Dr Joe Cassidy Memorial Bursaries

Dr Joe Cassidy was Principal of St Chad’s College from 1997 until his death in 2015. He was passionate about St Chad’s being able to offer students the support – both pastoral and financial – they need to succeed. He believed that anyone with aptitude and promise should have the opportunity to become part of an academic community like St Chad’s, whatever their background.

These Bursaries which bear his name and are funded through gifts from St Chad’s alumni, fellows and friends, are intended to reflect Dr Cassidy’s personality and principles, and celebrate his achievements. Applicants should ideally be able to demonstrate a commitment to social justice and a proven appetite for intellectual curiosity and academic and community engagement.

The Bursaries are intended to encourage applications to Durham and St Chad’s from students from less affluent economic backgrounds and under-represented communities in the UK and EU.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, St Chad’s College will award one Dr Joe Cassidy Memorial Bursary, worth £1500 for each year of a three or four year degree programme, to a student entering the College in the 2023-24 academic year.


  • Demonstrate ‘financial need’ – based on a household income assessment as conducted by your student finance company.  Financial need is defined as either household income below £25,000 or below £40,000 as determined by your student finance company with preference given to income below £25,000.

Level of Study: Undergraduate

Domicile: UK/EU

College: Applicants must specify St Chad’s College as their College choice on their UCAS application for Durham

Year of Entry: New applicants for the academic year 2023-24

Mode of Study: Full-time



Up to 4 years of consecutive study.


Successful recipients will receive £1,500 per year for a maximum of four years. Funding can be used as either maintenance support or payment towards tuition fees. This is a grant rather than a loan, and does not need to be repaid.


Prospective applicants must:

Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS specifying St Chad’s College as your college of choice.

Stage 2: submit to St Chad’s College by email (chads.admissions@durham.ac.uk) addressed to the Principal, Dr Margaret Masson:

  • an application including a personal statement of not more than 1,000 words describing how your personal circumstances make you eligible for this award, how the bursary would help you to study at Durham University, and why you want to study at Durham University and St Chad’s College.
  • a character reference from one of your teachers in support of your scholarship application to be sent by email to chads.admissions@durham.ac.uk. Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.
  • a copy of your student finance company assessment letter to be sent by email to chads.admissions@durham.ac.uk. (If you are waiting for confirmation of your entitlement please submit your scholarship application and forward details of your assessment letter as soon as you can).

Scholarship applications accepted from: October 1st 2022

Deadline for submission of applications: to be confirmed ahead of the application period


All eligible applications for the Dr Joe Cassidy Memorial Bursaries will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, reference and academic status by two of the College Officers of St Chad’s College. The financial and personal information you provide will be treated in strict confidentiality by members of the selection panel.

Other scholarship awards may be taken into account when considering scholarship allocation.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short informal online interview during March 2022. This interview will be with two of the College Officers.


For further information or advice:

Email: chads.admissions@durham.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)191 334 3357