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The Hild Bede Postgraduate Education Scholarship



How can we help you?

Are you applying to study for postgraduate study in Education at Durham? Could you benefit from an annual scholarship for up to two years worth £1500 to support you in your studies or future career development? Have you ambition and passion for education and can show us that our support would make a real difference to what you can do in your studies and beyond? Then you might want to consider applying for the Hild Bede Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Scholarship

This scholarship (originally the Gerald Collier Schoolteacher Scholarship) was established in 1999 by former Senior Men of the College of the Venerable Bede in memory of Gerald Collier, who was Principal of the College from 1958 to 1975, and who died in 1998.

Bede was a Constituent College of the University and students could read for the full range of degrees, but it was primarily a Teacher Training College. Gerald Collier made a significant contribution to the training and education of teachers for over half a century. His background of teaching in both independent and state schools, as well as his experience as a wartime industrial chemist, gave him practical knowledge of both classroom and industry. He was keen on the development of technological support in the classroom. For example, Bede was one of the first Teacher Training Colleges to introduce specialist courses in film and television. During his time at Durham, much of Gerald Collier's effort was focused on modernising the College educationally, socially and physically. In so doing, Bede gained a reputation for excellence both within and beyond the United Kingdom.

The College of St Hild & St Bede

The College of St Hild & St Bede is one of Durham’s oldest and most established Colleges created in its current form by the coming together of the St Hild’s College and Bede College in the 1970s. We have a long tradition of association with education both the founding Colleges have roots in teacher training. We hold learning and development of our students in order to enhance the flourishing of others close to our heart even now. Located on the hill above the river Wear we are a community of around 400 students who live-in and 1400 in total spanning all subjects and levels of studies. We have a lively postgraduate community or over 100 students. Our Student Representative Council (SRC) is a unique student body, which represents both under- and past-graduates.  The College boasts over 40 clubs and societies supporting the arts, sports, volunteering and much, much more.  Becoming a Hild Bede Postgraduate scholarship holder is an opportunity to join this remarkable community. 


The scholarship supports students on postgraduate degrees in the School of Education, which is mainly based in part of the former Bede College.

Applicants for an award should be applying for or have received an offer of a place on one of the School of Education’s Masters or Doctoral programmes, part-time or full-time. Scholarships will only be awarded where an offer in confirmed and a place to study taken up. 

Applicants will be expected either to have applied to the College of St Hild and St Bede or be willing to transfer to the College should their application be successful.


The value of an award will be £1,500 per annum for up to two years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. There may be more than one award made in a year. Equally, the Committee, which will comprise representative of both College and the School of Education, may decide to make no award.


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Application and selection

Application should be made using the form below. The information that you provide reflects the criteria that we will apply to select candidates for the scholarship. We are looking especially for ambition and passion for education and to provide support where it makes a real difference to what you can do in your studies and beyond.

Contribution to College

Successful applicant(s) will have the opportunity to contribute to a number of activities allied to College support to education. These may include the following:

  • Informing, supporting or advising undergraduates thinking of applying for a PGCE course, or PGCE students applying for their first school post. This could, for example, take the form of a seminar or advice session.
  • Speaking about their research or experiences of education at a College Senior Common Room Postgraduate Symposium held in the year(s) of their award.
  • Writing a short piece to appear in one of the College's publications, on our website or other social media outputs.

If you have any questions about the above and to request an application form, please contact the Principal’s Secretary, Mrs Julie Blake on 0191 33 48531 or via email

The application form and accompanying letter should arrive in College no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 30th June in the year of application to the School of Education. It is anticipated that the Awards Committee will make a decision in mid-August.

Thank you for your interest in both the postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Education and this Scholarship.