Cambridge University Reporter

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust


The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trustees are offering bursaries to students following first degree courses, in any subject, at higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. The aim of the scheme is to support eligible students in financial need.

Eligible students

Applicants should be normally resident in the United Kingdom and be the son or daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist, or grocer according to the definition below. The parent or spouse should have been engaged in this occupation in the UK for at least five years in the recent past. A parent or spouse who is unemployed (or deceased) but who fell within one of these three categories when their employment ceased (or they died) is also included.

(a) Commercial travellers: The representative, agent or principal of any form of manufacturers, or other company or wholesale dealers selling to industry or commerce, but not direct to the public, who has travelled for five consecutive years for at least six months in each of those years, for the purpose of securing orders and/or promoting business.
(b) Chemists: A member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society engaged in selling or dispensing medicines direct to the public.
(c) Grocers: A person engaged or employed in the retail sale of groceries and related provisions and not considered the distinctive wares of some other class of tradesmen, excluding persons owning or employed by a business having more than fifty employees.

Eligible courses

Any full-time first degree course at a higher or further education institution in the UK, being either a body recognised by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment for the award of a degree or a body providing courses in preparation for a degree to be granted by a recognised body.

Eligible costs

Funds are intended for those in financial hardship, e.g. requiring funds for maintenance, tuition and examination fees, travel costs, study materials, accommodation or childcare costs etc. Applicants must provide justification for their reasons for applying.


The maximum value of any bursary is £3,000 per annum, but the sum awarded will be adjusted according to individual circumstances, need and the funds available. Where a course terminates in the summer, bursaries will be paid on a pro-rata basis.


Bursaries will generally be awarded for the balance or whole duration of an undergraduate course. The continuation of a bursary is dependent upon the student continuing his or her full-time registration, satisfactory academic performance, and there being no material change in the recipient's financial circumstances.

Application procedure

Application forms are available from the Awards Clerk, Secretariat, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TN. Completed forms must be submitted to the candidate's college and not directly to the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust. A representative from the College must countersign each form and then ensure that this reaches The Secretary at the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust, 1 Pemberton Row, London, EC4A 3BG by the relevant closing date.

Closing dates

Students must ensure they submit their applications to their college in good time, as countersigned applications must reach the Trust by 1 November each year. Colleges will be notified of the result of applications by the end of October or end of November respectively.

Administration of funds awarded

All bursary funds will be paid to the student's College and not to the bursary holder. The College will then be responsible for the disbursement of the bursary.


At the end of each academic year Colleges must provide a brief annual report on each bursary holder, summarising his or her academic progress during the last year and confirming that the bursary holder is still registered as a full-time student, if the bursary is to continue.