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Belfast Metropolitan College Charitable Trust

Belfast Metropolitan College Charitable Trust was launched in 2006 to mark the centenary of further education in Belfast. Over the past 100 years, Belfast Metropolitan College has received a number of donations from former students and benefactors. The Trust was established to manage these funds and to secure further funding which will be used to support Belfast Met and develop opportunities and facilities for students.

The Big Idea - Now open for applications - closing date Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 12 noon.

Students of the Belfast Met College have a chance to share £10,000 worth of cash by submitting their Big Ideas.

Through its “Bid Idea” Scheme, the Trust selects talented, committed students and awards financial support to enable them to develop their ideas and provides them with the opportunity to share £10,000 worth of cash by submitting their “Big Ideas”.


Our three competition categories of Commercial, Social and Creative mean that you can enter any type of idea, whether it's:

  • Commercial: Innovative ideas for a business.
  • Social: Ideas to enhance the wellbeing of local communities and people who need it most. 
  • Creative: Ideas for transforming the way we see the world, making new connections and producing new products, services or processes.

The Big Idea is open to all students of Belfast Metropolitan College - from all courses. You can enter individually or group together with friends as a team of up to 4 people.

Applicants must:

  • Be a registered student of Belfast Metropolitan College.
  • Have met all assessment and financial responsibilities relating to their course.
  • Be at least 16 years old by the date of the proposed activity.
  • Be an EU citizen and / or hold legal residency status.

Checks will be made to ensure that the above eligibility criteria are met.

Those who are successful will receive support from the Trust to refine and develop their Big Idea and will receive an award of up to £4,000.

Guidelines and Application Forms

If you are interested in entering our Big Idea Competition 2018 or just want to find out more, download the linked Big Idea Application Guidelines notes and the Big Idea Application Form or email BigIdea[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk 

Download the Big Idea Application Form

 Download the Big Idea Application Guidelines

Scholarship Scheme - The Scheme for 17-18 is now closed and awards have been made.

Through its Scholarship Scheme, the Trust selects talented, committed students and awards financial support to enable them to develop and enhance their experience and skills; thus helping to build a highly skilled workforce for Northern Ireland. Since it began the Trust has enhanced the career and life experience of over 150 College students. 

The scholarship scheme is designed to give Belfast Met students the opportunity to gain life changing industry training, work experience and knowledge in your chosen subject of study. Whether fashion and design, technology or catering, the Trust is here to support our students by providing an opportunity to access an award between £500 and £1,500.

Here’s some examples of successful student applications funded/part-funded by Belfast Met Trust:
• Attend a week’s work experience at a two star Michelin restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
• Attend a two week course on Prosthetic & SFX Make-up in Media City Salford.
• Travel to Fiji to participate in a Marine Conservation Program.
• Attend a four day Costume and Set Design Course in Wimbledon College, London.
• Travel to Italy to explore the culture and gain inspiration for Design Project.

It’s your call “get sorted” and make an application to the Trust! 

To find out more about Belfast Met Charitable Trust email: jmcandrew[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk

Mentoring Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to ensure that College students from various backgrounds of disadvantage or multiple disadvantage receive the additional support measures they require to overcome their circumstances and successfully complete their programme of study. The scheme welcomes applications for support from those students who are: 

  • Care experienced
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Single or young parents
  • Criminal justice experienced
  • Carers themselves

Students are referred to the Inclusive Learning Centre for an assessment of their additional support needs. 
A key feature of this scheme is the engagement of a Learning Support Mentor who is financed by the Belfast Met Charitable Trust. 

The role of the Learning Support Mentor is to support their assigned student with the organisation and management of their work to ensure that they meet course deadlines and course work schedules which may be under threat because of the nature of the particular challenges that they face.