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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 education.

There are 4 awards available annually of  up to £750 each.Applications are welcome from students at all levels*.

*Full time/PArt time Home/EU/OS students studying at Sunderland or London Campus. This programme does not support PhD study/IT equipment


How to apply 

Applications to this programme are currently open. 

Applications will be assessed by the awarding committee and selection will be based upon the written criteria downloadable below. Please ensure you include the following in your application:

  • Clarity of your chosen opportunity and how this will support your studies.

  • Clear outline of outputs, discuss the benefits to the student and include a timeline of activity.

  • Include details of associated costs and itemise each element within the financial breakdown.

  • A supporting academic reference is required to support the merit of the application.

You can apply for this scholarship by downloading the application form

Please review and download the scholarship criteria before making an application.

Applications for the current academic year close end of May 2024.

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  


The Mary & Brian Archer Fund Case Studies

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