Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for both full and part-time independent students.

Relay Scholarships

We have several fully-funded scholarships available, in partnership with the Relay Trust, for independent students who are from, or are called to serve in, the South West. They are particularly aimed at those who might struggle to meet the cost of fees and/or come from a non-standard educational background, who might not otherwise think about higher education. 

This year we are launching a new programme to enable our Relay Scholars from a less academic background to flourish in their studies, helping them to develop skills such as reading academic papers, writing assignments, discussion and analysis.

The programme will enable students to complete a Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission over three years instead of the usual two. Teaching will build up to Level 4 more gradually and be accompanied by comprehensive learning support, whilst enabling the students to study alongside their peers and pursue the same academic qualification, just over a longer period of time.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates of a UKME background or other under-represented groups. 

Any enquiries should be directed to admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

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Howard Worsley, Lead Tutor for Academic Inclusion

At Trinity we are trying to enable students to study at the required level and also to carry on being themselves. In other words, we are aware that our academic institution requires students to succeed in a particular set of academic skills but it might also have the effect of stripping them of their previous cultural trademarks (and that this is dangerous for any ensuing ministry). Therefore we have created an access course that slows down the Diploma from two years to three years and this allows students to become more aware of their cultural heritage whilst also becoming better aware of the skills they need to get a Diploma in Mission and Ministry.

Jubilee Scholarship

One annual scholarship is available to cover the full cost of tuition fees for a Black, British undergraduate or taught postgraduate student. The Jubilee Scholarship is for full-time study on either our Gathered Learning or our Dispersed Learning pathway, for up to three years for the completion of a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission or up to two years for the completion of an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission (it is not open to ordinands).

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants will need to meet our standard admissions requirements for the undergraduate or taught postgraduate programme. They will have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African, Black Caribbean, Black Other, Mixed –White and Black Caribbean, Mixed – White and Black African. They must be a UK student and have been assessed for fees status as ‘home’. To learn more about what prompted the creation of the scholarship, click here.

To apply, applicants are asked to submit a 1,500-word rationale for why they wish to be considered for this scholarship and may be invited for interview. The scholarship will be awarded on a merit basis, either academic or ministerial. The successful applicant will be invited to give an annual report to the college, in consultation with the Diversity Officer.

For instructions about how to apply, contact admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

Meet our Scholars

Bernard Morris, Jubilee Scholar

The first recipient of the Scholarship is Revd. Bernard Morris, a senior pastor and church leader of BlackCaribbean descent. At the presentation that Bernard gave in support of his application, he spoke powerfully about the need to reach out to those who have arrived in our community from other countries, noting that more than 69 languages are spoken in Bristol alone and recounting the experiences of his parents, who moved to the UK from the Caribbean as young people. 

 He also shared his mother’s experience of the Anglican church. As a child in Jamaica, she was raised as an Anglican, attended catechism classes and was confirmed into the Church of England. She remained an Anglican until arriving in the UK as a 21-year-old. Sadly, as with so many from the Windrush generation, the Anglican Church did not welcome her so she moved to another denomination. 

 “To my mind,” says Bernard, “the Jubilee scholarship is part of the healing process and provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between the Black Pentecostal churches and the Anglican Church… It is clear that people like me have, in the past, felt excluded from many of the opportunities afforded to their white counterparts; I am glad that is changing, and I want to be a part of accelerating that change.” 

 Education, he says, is an important part of this process. “I believe it is the mission of the church to raise up the oppressed and downtrodden. Education is a key weapon in this goal, it opens so many doors and, used wisely, can change the life expectations of not only this generation, but the one to come.” 

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