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The Mary & Brian Archer Opportunity Scholarships

The University is the recipient of a generous donation in memory of Mary & Brian Archer, who both taught at the Technical College and then Sunderland Polytechnic. 

Brian Archer was the first Warden of Wearmouth Hall when it opened in 1963 and went on to become Head of the Civil Engineering Department.  Mary Archer taught in the Pharmacy Department before having a family.

They were both true advocates of the University of Sunderland and these scholarships have been set up to continue their passion for helping students receive the greatest opportunities through



How to apply 

This programme awards up to 5 annual scholarships of up to £1,000 and is available to full-time/part-time Home/EU/OS students studying at Sunderland Campus and studying one of the following disciplines:

  • Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics (Stage 2 and 3)
  • Fine Art (Stage 2 and 3)
  • Photography Video and Digital Imaging (Stage 2 and 3)
  • Graphic Design (Stage 2 and 3)
  • Illustration and Design (Stage 2 and 3)
  • Animation and Games Art (Stage 2 and 3)
  • Fashion Design and Promotion (Stage 2 and 3)
  • MA Design
  • MA Visual Practice
  • PhDs in the School of Art and Design 

Applications to this programme are currently closed. 

View and download the application form

View and download the scholarship criteria

The Development Office team are available to offer you advice or to answer any questions that you may have about completing your application. Please contact the team on  

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