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Gold Scholarship Programme

The Gold Scholarship Programme is offered to Home UK undergraduates

About the Gold Scholarship Programme

Learn more about the Gold Scholarship Programme.

As a result of the new Access and Participation Plan, from 2024 onwards, we are broadening the Gold Scholarship Programme to Home UK1 undergraduate students with a household income assessment2 of £30,000 or below.

Eligible students must also meet a contextual criterion3 to be considered.

Up to 50 students a year will be given the opportunity to take part in this exciting scholarship programme.

Alongside financial support, the Gold Scholarship Programme provides a range of activities to help you make the most of your Bath experience and develop your career aspirations, including:

  • 50 hours of volunteering, fundraising or outreach a year
  • optional mentoring
  • personal development, networking and skills training sessions[4]
  • support with placements and internships
  • pastoral support networks

The payment structure will be as follows:

  • First year on campus - £5,000 total comprised of: £3,250 cash, £750 accommodation reduction, £1,000 campus food and drink credit
  • Continuing student studying in Bath all year - £5,000 total comprised of: £4,000 cash, £1,000 campus food and drink credit
  • Placement student thin paid placement - £2,500 total comprised of: £2000 cash, £500 campus credit
  • Placement student thin unpaid placement - £5,000 total comprised of: £4,500 cash and £500 campus credit
  • Placement student thick unpaid placement - £5,000 total comprised of: £5,000 cash

Gold scholars who are on an unpaid placement period will also be entitled to the Placement Bursary which is additional to their Gold Scholarship placement funding.

We are in the process of updating our webpages, so please keep an eye out for the full details which will be released by the end of February 2024.

If you are a current Gold Scholar please refer to the Gold Scholarship Programme Terms and Conditions for your year of entry.

Find out about being a scholar from our student bloggers.

Scholar stories

Watch current Gold Scholars talking about the Gold Scholarship and discover what it's like to be a scholarship recipient at Bath.

Payment details for current Gold Scholars

The payment schedule for current Gold Scholars

The remaining payment dates for the 2023/4 academic year are:

  • 14 February 2024
  • 24 April 2024

Payments in future years will follow a similar payment pattern of three equal instalments in December, February & April.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for the Gold Scholarship Programme.

Application Timeline

  • All offer-holders for 2024 entry will receive information about our funding schemes within their offer letters
  • May onwards: Firm and insurance offer-holders for 2024 entry will be emailed information on how to apply
  • 2nd September 2024: Applications close for the Gold Scholarship Programme
  • Mid-September: Notification of Gold Scholarship award outcomes will be emailed

Application Process

New first-year undergraduates who are due to start studies in 2024 will be invited to apply for the Gold Scholarship Programme through the University of Bath Application Tracker. You will be required to answer 3 supporting questions, all with a word count of 250 words. You will be invited, by email, to do this from mid-May 2024, if you have made us your Firm or Insurance choice via UCAS.

These awards are discretionary, so even if you meet the criteria you are not guaranteed one. Some awards may be linked to specific faculties, departments or courses of study.

You can apply for both the Gold Scholarship and a Bath Bursary, but you will only receive one award if successful.

The consent option to share your household income with the University will be automatically ticked within your SLC application. Please ensure that neither you nor your parent/guardian unticks this, otherwise the University will be unable to assess your funding eligibility.

The University is grateful to our alumni and individual donors who support these awards.

Other funding opportunities

Find out about other funding opportunities.

Photo of Ciara Sherlock looking at the camera
‘We attend networking events with staff, alumni, and people from industry. They give you the techniques to build your own network.’
Ciara Sherlock Gold Scholar, BSc (Hons) Management (2024)

Contact us

Contact Scholarships & Bursaries for more information.

  1. Eligible UK students are those assessed as eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans, as determined by Student Finance England, or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency, and have a Home fees status as determined by the University. When applying for the maintenance loan, you should request for it to be based on your household income, and for permission to be given by the person whose income is being assessed.  

  2. You need to request a household income assessment to be completed by your student loans awarding agency, even if you are not planning on taking out a maintenance loan. Find out more about applying for household income assessments.  

  3. As defined by our Admissions Team, contextual data includes Free School Meal (FSM) eligibility, Indices of Multiple Deprivation, Estranged students, Young Carer responsibilities, Care Leavers and Refugees.