The Grundy Educational Trust (G.E.T) was established in 1991 to support postgraduate STEM students who need help to fund their maintenance costs. We offer awards to UK citizens or residents looking to take courses which lead to a career in STEM disciplines in industry, commerce or the professions or further education. Our aim is to support and advance education in STEM subjects by providing postgraduate awards and loans to students for research and higher education at institutions across the UK. The trust assets of around £500,000 generate an annual income of around £25,000 which is then available as awards of between £1,200 and £4,500 for post-graduate students. Students can apply for funding if they can show that they are in genuine financial need and have been accepted or provisionally accepted onto a postgraduate programme at one of these universities:

  • Imperial College London
  • The University of Bristol
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Nottingham
  • The University of Southampton
  • The University of Surrey.
How to Apply

Our Trustees

Alicia Hardy (Trust Secretary) has over twenty years experience in law, starting out as a Corporate lawyer, and now as White & Case’s Director of Professional Support leading the Professional Support Lawyer function worldwide and implementing global knowledge management solutions.  Alicia has been a proud trustee of the GET (set up by her late parents) since 2002.  Alicia has two teenage children and spends much of her weekends watching their various sporting activities and, when she is able to, sneaking in a round of golf.

Sophie Carter is Global General Counsel & Company Secretary at Christie’s auction house and mother of three children. She has known the Grundy family since 1991 when she and Alicia used to fall out of pubs together at law school and Alicia’s parents (the founders of the Grundy Trust) would always have an open door, well stocked fridge and barbecue ready for Alicia and her friends.  Sophie has always believed in the power of education to change lives and thus was honoured to be invited to be a trustee in 2012.

Benjamin Buckle joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 having himself been a recipient of a financial award from the Trust in 1998. His award helped him to pursue a successful career in drug development and currently he heads a small team of drug safety specialists for global top 3 drug company.  Ben is a proponent of life-long learning and developing people and when not working is often found climbing and teaching his Scouts outdoors. “’s a source of great personal pride supporting some of our brightest minds investing in their own education for the betterment of UK PLC.”

Mike Hayden (Trust Chairman) was asked to join the GET by the founder Philip Grundy and has been honoured to serve as a Trustee since 2006.  Mike’s interest in STEM subjects goes back to his earlier years when he studied Engineering Science as his degree and when he worked for Vauxhall Motors who sponsored him during his time at university.  After this he joined  a Big Four accountancy firm where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving on to a management consultancy where he progressed through the ranks to be Head of Finance and a member of the senior Management Team.  More recently Mike took on the position of Director of Finance & Administration at an engineering consultancy so, to an extent, returned to his scientific roots. As a father of three girls who all have aspirations to study to degree level, Mike is acutely aware of the financial burden that is placed on university students and is very happy to be helping out through the support that Trust offers.

Ian Shortland is Director for Research and Innovation Integration and Advancement working for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor; at the University of Leeds. He is also the Director responsible for the University’s Corporate Relationships Programme and Major Research Initiatives.  Before joining the HE sector 3 years ago Ian spent his career initially as an engineer in the aerospace and defence sector followed by a big 5 consulting role delivering business transformation and change for FTSE 100 clients.  He went on to set up and sell his own businesses involving 15 acquisitions and performed NED roles with fast growing companies as well as a FTSE 100 subsidiary. Ian has personal experience of challenging educational circumstances and is a great believer in continuous learning. As a member of the Trust Board he is passionate about supporting talented students who are determined to succeed against the odds.