University of Sussex introduces new scholarships for high fliers

The University of Sussex is launching a new £3,000 scholarship for undergraduate students starting in September 2014 who achieve three As in their A-levels.

The  Sussex Excellence Scholarship will give each eligible student £1,000 cash plus a £2,000 rent reduction in their first year.  

Professor Clare Mackie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), says: “Outstanding students make a valuable contribution to the academic culture and ethos of the University and they in turn will benefit from opportunities here to develop their potential.

“The introduction of merit-based awards ensures that we recognise and reward any prospective undergraduate student who achieves at the highest level, whether at A-level, IB or BTEC.”

The scheme, which is one of the new developments in the University’s strategic plan, is open to those applying for any undergraduate course at the University with the exception of those run by Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

The ambition of the scholarships is to help to build on  Sussex’s reputation as a leading research institution. The University is currently ranked among the world’s top 60 and UK’s top ten for research influence (Times Higher Education’s World University  Rankings 2014) and is proud to count three Nobel prize winners in its 50-year history.

Undergraduate applicants who accept Sussex as their firm choice for 2014 will automatically receive the scholarship if they go on to achieve:

  • at least AAA at A-level; or
  • three Distinction grades in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF); or
  • mixed BTEC and A-level combinations of equal ‘size’ to three A-levels / BTEC Extended Diploma (for example, at least a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) plus AA in two A-levels; or two Distinctions in BTEC Diploma (QCF) plus A in an A-level; or
  • 36 points overall in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Eligibility details and information about scholarships for Sussex students is available online.

The new scholarship is not available to those who also qualify for Sussex’s flagship First-Generation Scholarship, which provides financial support to Sussex students whose family income is less than £42,611 a year. The First-Generation Scholars scheme takes priority and provides equivalent benefits in the first year and additional benefits in subsequent years of study.

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By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Monday, 27 January 2014