Sir Michael and Lady Morven Heller Bursary

The Sir Michael and Lady Morven Heller Bursary is an award of between £500 and £2000 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 went to Japan to take part in international aikido training* 

Please note: international travel will only be funded on very rare occasions, where the equivalent benefit for the activity cannot be gained in the UK and the location for travel has a unique link to your particular area of interest or activity. Applications for funding to travel for backpacking trips, volunteer opportunities or experiences such as camp America will not be considered.

How to apply

Applications for 2019/20 will open in Semester 2. The closing date is Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 23:00. Interviews will be held on 28th April 2020.

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To be considered you must complete the online application form above, stating how much you are asking for (between £500 and £2000) 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 2020/21 academic year.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be asked to present your idea in the form of a 10 minute presentation. If you are awarded a bursary you will 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