Bursary in Computer Science at Christ Church

Computer science students at Christ Church, along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee (third from left) and Professor Yarin Gal (fourth from left).Christ Church is leading a major expansion of the University of Oxford’s undergraduate teaching in Computer Science.

With a long tradition of scholarship in mathematics and the sciences, it has recently opened its doors to students taking Computer Science degrees as well. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, holds a senior research position at Christ Church. Our new Computer Science tutor is Professor Yarin Gal, with additional teaching provided by Dr Irwin Zaid, and we also have three graduate students in Computer Science.

To celebrate our commitment to Computer Science Christ Church is offering a one-off bursary to support a Computer Science undergraduate throughout his/her three-year BA degree, covering fees and living costs. The Paterson Computer Science bursary will be offered to a student beginning his or her studies in October 2020 at Christ Church, taking straight Computer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, or Mathematics and Computer Science. The funds will offer a bursary of £15,000 per year to cover living expenses, in addition to paying the full current UK/EU fees, for three years. The beneficiary will also be able to apply for additional sums, of up to £2,500 per year, towards travel expenses and summer internships or courses.

We are delighted to be able to support a student and mark the establishment of Christ Church as a centre of excellence in Computer Science in this way, thanks to the generous support of Mr Sean Paterson.

Further details:

There will be no separate application process; students will be admitted in the usual way and the award will be made after arrival. This one-off bursary will be awarded to a UK or EU student for three years, as long as the student remains in good academic standing (i.e. is not subject to disciplinary procedures). The student will be selected on the basis of household income (based on the Student Loans Agency figures), and/or widening participation flags; the student’s profile within an under-represented category (in relation to the Computer Science intake over the last three years) may also be taken into account. Any students considering applications to the University of Oxford should be aware that generous provision for student support is available for all undergraduate degree courses across the collegiate university, through the Crankstart Scholarships (formerly Moritz-Heyman Scholarships) and the Oxford Bursary Scheme (see https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/oxford-support). Christ Church’s Paterson Computer Science bursary cannot be held in conjunction with these other forms of support. Applicants should be aware that not all students get their first-choice college, and that additional provision for financial support (beyond the central schemes just mentioned) varies between colleges.