retailTRUST & Hammerson offer support to students

Students facing hardship this year due to COVID-19 will be offered financial help through a new bursary scheme.

Trade charity the retailTRUST and property company Hammerson plc are joining forces to support students from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Students on fashion and retail-related courses at GCU will be able to apply for one-off grants of £1,000 through the scheme. Many have already lost their part-time jobs due to the crisis. It is hoped that these one-off grants will ease some of the pressure.

The retailTRUST and Hammerson already provides seed funding and scholarships to young entrepreneurs at GCU as part of an ongoing partnership with the university in Glasgow and London.

Jillian Watt, Director of the GCU Foundation, said: “The retailTRUST bursary scheme is very welcome in this extremely challenging climate, and we are grateful for this generous and valued support.”

Amy Prendergast, Director of Change, People and Learning at retailTRUST, said: "We are proud to be part of this innovative partnership with GCU and Hammerson plc.

"At this time of crisis, we recognise that there will be more students than ever experiencing financial adversity, and through the provision of bursaries, our goal is to deliver assistance directly to where there is a need.”

James Rogers, Community Manager at Hammerson plc, added: “We are very aware of the difficulties students are facing at this time as a result of many factors, including lack of job opportunities. 

"We are glad to help make a positive impact in such a challenging environment."‚Äč

If you are a second, third or fourth year student studying on one of the following courses and would like to apply for a bursary award then please download an application form via this link and return the completed form to We encourage applications from students with an interest in the retail sector.  Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 9th July.

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business
  • BA (Hons) International Fashion Branding
  • BA (Hons) International Fashion Business
  • BA (Hons) International Marketing