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What is the Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholarship?

Five Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholarships of £1,000 each are generously gifted to deserving students every year by our Chancellor Sir Bob Murray. The scholarships are awarded as a £750 cash bursary and a £250 balance on a campus card, to assist students with the costs related to living and studying at university.

The scholarships are awarded to first year students from the North of England studying accounting or finance related courses on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Sir Bob Murray CBE

Sir Bob Murray CBE qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant from our University in 1972. He is a leading businessman and philanthropist with an enduring passion for education and football. Sir Bob was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by our University in 2008, before being installed as Chancellor in January 2013.

Since 2012 Sir Bob has funded scholarships at Leeds Beckett University as a testament to the transformative power of an education at our University. This helps provide the same opportunities that he had to others. The Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholarships are awarded to support students following in Sir Bob’s footsteps by studying accounting or a finance related courses, and like Sir Bob coming from the North of England, aiming to ensure that talented students are able to succeed despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be the first in your immediate family to attend university.
  • Have a household income of less than £25,000.
  • Be a high achiever in your A-Level or equivalent studies, having achieved 320 UCAS points or higher.
  • Be in your first year of study of your first undergraduate degree.
  • Be studying accounting and finance, business management with finance, or business studies.
  • Have a permanent home address in the North of England in one of the following postcodes: BD, DH, DL, HD, HG, HU, HX, LS, NE, S, SR, TS, WF, YO.
How to apply

Applications for the Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholarship have now closed.

Stage 1

Applicants must complete the Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholarship application form which will be available via MyHub. Students who we believe are eligible to apply will be contacted and applications will open on Friday 18 October. The deadline for applications to be completed by is 17:00 on Thursday 24 November.

Stage 2

Applicants will then be shortlisted based on their application and a reference requested from their personal tutor. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been shortlisted for a interview on Monday 5 December.

Stage 3

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for face-to-face interviews at Headingley Campus on Monday 12 December, with successful candidates being notified before the end of January 2017. It is mandatory that the chosen scholars are available to meet with Sir Bob on Thursday 23 February to be awarded the scholarship.

The University has an Equality and Diversity Policy and governance structure that reflects the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If there is anything that the Alumni Team can do to make the application process easier for you due to a physical or mental health difficulty, or you would like the information in an alternative format, please contact us on giving@leedsbeckett.ac.uk by Thursday 10 November.


If you have any questions about the scholarship or the application process, please contact the Alumni Team via giving@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or 0113 812 3145.

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