Bursaries and scholarships
We want to attract the best students and to give opportunities to those for whom a university education might feel out of reach, financially or otherwise, to come to Roehampton. A number of individuals and organisations help us fund the student experience through scholarships and bursaries and we are grateful for their continued support.
The University has established the 175 Fund to support today’s students with progression bursaries and other initiatives to support them through to graduation and beyond. This Fund will continue the ethos of our four founding Colleges, which aims to support all our students, whatever their background, to reach their potential.
Case study: Digby Stuart College music scholar Louise Riley
Louise graduated in 2015 with a degree in English Literature with Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and received a £400 a term music scholarship. She worked with music director Dr Gulliver Ralston and has represented the University performing at many important events and recitals.
"The scholarship has allowed me to gain experience in the field I want to work in and help me become more professional. I’ve also been able to save and not have to worry financially about what I can do in the future with regards to my career, such as taking part in courses at the National Opera Studio and paying for singing lessons with my current teacher. It’s really added to my student experience. At the moment, I’m working hard to gain experience in the arts and meet people who can give me good advice about the professional music world. Once I graduate I’d love to work within the classical music industry, perhaps organising events and festivals or working with artists."
Student facilities across campus
The chapel in Digby Stuart College is about to take on a new stage in its development as we transform the building to provide a dual purpose facility – a space for worship and a state of the art lecture theatre. In collaboration with the Society of the Sacred Heart the university has started to draw up exciting plans that will retain the integrity that a consecrated building demands whilst also providing teaching space in the main body of the chapel.
The lecture theatre will be able to seat 400 students while maintaining a fully accessible worship space in the sanctuary of the chapel, seating around 60 in the congregation. The sanctuary will continue to celebrate the traditions of the SSH and will retain the organ and views connecting the smaller St Thomas and Sacred Heart chapels.
The sisters from the Society of the Sacred Heart gave this decision their blessing as we celebrate the growing interest to study at the university and the ongoing commitment from the society to see human flourishing through opportunities in education. The Digby Stuart chapel community has a committed group of students, staff and sisters of the Sacred Heart who welcome a refreshed and more intimate space that the sanctuary will provide
To find out more and how you can support this project please contact Eleanor Merrick, Director of Alumni, Development and Careers firstname.lastname@example.org.
There has been a strong sporting identity with Roehampton stretching back to its collegiate foundations where sport was seen as a vital part of the curriculum and holistic development of the individual. More recently, we have seen a steady increase in student participation and significant growth in number of new clubs and activities.
There is a good community outreach programme and established, long-term partnerships with key sporting bodies which support delivery, e.g. Sport England, the Professional Football Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, Chelsea and Fulham Football Clubs. We aim to develop new facilities on and off campus to strengthen the contribution of sport and physical activity to the Roehampton student experience.