Sir Michael and Lady Morven Heller Bursary

The Sir Michael and Lady Morven Heller Bursary is an award of between £500 and £2,000 intended to financially help you do something you are passionate about that is completely outside of your area of academic study

Please note this scholarship is subject to the Bursary Guidelines.


To be considered for the Sir Michael & Lady Morven Heller Bursary you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a UK or 'home' status student
  • You must be in Year 2 of an undergraduate full time or part time course

The bursary is only open to second year students and you may only receive the award once.

Previously funded projects have included:

  • A student who set up a social enterprise to protect tropical fish inspired by his passion for scuba diving
  • A student who bought equipment to set up his own gin distilling business
  • A student who wanted to complete a training course to teach her archery skills to others
  • A student who wanted to improve her German language skills after a long-standing interest in the country and culture of Germany
  • A student who purchased bee-keeping equipment to make her own honey
  • A student who purchased a pottery wheel to create a home ceramics studio

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions around travel, the decision has been made that international travel will NOT be funded this year. Applications for funding to travel internationally, or for backpacking trips, volunteer opportunities or experiences such as camp America will not be considered.

How to apply

Applications for 2020/21 closed at 23:59 on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Applications are now closed

To be considered you must complete the online application form, stating how much you are asking for (between £500 and £2,000) along with a breakdown of your costings and a written statement of up to 500 words explaining why you should receive the award.

Projects can only be funded for one year and funding must be spent by the end of the 2021/22 academic year. The bursary cannot be used to reimburse activity that has already taken place.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be asked to submit a short video to present your idea. If you are awarded a bursary you may be invited to visit the donors on a day trip to London at the end of the academic year where you will be asked to feedback on your experiences. You will also be asked to report on your progress throughout the year.

If you are successful, money will be paid directly into your bank account in monthly instalments to be agreed at point of award, and receipts must be shown after the award has been spent. If you fail to show adequate proof of spend you may be asked to return some, or all, of the award to the University. If you have any questions please contact the Development and Alumni Team at