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The Mike Davies Innovation Scholarship

The University is the recipient of a generous donation to support students studying Glass or Ceramics. The purpose of the scholarship is to allow students to undertake a project or opportunity that will lead to innovative uses of glass and ceramic materials for creative use. The project will support modular content within the course of study.
Examples of this could include projects within the university, internships, classes and workshops in the UK or abroad or study visits. Alternatively, applicants could consider an innovative way to develop their practice from home perhaps with specific kit/equipment.

Two £1,000 scholarships per academic year are available to full or part-time students studying:

  • Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics (Stage 2 and 3)
  • MA Visual Practice (Glass and Ceramics pathways)
  • PhD Glass and Ceramics

Closing deadline is Friday 17th March 2023

For further information or for an informal discussion please contact your Personal Tutor, Programme Leader or PhD Supervisor.

Projects should be completed within an agreed timescale and successful candidates will be expected to produce an illustrated report on their project and supply images for publicity purposes.


How to apply


Applicants must complete the scholarship application form outlining their project proposal and include a detailed budget and signed academic reference. Incomplete applications will not be shortlisted for Committee consideration.

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

  • Clarity of proposal and benefit to the student.
  • The extent to which the project will significantly advance and challenge the students skills
  • Demonstration of potential to make innovative new artwork or other materials (such as a piece of text or presentation) 

Successful applicants will be notified post Committee meeting in April 2023.

View and download the application form.

View and download the scholarship criteria.

For further information or for an informal discussion please contact your Programme Lead: Robert Winter or Cate Watkinson

For information on the application process please contact the University’s Development team on or call 0191 515 3664

Virtual #DOSH drop in sessions are coming soon.. dates tbc!
 Applicants are welcome to email the team for specific advice and discuss a potential application:



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