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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.

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.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • Be the first in their immediate family to attend university.
  • Have a household income of less than £25,000.
  • Be a high achiever in their A-Level or equivalent studies, having achieved 128 UCAS points (under the 2017 entry tarriff system) or higher.
  • Be in their first year of study of your first undergraduate degree.
  • Be studying an accounting or finance related degree.
  • 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 open on Friday 27 October 2017. Eligible applicants will be contacted via their student email, inviting them to apply. If you believe you are eligible and have not been contacted, please email

Applications will close on Friday 24 November 2017 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.

Introducing the Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholars 2016/17 scholars

Sir Bob Murray and four scholarship recipients

The Sir Bob Murray CBE Scholarships for 2016/17 were awarded in March.

This year’s Scholarships were awarded to; Jack O’Brien, BA (Hons) Business Studies. Mary Haileselaise Gebremeskel, BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance, Rahial Tanwir, LLB (Hons) Law with Finance, and Kerim Papila, BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance.

Sir Bob Murray, CBE said: “It’s a real honour to be able to give these talented students an extra boost in their education. I hope that this will relieve some of the financial pressure that comes with university life and allow them to focus fully on reaching their potential.

“Education can be powerful in changing lives and I have championed this all my life. I will take real pride in following the progress of these recipients to see their achievements now and in the future.”

If you would like to support students through our scholarships, find out more about making a donation below, or contact the Alumni Team on or 0113 81 23147.

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