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Newcastle University announces two Stephen Lawrence bursary awards for students from BAME backgrounds to study architecture

Newcastle University is delighted to announce the launch of two Stephen Lawrence bursary awards for young people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to study architecture.

Students on the scheme will have the cost of their three-year undergraduate study fully met.  Stephen’s own dream of becoming an architect was cut cruelly short, but the University is proud to be working with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to give young people from BAME backgrounds the opportunity to enter the career he loved.

The University has committed £25,000 to support the bursaries with a further £75,000 raised through the generosity of alumni and the practices where they work.  Newcastle joins three other Architecture Schools - City, Sheffield and De Montfort – in working with the Trust to offer a bursary scheme for BAME students.

To be eligible for one of the bursaries, students should apply to study architecture (K100) at Newcastle following the usual UCAS process.  All applicants will then receive details of the scheme including eligibility criteria and how to apply.  The first students on the scheme will take up their places at the University in September 2020.

Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Sonia Watson OBE, said ‘We believe that architecture as a profession should be open to people from every background, but we know that many talented young people are deterred by the cost of the course.  Newcastle University has a brilliant reputation for both the quality of its teaching and the support it gives to students, and we are delighted to be working with them on the bursary awards, making their architecture course more accessible.’

Professor Graham Farmer, Director of Architecture at Newcastle University said: ‘As a university we are committed to creating an inclusive community and ensuring that no-one is at a disadvantage because of who they are.  The Stephen Lawrence bursary awards will make studying architecture at Newcastle more accessible to young people from BAME backgrounds who would otherwise struggle with the costs of the course.  We will be excited to welcome the first applicants and for them to join our University community.’

The University would like to thank the following donors who have made the Stephen Lawrence bursary awards possible:

  • Grimshaw Architects, London and international
  • Foster & Partners, London and international
  • FaulknerBrowns, Newcastle and international
  • Page\Park,Glasgow
  • Napper, Newcastle
  • Sheppard Robson

The Stephen Lawrence Trust

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust believes that Every person, regardless of their background, has the opportunity and support to flourish in a society that treats them with fairness and respect.

The Trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice.  It empowers people and communities to create better places for people to live and work.  And it influences others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.

Stephen Lawrence himself had hoped to become an architect, and in the last three years the Trust’s flagship Building Futures programme has supported over 250 young people from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds to enter careers in architecture and the built environment by providing bursaries, mentoring, work experience placements, internships and industry workshops.

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published on: 6 January 2020