Nancy Langhorne Astor Scholarships Trust Bursaries
Lady Nancy Langhorne Astor

Nancy Langhorne Astor Scholarships Trust Bursaries

The University of Plymouth is committed to helping students to develop personally and enhance their employability skills through a wide range of extra-curricular experiences.

The Nancy Langhorne Astor Scholarships Trust is providing generous financial support for students each academic year relating to their interests in the care and education of young children (0 - 8 years). 

Successful applications in previous years have funded Makaton Training, First Aid Training, Forest School Training, Introductory Courses in Play Therapy and Forest School Leadership as well as study trips and certain costs associated with research activity.

Lady Nancy Langhorne Astor

Lady Nancy Langhorne Astor

The Nancy Langhorne Astor Trust 

The trust was set up by her children following her death in 1964 and has been used to support the higher education aspirations of Plymouth citizens ever since. The current trustees are pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Plymouth and wish to encourage and support students wanting to work as professionals within the early years.

Nancy Langhorne Astor

Nancy Langhorne Astor entered politics in 1919 and was the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons serving as MP for Plymouth Sutton until her retirement from politics in 1945. In 1939 her husband Waldorf was elected Lord Mayor of Plymouth and supported by Nancy they served the city for five years during the second world war.

During Nancy’s parliamentary career she gained attention as someone who championed temperance, women's rights and benefits for children. Nancy supported the development of nursery schools for London's poor children, a project organised by Margaret McMillan. In addition to her usual philanthropic fundraising, she led ministerial delegations for the Nursery School Association, made speeches in parliament and in 1934 published a memorandum calling for the universal provision of nursery schools.

At the heart of her ‘women’s’ politics was a concern with poor households, a subject on which she was far more radical than most in her party at the time. She was passionate about housing and with Waldorf’s capital, built model homes for the poor of Plymouth (Mount Gould). She was also preoccupied with the education of the poor, sharing the McMillan sisters’ vision of nursery schools as a route out of ill-health and poverty. As well as founding some nurseries, she helped the McMillan sisters to establish a training college for nursery school teachers.    

Nancy Astor: the first woman to sit in the House of Commons 1919-1945 (UK Parliament)

On 28 November 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as MP for Plymouth Sutton.

This film gives an insight into her interests and achievements and includes first-hand accounts from those who knew her.

Eligibility criteria

According to the terms of the trust agreement applicants should normally:

  • Be studying within the Plymouth Institute of Education.
  • Be enrolled on one of the following programmes:
    BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
    BEd (Hons) Primary (Early Childhood Studies)
    PGCE Primary (Early Years) 
  • Be under the age of 25 years on the date of their application.

Travel and other expenses deemed part of a student’s programme requirements are not eligible for a bursary. An applicant may receive only one bursary during the period of their studies.