Financial support from UWE Bristol

As well as the UWE Bursary, there are a number of UWE Bristol funds to support postgraduate and undergraduate study. The funds outlined below are usually only available to students who have enrolled on their course.

Funds for UWE Bristol students

Below is a brief outline of each fund, who is eligible to apply, and how to apply. Please note that demand for all funds is high and not all applications will be successful. Once funds are exhausted, no further payments will be made.

UWE Student Support Fund (formerly Learner Support Fund)

The 2018/19 Student Support Fund is now closed to applications. The Summer Fund will open to applications from current students from midday on Friday 21 June 2019.

If you are experiencing exceptional financial hardship which will prevent you from attending or continuing on your course, please email with details of your situation.

Summer Fund

UWE Bristol will provide funds to support home (UK) undergraduate or postgraduate students during the summer 2019 vacation.

When is the Summer Fund available?

The Summer Fund is now open for new applications. Funds are limited and demand is usually high, so we would recommend eligible students apply as soon as possible.

Eligible students

Eligible groups for the fund are returning home (UK) students who are unable to work because they are:

  • looking after dependants (adult or child)
  • ill or disabled
  • re-sitting examinations/coursework
  • attending UWE Bristol during the summer period or on a compulsory unpaid non-NHS placement or completing dissertation
  • on an NHS placement outside the standard course programme
  • confirmed as a care leaver, carer or estranged by UWE Cares
  • final year home (UK) students re-sitting examinations/coursework.

Ineligible students

You cannot apply for the fund if you fall into any of the below categories:

  • Students with a 52-week NHS bursary or 42 weeks or more of SF funding (Midwifery and some Nursing students only). If you are experiencing exceptional financial hardship, please contact us at with details of your situation.
  • Students who haven't taken out all of the funding available to them during the 2018/19 academic year, i.e. student finance maintenance loan
  • EU/Offshore/International students
  • Students who have completed their course (even if you are starting a new one in September)
  • Part-time students, unless you have to attend UWE Bristol over the summer or have childcare costs incurred in order to maintain the place
  • Students unable to secure work over the vacation, unless you satisfy one of the other eligibility criteria.

Applications and supporting evidence

You can submit an online application via the Summer Fund InfoHub form.

Once you have completed the online form, you will be required to submit your supporting evidence. A full list of the evidence required and a BACS payment form will be emailed to you once you have submitted your application form. Evidence will include three months of recent statements for all bank, building society, savings and ISA accounts. We will not be able to process your application until we receive your supporting evidence and BACS form.

The application process requires that you complete the Blackbullion budgeting module, if you haven’t already done so during the academic year. The module is designed to help you create and stick to a budget and make the most of your money. It takes around 20 minutes to complete.

If you need any further guidance, please contact us at or on +44(0)117 32 85678.

Emergency Fund

This fund is used to make awards to EU and international students who have experienced substantial and unforeseen financial hardship since the start of the academic year.

The limited size of the fund means that students in even the most severe hardship are unlikely to receive more than £1,000. To discuss your eligibility, please email with a brief outline of your circumstances.

Student Hardship Grant

The UWE Bristol Fund can provide Student Hardship Grants of up to £500 to help students facing unexpected financial problems or additional expenses to remain on their course.

Short-Term Loan Scheme

The Short-Term Loan Scheme is provided by the University to help students who find themselves with a temporary cash-flow problem during the academic year, including delayed funding. The loan is interest-free, and is due for repayment within 30 days of receipt.

If your loan is agreed we will lend an amount to cover your immediate essential living costs, for example £50 per week for a single student (this can be increased to cover other costs ie childcare/travel).

Please note that short-term loans are not issued during the summer vacation. Students experiencing serious hardship during this period should contact a Money Adviser.

Before you apply

Please note the following:

  • Short-term loans are only available after the official start date of your course, and only if you have registered either provisionally or in full on your course.
  • Loans are not normally given during the final two months of study at the University.
  • Loans may not be offered if you already have an outstanding debt to the University, or if you have defaulted on a previous short-term loan.
  • Loans are not offered to students who have other sources of funding available to them (including the use of bank funds to within £100 of any agreed limit, including overdrafts).
  • Students will need to repay their loan within 30 days. If you are unable to repay during this period, please contact the Funds Team.
  • Unless you have the means to repay the loan, your application will not be successful.

How to apply

You can apply from Monday 3 September 2018 via the Short-Term Loan Scheme InfoHub form (login required).

You must complete the application in full. The application process requires that you complete the Blackbullion ‘budgeting’ module, which is designed to help you create and stick to a budget, and make the most of your money. Once you have completed the form, you will be required to submit your supporting evidence as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered until we have received your evidence and confirmed that you have passed the Blackbullion module.

If you need any guidance or experience problems with the online application, please contact us at or on +44(0)117 32 85678.

Placement Costs Loan

If your course requires you to attend placements for which you are able to claim reimbursement of the travel and/or accommodation costs, you may be eligible to apply for a placement costs loan.

A loan for placement costs is interest free and is usually repayable in 120 days. You can borrow up to the value of your claim for reimbursement. Please ensure that you submit your claim for reimbursement regularly during your placement if possible, so that you can repay the loan when funds are received.

How to apply

You can apply online via the Placement Costs Loan InfoHub form (login required) from Monday 3 September 2018.

You must complete the application in full. Once you have completed the form, you will be required to submit your supporting evidence as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered until we have received your evidence.

If you need any guidance or experience problems with the online application, please contact us at or on +44(0)117 32 85678.

Tuition fee and debt remission

There are three discretionary schemes to support students facing exceptional financial circumstances and they each have their own eligibility criteria:

  • Tuition fee remission: for international or postgraduate students
  • Fee waiver: for students who have incurred fee liability due to exceptional personal circumstances (eg terminal illness or bereavement)
  • Debt write-off: for former students who have exceptional personal circumstances and long-term financial hardship

See our Waiver Policy for further details, including eligibility and how to apply.

UWE Bristol Go Global Bursary

The Go Global Bursary gives you the chance to apply for funding to help you undertake any of the following types of overseas opportunities*

  • A placement
  • An internship
  • Work experience
  • A volunteering opportunity

 *terms and conditions apply.

Find out more about the UWE Go Global Bursary.

MSc Science Communication Bursary

The Science Communication Unit are able to offer a bursary for 2019 which will part-fund a place on their MSc Science Communication. The value of the bursary is £1,500.

To apply for the bursary, you must have applied for the MSc Science Communication by Friday 7 June 2019 and be wishing to start the course in September 2019. Only those who have been or who are in the process of being offered a conditional or unconditional full-time place will be considered eligible.The bursary may only be used on the Science Communication courses offered at UWE Bristol.

Find out more about the MSc Science Communication bursary.

Any questions?

If you have a query about any of the funds listed above or require advice on what to provide with the application, please email or call the team on +44 (0)117 32 85678.

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