Services for Students

Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursaries

Guidance Notes 2021-22

Trustees of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal donated money to a number of Universities, including The University of Nottingham, in order for undergraduate bursaries to be awarded to students normally resident in the locality of the University. The University awards a small number of bursaries of around £500* from the fund to students experiencing financial difficulties whilst studying at Nottingham.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary students must:

  • Have Home** funding status (see definition below)
  • Be registered and attending the final year of a full time undergraduate course at The University of Nottingham in the UK in 2021/22.
  • Have been resident in Nottinghamshire for at least 2 years immediately prior to the start of their undergraduate course.
  • Have requested (if eligible) their full Student Loan entitlement for the current year.
  • Have successfully applied to The Student Hardship Fund in the 2021/22.

Additional Considerations

As the number of bursaries is limited the University attempts to target those students in most need.  Applications are assessed under a procedure agreed by the Financial Support Funds Committee of the University that includes Student Union representation.  Priority will be given to students for whom several of the following apply:

  • the student has unavoidable additional expenses (e.g. costs in relation to a disability or chronic medical condition, costs in relation to dependants)
  • the student is a mature student, i.e. was aged 21 years plus at the start of their undergraduate course
  • the student was 60 years plus at the start of their undergraduate course and has therefore been unable to obtain a Student Loan
  • the student is on a course of 4 (or more) years duration 
  • the student has not received financial support through any other bursary or scholarship scheme (e.g. Core Bursary, Potential Bursary).

*amount may vary depending on tax and Gift Aid regulations.

** A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance. 

Application Process

Completed application forms must be received by the closing date of Friday 29th April 2022.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in writing within 4 weeks of the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the application process for the Hillsborough Trust Memorial Bursary please contact

How to appeal

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application you should initially contact the Funding & Financial Support team to discuss your concerns (see contact details below).

If after an explanation of the assessment you believe there has been an error or a procedural inconsistency and you wish to appeal you should email the Funding Manager detailing the basis of your appeal.  Please send your email to and copy in

Appeals must be lodged within 2 weeks of the date of the email notifying you of the initial outcome.

You will be contacted within 7 working day of receipt of the appeal with confirmation of the outcome of the appeal. Please note that the Funding & Financial Support Management’s decision is final.

Details about the Funding & Financial Support appeal process can be requested from the team at any point and this does not affect your right to raise an official complaint.  Further details can also be found at:

Contact Details

Tel:        0115 823 2071



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