The Paul Stephenson Bursary

Eligible for new applicants to the Faculty of Arts Creative Industries and Education.

About the bursary

The Paul Stephenson Bursary is an award of £1,000 a year for the first two years of study at UWE Bristol, designed to widen participation in higher education and help people to succeed in furthering their ambitions.

Five bursaries will be available to students from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds from the Bristol region.

Paul Stephenson, OBE, is a community worker, activist and long-time campaigner for civil rights for the British African Caribbean community. He lives in Bristol and in 1963 led a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company protesting against its refusal to employ Black or Asian drivers or conductors. After a 60 day boycott, the company revoked its colour bar ban.

In return for this money we ask students to complete a piece of project work around widening participation in higher education, using the skills they will be learning on their course.

Eligibility and how to apply

The scheme is designed for new undergraduate applicants to the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education.

Applicants must hold an offer for a course in the Faculty of Arts Creative Industries and Education and identify as being from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background. 

This is a highly competitive scheme, the number of applications far exceeds the number of awards made.

Applications for this year (Sept 2021) have now closed. The scheme will re-open in the autumn for new applicants for 2022.