TutorialThe University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust aims to fulfil its objects by raising funds to provide bursaries for needy students at the University. Its bursaries normally cover about half a student’s costs, but more money is provided for students who achieve better academic success, in line with the University’s policy on bursaries.

Students must have completed successfully their first-semester exams in their first year of study, as well as any subsequent exams/further years, to qualify for a Trust bursary. This policy aims to provide reassurance to Trust donors that bursars have a good chance of passing their exams and graduating. Following recent changes to government funding for students’ fees, the Trust does not provide bursaries for final-year students where their fees are covered by state support.

The Trust currently does not fund postgraduate study. Under its objective of assisting the education of people in need, its bursaries go to students who are trying to get their first qualification or degree.

The Trust does not accept direct applications from students for its bursaries. The Trustees make awards from a shortlist of qualifying undergraduate students provided by the University, along with details of their family income and academic records.

The Trust’s focus always has been on the individual students it tries to help. Therefore, the Trustees try to correspond with bursars and obtain feedback on their hopes, ambitions and progress with their studies.

The University administers the bursaries on the Trust’s behalf. Students seeking financial assistance should contact the University’s Student Funding Centre. The Centre’s website provides details of the conditions and parameters applying to the bursaries it handles.

Margaret Thomas

Margaret Thomas Scholarship: A special bursary was established by the Trustees in 2007 in memory of the late Margaret Thomas (nee Dent), who was a driving force behind the Trust. The bursary was changed to scholarship in 2011 to ensure that it could be retained by the student even if they later obtained other funding.

Margaret, who died in London in 2006 after a long illness, helped found the charity in 1991 and served as Chair and as Secretary. She is also fondly remembered as a lecturer and teacher of English, who inspired many students, pupils and colleagues.

The scholarship is awarded every year to a student of the humanities, in view of Margaret’s own background.

The first recipient of the Bursary was Valoshnee Gounden, who graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree focused on teaching English after completing her studies in 2009.

The first recipient of the scholarship in 2011 was Paige Franklin, a BA (Psychology) student. See the Students page for the full list of recipients.