Shattock Family Scholarships

These Scholarships have been very generously funded by St Chad’s College alumnus Matthew Shattock and his family.  Mr Shattock writes:

“I first re-engaged with the University in November 2012 when my wife Sue and I were asked to attend a reception hosted by the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor in Chicago. While I hadn’t heard much directly from Durham since my graduation, I had followed with interest the exceptional progress being made in global rankings, the employability of fellow Durham students, and the more concerted effort being made by the University to reach out to alumni.

Following the Chancellor’s reception, the team in the development office brought the former Principal of St Chad’s – the late Dr Joe Cassidy – to meet with me and we discussed the idea of our family supporting a scholarship programme enabling talented students from lower income families to enjoy the full, rounded education delivered in tandem between the departments and colleges of the University. I was convinced that this was a very worthy cause and led to the creation of a scholarship programme to supplement those without the full means, but with the unquestionable ability, to benefit from the collegiate education which has shaped my own life and career indelibly. I had the benefit of a fully funded education at Durham and this turned out to be a life changing experience for me.  I hope to contribute to the same opportunity for others.

We are delighted to be supporting St Chad’s and Durham in this way and hope that like-minded alumni will give similar time and thought to requests made of them – as I know many already do.”

Matthew Shattock (1980 – 1983, Politics; St Chad’s College)

Thanks to the generosity of  alumnus Matthew Shattock and his family, St Chad’s College will award one Shattock Family Scholarship, worth £3000 for each year of a three or four year degree programme, to a student entering the College in the 2024-25 academic year.




Recipients will be able to demonstrate ‘financial need’ – defined as a household income below £40,000. Additional consideration will be given to applicants from neighbourhoods with low participation in higher education and from applicants who are a first generation scholar.

Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of financial need through presentation of their student finance company’s household income assessment before receipt of the scholarship payment.

Level of Study: Undergraduate

Domicile: UK/EU

College: Applicants must specify St Chad’s College as their first choice College when asked for their College preferences by Durham University

Year of Entry: New applicants for the academic year 2024-25

Mode of Study: Full-time


Duration: up to 4 years of consecutive undergraduate study (with the possibility of an additional one year of postgraduate Masters study).

Value: successful recipients will receive a minimum of £3000 per year for a maximum of four years of undergraduate study. 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.

Stage 2: applicants must specify St Chad’s College as their first choice College when asked for their College preferences by Durham University.

Stage 3: submit to St Chad’s College via email (

  • 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 Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.

Successful applicants will also be required to share with the College a copy of their student finance entitlement before the receipt of the scholarship.

Scholarship applications accepted from: 1 October 2023

Deadline for submission of applications: 21 April 2024


All eligible applications for the Shattock Family Scholarships will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, reference and academic status by two members of College staff at St Chad’s College. The financial and personal information you provide will be treated with 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 in April 2024. This interview will be with two members of College staff.


For further information:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 3357