Give the gift of education


Scholarships and bursaries help the next generation to get the best education regardless of their financial circumstances.

Your gift of a bursary or scholarship will have a great impact that will resonate into the future – it is a lifelong gift. You can give the opportunity to someone with great potential to benefit from a Goldsmiths education, and by doing so you will open the door to a huge range of experiences, improved employability and enhanced life chances. It will help to make a significant difference in the life of deserving students and ensure that those who wish to attend Goldsmiths can do so without financial constraints.

By establishing a bursary or scholarship you can help us to unlock the potential of students from any background and from anywhere in the world.

In these changing times, we want to create as many scholarships and bursaries as possible at Goldsmiths. We need your help to do this. If you would like to make a gift of a scholarship or bursary, either in your name, that of your organisation or in memory of a loved one, please contact Alison Woolley, Director of Development and Alumni Relations: development ( or +44 (0)20 7896 2805.

Below are examples of scholarships and bursaries that have been generously supported by our donors:

The Corinne Burton Art Therapy Studentship

Due to the generosity of the Trustees of the Corinne Burton Memorial Trust, Goldsmiths is able to offer a scholarship for full-time and part-time students of Art Psychotherapy. The Trust was set up in memory of Corinne Burton, a talented artist who sadly died in 1992 after suffering from cancer.

The scholarship has been given to Goldsmiths since the early 1990s and also supports a Corinne Burton Art Therapist in Bart’s Hospital Oncology Department and Mount Vernon Hospital for inpatients and outpatients.

The scholarship funds one student on the MA Art Psychotherapy programme and includes:

  • Payment of tuition of up to £4,200 each year for the 2-year programme (pro rata basis for part-time students)
  • Pay of £4,200 per annum for a further two years as a part-time salary while the student work as an art therapist in a hospital or cancer clinic after successful completion of the programme

If you are an MA Art Psychotherapy student, you can apply here.

Gary Hume Scholarship

Artist and alumnus Gary Hume funded scholarships worth £75,000 to help art students from poorer backgrounds. Hume, who lives and works in London and Accord, New York, said his own experiences as a student had spurred him to support the scholarships.

“I decided to help because it’s incredibly difficult for young artists. I wanted to help lower the incredible burden on families to help in the current climate.” 

The scholarships will support six students of the BA Fine Art programme and includes:

  • Award of £12,500 paid by instalments over three years of study

If you are a BA Fine Art student, you can apply here.

Jay Merriman-Mukoro Bursary

Jay Merriman-Mukoro was a brilliant creative radio and television programme maker. His career took him throughout the world from Africa to the USA to make programmes that gave voice to people not normally seen and heard. Jay combined a devotion to radio and sound with visual creativity. Jay’s legacy has been an inspiration for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) media workers in Britain. In April 2014 he lost his life in a drowning accident in Barbados just after beginning lecturing at Goldsmiths in sound and visual story telling.

Perhaps the most career-defining moment for Jay was being awarded a BBC scholarship to attend the MA Radio Programme in 2003/04. This launched him into a world of story-telling, journalism and documentary-making. Without it, his future would have been very different. Together with Goldsmiths, his family and friends set up the Jay Merriman-Mukoro Bursary in 2014 in order to give future documentary-makers those same opportunities.

The bursary funds one student on the MA Radio programme and includes:

  • Fee waiver
  • £5,000 London living grant
  • 4-week paid internship at the BBC
  • 4-week paid internship at Nutopia, an international documentary production company

If you are an MA Radio student, you can apply here.

Why not support scholarships and bursaries alongside fellow alumni?

You may not be able to sponsor a scholarship or bursary by yourself. This is why the alumni community makes such a difference to the lives of our current students. Alumni can make a gift of any size, and when combined with your fellow alumni, it can play a truly significant way in enabling our students achieve their potential. If you would like to make a contribution to scholarships and bursaries, you can do so via the Annual Fund. Here you can also choose to directly support Student Hardship or extracurricular activities.

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