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Professor Bligh Scholarship
The scholarship rewards students who can show they can think for themselves and argue their ideas
The Professor Bligh Scholarship is awarded to one second year student each year, who displays academic enthusiasm and innovation, celebrating their achievement in being the first in their family to attend university. The scholarship looks for an intellectual rebel; someone prepared to challenge established beliefs, yet able to argue both sides of an issue. This someone is principled and never stops asking questions, but is open minded, not dogmatic.
Professor Donald Bligh graduated in Teacher Training from Leeds Beckett University in 1958. He believes that universities are integral for not only teaching knowledge, but also creating new knowledge and new interpretations of old knowledge. This can be achieved using imagination and by testing ideas, informed by research and intellectual criticism.
The scholarship supports the student financially and, throughout the period of the scholarship, Professor Bligh is available as a mentor. Professor Bligh can help to take the successful scholar’s ideas further and develop the appropriate study methods to do so.
our professor bligh scholars
"...I will be able to pursue additional academic opportunities which will be beneficial to my development on the course, the development of my skills as a counsellor and my development as a person."Lauren Clarkson BSc (Hons) Counselling & Mental Health
“I think I’m someone who can very much benefit from a mentor, so I think it will be useful to have Professor Bligh to guide me and help me express myself a little bit more in different ways."Demi-Louise Bostock BA (Hons) Business & Management