Doris Southcott Bursary – Bath Spa University

The Doris Southcott Bursary

Brief description

Bath Spa University has been awarded funds from the Doris Southcott Bursary to support students studying Fashion Design or Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors subjects at Bath Spa University; at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. You must have received a targeted email from the External Affairs Office to be able to apply for funds from the Doris Southcott Bursary.

Value: Variable depending on application

Number of awards available: Multiple

"To hear that I was eligible for the Doris Southcott bursary this year was such a huge blessing. I knew that my final year in BA(Hons) Fashion Design was going to be incredibly time consuming, and I was concerned about the financial costs attached to this year. I didn’t want to jeopardise my study time by taking on extra work to cover these costs. So, to be awarded twice throughout my final year with funds from the Doris Southcott Bursary was an unbelievable surprise, and one that made this final year so successful for me.

Only a selection of the course get picked by an Industry panel to show their collection at Graduate Fashion Week, and this year I was fortunate enough to be one of those students to be selected. It’s an amazing opportunity because industry representatives from all over the country come and see your work and want to know more about it. I have since had an interview with Karen Millen and I am waiting to hear back about a job as a Design Assistant, and this was all because of Graduate Fashion Week. I am sure that I couldn’t have done this without the help from Doris Southcott Bursary."

Keziah Sanderson, BA (Hons) Fashion Design 2017


You will be aged between 18-25 whose permanent residence before coming to University was Somerset, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset and are studying Fashion Design and Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors; at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

You are able to apply for funding to help you with:

  • Purchasing equipment and materials required for the course - to include printing credits
  • Contribution towards fashion design, textiles and fabric technologies related trips and activities (to include Paris, Japan, Stroud and Eindoven. Other trips will be considered where appropriate)
  • Funding towards student fashion shows to include the student contribution and additional costs for the show(s).

You must ask your tutor to supply a supporting statement to accompany your application.

How to apply

You must have received an email from the External Affairs Office to be eligible. Applications received without this will not be considered.

Applicants will need to submit the online application form (student login required) along with supporting evidence and a supporting statement from your tutor or subject/course leader.

Please ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions.

All sections of the form must be fully completed before submission. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for information on how to complete the form.

Should you have any questions or require assistance completing the form please contact the External Affairs Office at

Supporting documentation must be added to the online application as attachments.

No retrospective funding is available — applications cannot be considered in the event that the applicant has already made the associated purchases.

Application deadlines

  • 9.00am (GMT), Monday 21 February 2022
  • 9.00am (BST), Monday 25 April 2022

How applications are judged

The selection will be decided by the Bath Spa University Disbursement panel in consultation with course leaders from relevant subjects. The panel will meet three times a year to discuss applications received.

The panel will meet within four weeks of each application deadline and applicants should expect to hear an outcome within six weeks.

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