UWE Progression Bursary

Answers to popular questions about the UWE Progression Bursary for continuing students who started their course in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016.

Who is eligible for the UWE Progression Bursary?

If you received a bursary in your first year at UWE Bristol, you will receive a Progression Bursary in subsequent years of your course as long you continue to meet the qualifying criteria for your award. More information is available in the 2017 returning students bursary policy.


Please note: If you did not receive a bursary during the first year that you registered on your course then you will not receive a bursary in subsequent years, course even if your financial situation changes. You can, however, apply for the Learner Support Fund.

What checks are carried out?

Prior to payment, the university will ensure that you are registered, remain on an eligible undergraduate course and that you have a tuition fee loan covering the full cost of your fees from Student Finance England.

How much is the Progression Bursary?

The amount of Progression Bursary you will receive depends on how much you received in your first year.

The amount of progression bursary cannot be increased, even if your financial circumstances have changed since we allocated the bursary to you in your first year.

If you did not receive a bursary in your first year then we cannot pay you a progression bursary in future years. View information about the other financial support available from UWE Bristol.

Please see below for details of your progression bursary payment.

Commencing year of study Bursary amount allocated to you in year 1 Bursary amount you will receive in years 2 and 3
2012 £2,000 £1,000 (paid in three instalments)
2013 £2,000 £1,000 paid in three instalments)
2014 £2,000 £1,000 paid in three instalments)
2014 £500 £500 (paid in one lump sum)
2015 £2,000 £1,000 paid in three instalments)
2015 £500 £250 (paid in one lump sum)
2016 £3,000 £1,000 (paid in three instalments)
2016 £500 £500 (paid in one lump sum)

Full-time students

If you started your studies in September 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 and received the larger bursary then you will receive £1,000 progression bursary in subsequent years of study.

If you started in September 2014 and received the smaller bursary of £500 then you will receive £500 in subsequent years of study.

If you started in September 2015 and received the smaller bursary of £500 then you will receive £250 in subsequent years of study.

If you started in September 2016 and received the smaller bursary of £500 then you will receive £500 in subsequent years of study. 

Part-time students

If you started your studies in 2014, you will receive £500 as a lump sum.

If you started your studies in 2012 or 2013, the amount you receive will depend on how many modules you register for each academic year:

No. of credits Bursary (£) Instalment
30 £250 (minimum) Lump sum
40 £334 Lump sum
50 £416 Lump sum
60 £500 £167 (x2), £116
70 £584 £195 (x2), £194
80 £667 £222 (x2), £223
90+ £750 £250 (x 3)

Do I need to re-apply for the Progression Bursary?

No, there is no application required. As long as you received the bursary in your first year, then you will automatically receive it again. If you did not receive the bursary in your first year then we are unable to asses you now. 

Will I receive a Progression Bursary each year?

Please see the table below for details of the maximum award available by course type.

Type of course Progression Bursaries available Maximum award
Foundation degree 2 £2,000
3 year degree 3 £3,000
Sandwich degree 4 £4,000
Architecture 7 £7,000

Please note: Once the maximum award has been reached, no further Progression Bursaries will be paid even if you have not completed your course.

How and when will the bursary be paid in 2016/17?

Your bursary will be paid directly into your bank account.

Lump sum payments (relating to the smaller bursary)

If you receive the bursary as a lump sum, this will be paid on February 17 2017.

Instalment payments (relating to the larger bursary)

The bursary will be paid in three instalments; one each term:

  • 18 November 2016
  • 17 February 2017
  • 19 May 2017.

The bursary will be paid on the following dates during the 2017/18 academic year:

  • 17 November 2017
  • 16 February 2018
  • 18 May 2018.

Please note: We will attempt to make payment into your bank account. If we do not have your bank details then a cheque will be produced. If you have any debt to the university then a cheque will be automatically produced.

We will contact you to collect bank details if we do not have them on file from previous payments.

If I am on placement or a study abroad year will I still get my bursary?

Yes, as long as you have a fee loan from Student Finance England to cover the fees you are being charged while you are on placement/study abroad then you will get the bursary.


If you are paying the fees yourself or have sponsorship for the cost of your tuition fees then you will not be eligible for the bursary, even if you have received it in previous years.

I need a letter confirming my bursary entitlement as I am applying for help with NHS charges.

The UWE Progression Bursary should be ignored when calculating exemption from NHS charges. To request a letter, please email the Bursary team at uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk quoting your student number along with your address details and we will produce your letter.

My question isn't covered on this page. Who can I talk to in order to find out more about the UWE Bursary?

Please email the Bursary team at uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk. Please make sure that you include your student number in all correspondence and we will respond to your query as soon possible.

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