Undergraduate scholarships for Black British students

Following the decision to change name of the Business School, a promise of changing more than a name has been made in response to the different stakeholder perspectives on the name change.

Among the actions approved by the School Executive Committee, of primary importance is addressing underrepresentation in the School.  We will shortly launch a scholarship programme for Black UK-domiciled undergraduate students. This programme will run over a ten-year period from 2022, and offer ten scholarships per year, covering tuition fee (at home-fee level) and a £6,000 annual stipend for three years.

The aim of the scholarship programme is to achieve greater racial diversity in the School. The total cost of the programme is approximately £5 million in total, which represents the amount of money that the School received from the Cass Foundation (now renamed the Portal Trust) in 2001.

The programme is therefore aligned with the reparation principle set out as one recommendation of City University’s Review of Historic Funding which was undertaken in 2020. This is an initiative that also responds to our different stakeholders, who have consistently expressed their belief that the money should be returned to the Foundation. Furthermore, the scholarships underline the School’s commitment to responsible management education, and its role as a UN PRME Champion.

About the scholarships

  • To be eligible to a scholarship an applicant must hold an offer to study at the School and qualify for the home-student fee.
  • In line with the reparation principle, applicants must be of Black ethnicity (Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed-White and Black Caribbean; Mixed-White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).
  • Applications will only be considered if all eligibility criteria are fulfilled, and the process will be broadly in line with the adopted for other undergraduate scholarships at Bayes Business School.
  • An online application form will be available that will include personal data as on the UCAS application form , a statement on how the candidate will benefit from the scholarship and a consent of access to the information provided to the Student Finance on household income.
  • The application, together with the information provided to UCAS and Student Finance, will enable selection for an interview with the selection panel. The interview will complement the application assessment process, by enabling a more comprehensive evaluation of the benefits of the scholarship to the candidate, as well as any support that may be required.

Further details on the Scholarship programme, including how to apply, will be available soon. Applications will open in September 2021 .