Sports Bursary

The SU recognises the importance of sport. We are committed to supporting high level athletes who want to pursue dual pathways; combining both studies with competing on the National and International stage in their chosen sport.
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About the bursary

The SU offers Sports Bursaries to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of:

  • Achievement at national level or above
  • Having represented your region or country competitively
  • Having the potential to do so whilst studying at Falmouth or Exeter University in Cornwall.

There is no support offered through the Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union Sports Bursary Scheme to help finance course, tuition or international fees. The Students' Union will make every effort to accommodate your training and performance needs, however no dispensation is offered from the normal course requirements in terms of assessment, progression or final degree classification.

Bursaries are awarded on an annual basis, and are available to all current students of either Falmouth or Exeter University Cornwall campuses, who evidence satisfactory sporting performance, academic progress and general conduct.

Up to eight bursaries can be awarded annually, with a maximum of £1,500 awarded to one individual.

Funding can be used towards legitimate costs incurred to train or compete in your chosen sport.


  • Applicants must be a current student on an undergraduate or postgraduate course of Falmouth University or The University of Exeter (Cornwall).
  • Applicants need to demonstrate clear evidence of their recent (within 18 months) sporting performance.


Evidence may vary by sport but could include, for example:

  • Current international ranking
  • Current UK/national ranking
  • International Level Representation within a recognised NGB Pathway (Age Group U18 upwards), plus sport specific requirements
  • Applicants from team sports will need to differentiate their individual performance and demonstrate, for example, representative honours and/or a realistic expectation of playing at national league level or above
  • 'Power of 10' ranking (athletics)
  • Continuation of National/International Competition whilst studying at the University

Award amounts

The amount awarded is dependent upon:

  • Achievements and rankings
  • Commitment to chosen sport
  • Future aspirations
  • Training, travel, competition and equipment requirements

All financial support is accessed through a claim form which will be reviewed by the Sports Coordinator.

What we can consider contributing towards:

  • Competition entry fees
  • Gym membership
  • Travel and accommodation for competitions
  • Essential sports equipment
  • Facility and club fees
  • Sporting body affiliation

How to apply

Please read all the information and criteria on this page to see whether you are eligible for a Sports Bursary before applying. Please note that you muct be logged in to the website to complete the application form and it is only open to current students so if you are starting with us in September please wait until you have your log in before trying to apply.

We have some money remaining in the Sports Bursary pot so are re-opening applications until 30th June 2022. If you feel you could benefit from a small amount of money to support you to achieve your sporting goal this year please apply.

Please note the application above is only for the remainder of this academic year the full Sports Bursary for 2022/23 will be open for applications from September 2022.


Are you a recipient of our Bursary funding? Here’s what you need to do to keep up your end of the deal!

The Students' Union requires an up-to-date list of all competitions/events that you will be participating in during the year. You will be expected to notify us prior to competitions and to submit a brief report after events/competitions as well as termly reports. These reports may be used to promote your successes and those of the campus.

You will also be expected to:

  • Supply some high-quality action/achievement images which will be used to promote you as an athlete and the scheme.
  • Provide a written bio and take part in a video interview. These will both be used to raise awareness of you as an athlete and to promote the scheme.
  • Provide a full reference from your coach or a member of the sports' Governing Body (as requested in the application form).
  • Represent The Students' Union. Where clashes occur between The Students' Union and higher level representative sporting commitments, Bursary recipients are expected to bring these to the attention of The Students' Union Student Opportunities Team.

The SU expects Sports Bursary recipients to make every effort to take part in and support The SU sports campaigns and projects.

How to access the funding

Receipts or proof of purchase will need to be presented to claim the funds. No funds will be released until The Students' Union have received a signed agreement. Fund requests can be claimed throughout the year but must be claimed no later than 3 July 2022.

For more information

For further details on the scheme, please contact:

Ceri Harvey, Sports Coordinator: 

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