The Ignite Programme

Studying for a degree at Southampton can be a life-changing experience. Our students benefit from first-class teaching and academic support, helping them develop skills for a successful career. University is also a place where memories are made, connections are formed and stories begin. We want as many young people as possible to benefit from studying at Southampton, regardless of their background. Together we can make this a reality. 

Alice was so excited to begin her degree in English at Southampton.  But without a strong support network and with classes online due to the pandemic, Alice struggled with isolation and loneliness.  The Ignite Programme offered a lifeline – providing Alice with a supportive community as well as access to networking events, skills workshops and internships, which helped her to build her confidence and feel positive about the future once again. Hear her story in the video on this page.  

Ignite began with one generous Southampton alumnus, who wanted to relieve the financial burden on students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Now, this groundbreaking programme includes a unique combination of financial support, mentoring programmes, internships and networking events. It aims to give students like Alice the confidence and opportunities they need to get the best possible degree and define their own futures. 

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and supporters, we’ve been able to fund 61 students this year - but that still leaves more than 230 eligible students we couldn’t help. 

Your donation will help close this gap and ignite the future for more students in need at Southampton.  

Did you know that, last year, we were able to fund 5 Ignite student bursaries, thanks to gifts in wills? If you would like more information about remembering the University in your Will, or fully funding one element strand of the programme, please contact our Development Manager, Richard Wilson, at

Together, we can change the lives of disadvantaged students at Southampton. 

Thank you for your support.


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