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Priorities for the UWE Bursary

UWE Bristol is dedicated to supporting students who need financial help the most. We have prioritised our bursaries to cater to students with little or no family support, with childcare costs, caring responsibilities and those on a low income. This information is for new students beginning courses in the 2017/18 academic year.

Supporting students who need financial help the most

80 enhanced bursaries of £2,000 will be allocated to eligible first year students who:

  • are care leavers
  • are estranged from their parents
  • have caring responsibilities for a disabled or ill family member and
  • have an income of below £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance England in order to be eligible.

We will ask you to provide documentary evidence of your circumstances. These 80 Enhanced Bursaries are part of the UWE Cares support package.

Please note: We can only allocate one bursary per student. Successful applicants will only receive one type of bursary, even if they meet the criteria for all three.

UWE Cares bursary definitions

Care leavers

You will qualify (whatever your age is now), if you have:

  • been in care for three months between the ages of 11 to 16 and/or
  • lived in supported housing from the ages of 16 to 18 and
  • not returned to live with your parents since.

Find out more about the support and funding available to care leavers as part of the UWE Cares Package of Support.

Estranged students

You will qualify if you:

  • are permanently estranged from your parents (ie you have no contact with them) and can show that this has lasted for at least a year
  • are under 25 years of age.

Find out more about support and funding available to estranged students as part of the UWE Cares Package of Support.

Carers

You will qualify if you provide regular and significant daily care to a disabled or ill family member. It is expected that you will be living at the same address as the person to whom you provide care at the date of your UCAS application. However, you can still qualify for this bursary even if you move away from home to study at UWE Bristol. We understand that even though you have moved away from your relative, you are still likely to need to travel home regularly. 

The person that you provide care for must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit that includes a disability premium as part of the assessment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Tax Credits that include a disability element.

Find out more about the support and funding available to carers as part of the UWE Cares Package of Support.

Other bursaries

Childcare

150 childcare bursaries of £2,000 will be allocated to eligible first year students who are:

  • Registered on one of the following courses:
  • BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children’s)
    BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult Nursing)
    BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)
    BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
    BSc(Hons) Midwifery
    BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy
    BSc(Hons) Paramedic Sciences
    BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
    BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • with an income as assessed by Student Finance England of below £25,000
  • who have one or more dependent children.

Please note: We can only allocate one bursary per student. Successful applicants will receive one type of bursary only, even if they meet the criteria for all three.

Low income

1,300 low income bursaries will be allocated to eligible first year students who:

  • do not qualify for the Enhanced Bursary or the Childcare Bursary
  • whose household income (as assessed by Student Finance England) is below £25,000.

Find out more about the income assessment for full-time students.

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