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 financial background.

Established through the generosity of an alumnus who wanted students to graduate without debt and pursue the same opportunities he had, the Ignite Programme provides talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to succeed at University and achieve their ambitions.

Bryony’s difficult home life left her in a position where continuing with her degree seemed impossible – until she was offered an Ignite Scholarship. Watch Bryony tell her own story in the video above.

Donations to the Ignite Programme allow us to help students in need at Southampton, ensuring they are fully supported at all stages of their University education. Applications are assessed by our Student Services team, ensuring that your gift goes where it will make the most impact.

There are three strands to the Ignite programme:

  • The Ignite Scholarship – £45,000 across three years, covering all university fees and helping with living costs.
  • Ignite Bursaries - £10,000 across three years, to help support students with their living costs and extra-curricular activities, allowing them to focus on their studies.
  • Ignite Opportunities – single-year support for a Year Abroad or unpaid Year-in-Employment.

If you are interested in wholly funding one strand of the programme, please contact our Development Manager at or call: 023 8059 7157. If you would like to make any other donation to support the programme, please use the Donate button above.

We need your help to enable the best and brightest to flourish at Southampton. Thank you for your support.

Find out more about the Ignite Programme here.

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