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Ubisoft Scholarship Opportunity

Ubisoft Scholarship Opportunity

11 December 2020

For the first time this year we are able to offer two Ubisoft scholarships for Black UK students.

Two successful students will each receive a yearly bursary of £11,250 to go towards fees and living expenses.  In addition, Ubisoft will provide an ongoing and comprehensive programme of mentorship from Ubisoft developers, incorporating expert support in relation to engineering, a broad insight into games development and a suite of soft skills coaching and training. The support will culminate in a three-month paid internship for both students at Ubisoft Reflections.  

“Over the last few years we’ve been proud to support educational programmes in the UK, such as Digital Schoolhouse as well as BAFTA’s Young Games Designers scheme,”  Giselle Stewart, Director of UK Corporate Affairs, commented, “This year, we wanted to go one step further and tackle an area where we can truly make a meaningful difference to diversify the UK games industry.  A combination of financial support in a top-ranking university and paid, work-based experience should give these students the very best chance at securing a career in the industry.” 

Professor John Fitzgerald, Head of Newcastle University’s School of Computing added, “A lack of diverse workforces in the science and technology sectors is a challenge. This Ubisoft scholarship is another step forward in attracting the best students from underrepresented backgrounds to Newcastle and we commend our partners at Ubisoft for taking action. In the School of Computing we are all committed to making this initiative a huge success, and ensuring it has a wide-ranging impact on the lives of the students who will benefit from it.”


Eligibility criteria for scholars and applicants for 2021 entry:  

1. Applicants must be regarded as a home/UK status student for tuition fees and student finance.  

2. Applicants must identify themselves as Black African or Caribbean heritage, (including applicants of mixed race). Additionally applicants should ideally match some of the PARTNERS eligibility criteria listed at https://www.ncl.ac.uk/schools/partners/eligibility/criteria/  

3. Applicants must have applied to study by the UCAS deadline of 15th January 2021, and received an offer to study on an undergraduate Computer Science programme to commence in September 2021. 

4. Applicants must have already applied to Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan and received confirmation that they have been assessed and will receive full financial support.  

5. Applicant’s tuition fees should not be being paid (in full or part) by a sponsor or any other professional body.  

6. Applicants should not have studied in higher education previously. Only applicants with exceptional circumstances could be considered outside these criteria. 

 
How to apply  

Following receipt of an offer to study Computer Science at Newcastle University, students will be sent an application form to complete. These need to be returned to the School of Computing by 30th May 2021.   


Terms & Conditions of the Ubisoft Scholarship
 

  • Two scholarships will be awarded during the 2021 academic year.  
  • Scholarship payments will be made to the recipient following registration each academic year, and will be paid in instalments each Semester. Scholarship payments are not normally made for repeat years of study. The School of Computing reserves the right to terminate the bursary if the recipient withdraws from their degree programme. 
  • The value of the scholarship is £11,250 per annum for 3 years of study, which covers tuition fees plus a £2000 bursary. 
  • The winners of the scholarship will be informed when they register for a Computer Science degree programme in the School of Computing at Newcastle University.  
  • Further enquiries about this award should be made to the Learning & Teaching Manager, School of Computing (email: computing.teaching@ncl.ac.uk).