First person in UK to receive an esports scholarship from Roehampton University is a high elo League of Legends player

Last year the University of Roehampton began offering esports scholarships - the first of their kind in the UK.

The London university said it would award scholarships worth £1,500 a year to support up to ten students on any of its courses at any level, whether undergraduate or postgraduate.

Now it's announced the first student who has been granted an esports scholarship.

Julia Cwierz - a Diamond League of Legends player who has played in the NUEL and is studying law - announced the news on Twitter:

Esports News UK asked Julia about receiving the scholarship and if it's her ambition to become a pro gamer or pursue another career in esports.

She told us: "The award is given to students who demonstrate aptitude in esports as well as high academic results. It’s very new at the moment and has a financial reward which can be used for gaming expenses such as training and computer set up. At the moment I’m a diamond player but hopefully with the scholarship this will improve!

"For me, esports and video games are my hobbies. I study Law in hopes of becoming a solicitor. Being a professional esports player sounds amazing but it’s not my goal.

"The scholarship indeed helps a lot if someone plans on becoming a professional gamer. However it’s also open to those who simply want to improve themselves."

Students applying for the scholarship are require to 'demonstrate aptitude in the field' and display their commitment to esports alongside successful academic progression.

Roehampton University also has an esports society and a gaming gaming room, allowing students to create content and livestreams on the likes of Twitch and YouTube.

The deadline to apply for an esports scholarship at the university this year was January 15th. However, Roehampton has now opened a second round of applications with a deadline of March 31st.

 

"The scholarship indeed helps a lot if someone plans on becoming a professional gamer. However it’s also open to those who simply want to improve themselves."

 

Liam Hurley, director of strategy and communications at the university, said: "At Roehampton, we have a strong emphasis on helping our students develop the confidence, knowledge and skills the need for a successful graduate career, and we provide a wide range of opportunities for them to develop their interests beyond their course of study.

"Engaging our students in esports, and in associated activities such as streaming and the creation of original creative content, helps provide them with the skills – teamwork, creativity and confidence – they need to do well in whatever career they choose."

More and more universities are getting involved with esports in the UK. Last year Staffordshire University became the first in the UK to offer a degree in esports, and many others are following suit.

Last week, a consortium including ESL UK, The University of York and others was awarded £4m in government funding to create new "immersive audience experiences" for esports fans, including experimenting with VR, AR, AI and 4K technologies.

5 Responses

  1. x9 this noob support
    • Was pretty obvious this kinda reply would come from a yasuo. There are enough females that play, even in higher elos. People like you just aren't willing to accept that.
  2. Goddamn Janna mains takin all our jobs.
  3. Red
    A diamond player getting a scholarship????????? I guess that's why Roehampton never win anything
  4. "High elo" Guarentee shes D4, D5 pre rank minirework for the past 5 seasons might i add.

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