Students who have applied for the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for the 2016/17 intake will be notified whether their application has been successful or not in the last week of March 2016.
The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship scheme is open to undergraduate students with exceptional musical, dramatic or sporting talent.
The scheme is open to students applying to any undergraduate course at the University (although, as the scheme is designed to attract students with exceptional abilities outside their normal field of study, a Music student would not be eligible for a music scholarship nor a Drama student for a drama scholarship).
Historically, scholarships in Music and Drama have been valued at £3,000. Scholarships in Sport have been valued at £1,500. No more than 20 scholarships are usually awarded within an academic year. This will be confirmed in due course.
Students applying for a single or joint honours Music degree will not be eligible for a Music scholarship and students applying for a single or joint honours Drama degree will not be eligible for a Drama scholarship.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate outstanding artistic, creative or sporting potential. Awards will be made on a competitive basis but applicants will normally be expected to satisfy the following minimum criteria:
- Music/vocal awards: A minimum of Grade VIII in examinations offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (or equivalent). Those students short listed for a scholarship will be required to attend an audition in Bristol at the end of February or beginning of March 2016. Full details will be sent to short listed students during the first two weeks in February. Any students invited to audition, who are not able to attend on the advertised date, will not be considered for a scholarship. Travel Bursaries to attend the audition are available for home (UK) students from lower income families (normally those with household incomes of £42,620 or less).
- Drama awards: Evidence of sustained extra-curricular engagement with theatre and/or filmmaking, along with distinguished achievement in relevant school subjects (eg theatre studies, film studies or other arts/humanities subjects).
- Sporting awards: Successful applicants will have had considerable success at representative level. It would be unusual for an award to be given to a student who had not had International honours, at least at Junior level. Although a student might apply for other scholarships, such as the government funded Talented Athlete Sports Scheme awards, the holder of a Vice-Chancellor’s award must not hold other funded sporting grants.
- The student shall apply through UCAS for admission to any undergraduate course at the University of Bristol by 15 January in the year of admission.
- The student must submit a separate Scholarship application directly to the Admissions Department by the 15 January in the year of admission.
- The student must firmly accept an academic offer a place on any undergraduate course at the University of Bristol by 1 September in the year of entry. If the offer is conditional, the student will need to fulfil the terms of his/her offer and have their place confirmed by 1 September in the year of entry.
- Successful applicants will be expected to: Successfully audition for the University's Symphony or Chamber orchestras, or University Singers or Chamber Choir (keyboard players would participate in chamber ensemble playing, approved by the Music Department); or contribute substantially to the output of the University of Bristol Union (UBU) DRAMSOC or Music Theatre Bristol societies; or become a member of the Performance Squad, part of the University Performance programme.
Applications for the Vice Chancellor’s scholarships in Sport are managed through the Performance Squad application. Further details, including a link to the application form can be found on the Performance Squad webpage on the Sport, Exercise and Health website.
Music or Drama Applications
Please download and complete the 16/17 vc application form (PDF, 107kB).
Value of award
Up to 20 awards are normally available each year, valued at £1,500 per year in sport and £3000 in music and drama. Confirmation of these amounts will be updated shortly.
The scholarships will be awarded in the first instance for a period of one year. They are renewable, provided that the above conditions are met and the student passes their examinations and progresses through to the next year of study on their chosen course.
Condition of award
Successful applicants will be expected to put Bristol as their firm choice in the first instance, and with regards to their scholarship offer, either:
- Successfully audition for the University's Symphony or Chamber orchestras, or University Singers or Chamber Choir (keyboard players would participate in Chamber ensemble playing, approved by the Music Department) and participate in other musical opportunities offered from time to time by the Department of Music.
- Contribute substantially to the output of the University of Bristol Union (UBU) DRAMSOC, Spotlights, or Music Theatre Bristol societies
- Become a member of the Performance Sports Squad.
- Department of Music
Professor Katharine Ellis, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)117 331 4041.
- Department of Drama: Film, Music, Television
Dr EK Rycroft, email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)117 331 5282.
- Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health
Mr Matt Paine, email Matt.Paine@bristol.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)117 331 1117.
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