now been extended to 5pm on Friday 24 November 2017. Any applications received after this point will not be considered.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust encourages applications from Black Minority and Ethnic Groups and those from disadvantaged, marginalised and low-income backgrounds to apply for this scholarship. 

If you have any further queries please contact the Student Finance and Welfare team: 

T: 0116 257 7595 (please select option three, followed by option two)

About the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The Trust was founded by Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence, now Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, who became Chancellor of DMU in January 2016.

Initially, the Trust helped disadvantaged students into careers in architecture – the profession which Stephen wanted to enter. Since then, it has been expanded into other professions including law and journalism.

Baroness Lawrence said: “Since becoming Chancellor of DMU I have been impressed with its commitment to diversity and to nurturing and supporting its talented students to succeed. By providing gifted young people at the beginning of their career with a scholarship, we will establish a rich talent pool and help increase diversity and achievement, supporting ambitious students to be the best they can be." 

Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of DMU, said: “As a university committed to the public good, we support wholeheartedly the mission of Stephen’s family to support and inspire young people who may not otherwise go to university or achieve ambitious careers or professions because of disadvantage, discrimination or lack of opportunities.”

Terms and conditions

  1. Your student funding record must be in a position for the scholarship allocation to be made and paid, as the bursary element of the scholarship is normally paid directly into a student's bank account by the SLC on behalf of DMU. This means that the following criteria must have been met: 

    a) Your completed SFE/SLC funding application must have been assessed and finalised by SFE (no income related awards will be awarded on provisional financial assessments)
    b) You must have signed and returned your student declaration form to the SLC
    c) Your SFE record must be available to DMU. Therefore you must have given SFE permission* for your information to be shared with the university
    d) You must ensure that your parents/sponsors have given SFE their permission for their information to be shared with DMU. Permission/consent from you and/or your parents can be given by calling SFE on 0300 100 0621
    e) The data held on your SFE record must meet the award eligibility criteria.
    f) Once deemed eligible for the award, if your SFE record is not in a position for allocation and/or payment to be made, your payment will be delayed or not made at all

  2. The bursary element of the scholarship will be paid in instalments in line with DMU’s standard bursary and scholarship payment schedule.

  3. Students must be enrolled on and attending an eligible course when the payments are made. Students who transfer to a non-eligible course will cease to be eligible for the scholarship and payments will be prorated up to the point of eligibility.

  4. You must achieve at least a 60 per cent average mark at the end of each year of your studies to continue to the scholarship in the following year (except placement years).

  5. Any scholarship/bursary payments made by DMU/SLC after a student has interrupted their studies or withdrawn from the university will normally be recovered from the student.

  6. Any bursary or scholarship payment made by DMU/SLC in error or paid as a result of false information submitted will normally be recovered from the student.

  7. Scholarships are not normally paid during repeat years of study.

  8. If a payment is not received, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Student Finance and Welfare team at DMU so that the non-payment can be investigated. The deadline for the payment of scholarships is the end of the summer term. For the 2017/18 academic year this will be Friday 15 June 2018. No further awards will be made after this date. Please note: do NOT leave any queries about non-payment until the deadline, as it may take time to investigate and resolve your query.

  9. Payments are triggered via DMU returning a positive registration and attendance confirmations at the relevant points. This process is carried out automatically on your behalf. Students whose SFE record is not in a position to have their attendance confirmed will experience a delay in payment.

DMU reserves the right to revise or amend these eligibility criteria and terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. The information provided above must be used in conjunction with award specific information on our scholarships and bursaries.

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