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Art & Design 'Global Challenges' Scholarship 2023-24

The University is the recipient of a generous donation from eminent architect Mike Davies CBE, to support students studying art and design subjects.

Mike is renowned for his extraordinary contribution to innovative architecture, building engineering and glass technology and his 50 year career has involved him with projects such as the Pompidou Centre Paris, Lloyd's of London, the Millenium Dome and Heathrow Terminal 5.

A passionate supporter of the University of Sunderland, Mike has helped to devise the 'Global Challenges' scholarship which will support students in undertaking a project or opportunity to develop creative practice for the potential benefit of others whilst tackling current global challenges.


Global Challenges

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:

  • BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics (Stage 2 and 3)
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art (Stage 2 and 3)
  • BA (Hons) Photography Video and Digital Imaging (Stage 2 and 3)
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Stage 2 and 3)
  • BA (Hons) Illustration and Design (Stage 2 and 3)
  • BA (Hons) Animation and Games Art (Stage 2 and 3)
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Promotion (Stage 2 and 3)
  • MA Design
  • MA Visual Practice
  • PhDs in the School of Art and Design
    (Integrated Foundation Routes for the above subject areas also included)

How to apply 

Applications to this programme are currently closed. Applications must be received by Friday 8th March 2024

Applications will be assessed by the awarding committee and selection will be based upon the following and written criteria below:

  • Clarity of proposal

  • Benefit of applicant's project/creativity helping to shape society whilst supporting others. 

  • Clarity as to which 'global challenge' the project will address.

  • Clarity of budget

View and download the application form

View and download the scholarship criteria

For further information or for an informal discussion please contact Professor Kevin Petrie, Head of School of Art & Design.

The Development Office team are available to offer you advice or to answer any questions that you may have about completing your application.
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Global Challenges Case Studies

Hear how the Global Challenges programme has helped create life changing experiences for students:

Hannah Garrett

Hannah Garrett

Libby Martindale - Toddle & Ted box

Libby Martindale

Kass McGeogh

Kass McGeoch

Abbey Hayman

Abbey Hayman

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