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The GIA Scholarship for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Applicants 23/24

At Northumbria, we are passionate about bringing together our inspirational courses, forward-thinking staff and innovative students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.  Northumbria champions students who are curious, hardworking and academically gifted.  

Northumbria University is proud to work in partnership with GIA to introduce The GIA Undergraduate Scholarship. 

'At GIA, our 25 years of specialisation and expertise have allowed us to become an authority in our field, providing new thinking that’s helping to redefine the industry. Our collaborative and highly responsive approach has led us to become trusted advisors to all our clients. We pride ourselves on consistently challenging received opinion and championing creative, empathetic solutions to complex planning problems.'

The £2,000 scholarship will be awarded to one highly gifted student from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background who chooses to study on Northumbria's Architecture BA (Hons) in September 2023.  The money can be used to enhance the overall university learning experience and will be provided in the first year of study only.

If you are ready to start your journey with Northumbria, create your best future and meet the criteria below, apply now and you will be automatically considered for the GIA Scholarship.

Read more about GIA

GIA Surveyors (with offices across the UK and Ireland) has almost 30 years of experience in the Built Environment.  We take pride in attracting the industry’s brightest and most creative minds, to help form our distinct and pioneering perspectives. Specialising in Rights of Light, Daylight and Sunlight, Neighbourly Matters, Wind Analysis and Plan Tech, we provide a holistic perspective to planning and development. By using cutting edge technology to analyse and inform, we provide a broader and more contextual approach. Challenging current thinking, we deliver incisive solutions for every project on which we consult.  We are delighted to announce three new scholarships to support students from minority ethnic backgrounds interested in studying Architecture (x1 Undergraduate) and Real Estate Surveying (x2 Postgraduate) scholarships in support of Higher Education Without Barriers fund.  The GIA Surveyors Scholarships are worth £2,000 per student and will be awarded to academically talented students from minority ethnic backgrounds, so they can study one of Northumbria University’s Built Environment courses. The scholarships commence in September2023/24 and will support students with their living costs. 
Sinead Dartnell, Head of HR at GIA, said: “We strive to ensure that our 150-strong team are as diverse culturally as the personalities and skill sets we have to offer. With an active Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, everything we do as a business is created through a lens of inclusivity, ensuring all employees feel supported and safe in the office and among clients. With a focus on how we can help to increase diversity across the real estate industry, the GIA Scholarship feels like the natural next step - and something we are incredibly proud to be associated with.”
Oliver Nicholson, Associate Partner at GIA and alumnus of Northumbria (BSc Estate Management 2014) said: “The DEI committee hopes the scholarships not only support students throughout their studies, but also assure prospective students that there are many fantastic companies within the Real Estate Industry who are actively seeking to improve diversity and equity across their businesses. The scholarships were inspired by this year’s theme for Black History Month, “Time for Action: Not Words” and build on GIA’s commitment to Mayor’s Fund for London’s Firm Foundations campaign and Access Aspiration programme. We hope our actions inspire others to create similar programmes and commitments in the industry.”
Simone Pagani, Senior Partner & Head of Daylight Department at GIA, said: “We take pride in being innovative and creative, which is hugely enhanced by having a more diverse workforce. It is evident that our industry needs to change and we look forward to playing a part in diversifying the Real Estate industry to ensure that it is inclusive for all and the best it can be for the next generation to join. We love what we do and are proud to be able to share this with the students who will take up the GIA Scholarships.”

Terms and Conditions

    To be eligible for The GIA Scholarship you must:

    • Have one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • Asian or Asian British
      • Indian
      • Pakistani
      • Bangladeshi
      • Chinese
      • Any other Asian background
    • Black, Black British, Caribbean or African
      • Caribbean
      • African
      • Any other Black, Black British, or Caribbean background
    • Mixed or multiple ethnic groups
      • White and Black Caribbean
      • White and Black African
      • White and Asian
      • Any other Mixed or multiple ethnic background
    • Other ethnic group
      • Arab
      • Any other ethnic group
    • Be a UK/Home applicant
    • Achieve at least 144 points (or equivalent) from your best three qualifications, for example AAA at A Level or DDD at BTEC
    • Choose Northumbria as your firm choice by 08 June 2023
    • Meet all individual entry requirements
    • Be a self-funded student
    • Apply for one or more elements of the Government Student Finance package (for example, Tuition Fee loan, Maintenance loan) in order for your application to be means-tested
    • Register with Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW) or Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)
    • As a Scottish student, register with Student Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and apply to be means-tested for maintenance funding, in order that SASS can send your data to Student Finance England
    • Agree to share consent via your Government Finance Provider with Northumbria University

    Eligible Courses

Important Information

  • The student selected for The GIA Scholarship will not be eligible for any other Undergraduate scholarship schemes
  • The GIA Scholarship is awarded as cash
  • Payments will be made as 25% of total in November 2023, 25% of total in February 2024 and 50% of total in May 2024
  • Funding is provided in the first year of study only
  • The successful student will be required to send a thank you letter to the donor
  • Progress updates for the donor will be requested throughout your first academic year.  Subsequent payments will not be made until these updates are received
  • If you do not provide a thank you letter and progress updates to the donor, the scholarship may be withdrawn
  • If you defer your place at Northumbria University before the scholarship has been paid, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn
  • If you decide to leave your course after the scholarship payment has been made, the University will not make efforts to reclaim the amount
  • The University's decision is final and cannot be challenged; there is no right of appeal

Selection Process

  • Students who are eligible for The GIA Scholarship will be identified by Northumbria University post-enrolment, there is no separate application form
  • If more than one student is eligible based on their point score, we will look at the 10 best overall UCAS point scores from best three and the successful student will be selected on the strength of their personal statement
  • The successful student will be notified by the end of October 2023

Last updated: 10/01/2023

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