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The Witty Entrepreneurial Scholarship 


Sir Andrew Witty, former Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, and his family have generously established this major new scholarship programme for undergraduate students entering the University from 2017. Sir Andrew graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1985 with a joint Honours BA in Economics and was the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline from 2008

Their generous gift has established an innovative programme of undergraduate scholarships for promising student entrepreneurs from lower-income backgrounds. 

Apply now - Applications will close on Thursday 12th May 2022

What is the Witty Entrepreneurial Scholarship? 

The Witty Scholarship offers financial support and entrepreneurial skills development for undergraduate students. Discovering innovative ideas, finding new ways of working, setting up a business, creating a distinctive career path or supporting social enterprises, all are ways Witty Scholars can get ahead of the pack. This programme is based in the Ingenuity Lab, Jubilee Campus. 

Witty Scholars can access*: 

  • An annual £ 500 cost of living allowance per academic year 

  • Up to £1,500 towards an internship or business start-up costs 

  • An ‘Advantage’ Fund to support extra-curricular costs of up to £300 per year 

  • Funds to support Social Enterprise initiatives established during the Ingenuity Event or Global Ingenuity challenges 

  • Specific Witty Scholar membership to the Ingenuity Lab 

  • One to one mentoring support for business or career development 

  • Resources and seminars to assist with growing your own business and developing your personal employability skills 

Who can apply to be a Witty Scholar? 

In order to meet the criteria of the Witty Entrepreneurial Scholarships, students have to be: 

  • Studying an undergraduate course at the University of Nottingham 

  • Have a minimum of two full academic years left at the University of Nottingham 

  • Have Home funding status 

  • Have a household income of £35,000 or less, as assessed by student finance 

  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial aptitude 

Please see the application form for full criteria and further details 

How do I apply? 

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Application guidance notes - please read these before submitting an application. 

More information 

For further information about the scheme contact 

For more information about the application process contact the Funding and Financial Support team 

*Advancement is subject to regular engagement with the programme 


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