£54,000 scholarship for Christ’s Hospital student

Christ's Hospital student Rory has won a full scholarship to the first year of entry of the New College of Humanities in London
Christ's Hospital student Rory has won a full scholarship to the first year of entry of the New College of Humanities in London

A Christ’s Hospital student has won a £54,000 scholarship to a new independent college in London.

Rory Keddie, 18, has attained a full scholarship to the first year of entry at the New College of Humanities (NCH) - a new educational institution in the capital which usually charges £18,000 a year.

Rory’s impressive knowledge of history and philosophy meant he sailed through a gruelling interview and examination process and is now one of just seven people awarded the scholarship free of charge.

Said the final year student: “I was so pleased when I first found out about the scholarship. It was a long process from initially finding out about the college to being awarded the scholarship but it was certainly all worth it.”

The boarder at Christ’s Hospital School, who lives in Barns Green, will be studying the NCH Diploma with Philosophy.

He discovered the opportunity when pupils in the year below him were given a talk about the new college.

“I spoke to them and thought it sounded interesting so thought I’d check it out and went along to an open day.

“I had an hour-long interview and written work where I was given a history source and had 25 minutes to read through and then they asked me questions. It was very challenging!

“They had about 400 applications and they have awarded 91 places so far. They are trying to build it up to about 1,000 over three years so they want about 200 for the first year.”

NCH, located in the leaft Bloomsbury area of London, was launched in June 2011 and applications began this year.

The college claims it will only recruit the highest calibre of students who will receive lectures from leading academics including AC Grayling and Richard Dawkins and one-to-one tutorials with the College’s permanent academic staff. The tuition price at the college is twice the upper limit for public universities in England but a fifth of students will receive financial support.

Professor Grayling has said to BBC News that the humanities are ‘very very important’.

“In addition to a degree in the humanities... we are also requiring all our students to study logic and critical thinking, science literacy and applied ethics,” he commented.

Rory will move to London in September this year to begin his exciting yet somewhat daunting adventure.

“I’m feeling good although a little bit apprehensive because it’s the first year but it’s so secure and the people teaching there are so passionate so it will be exciting to be able to be a part of it.”