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

The Student Support Fund is a significant fund provided by UWE Bristol to support UK undergraduate and postgraduate students who may need extra financial support to remain in higher education.

The 2019/20 Student Support Fund opens to applications from Monday 16 September 2019 and closes on Friday 12 June 2020, or earlier if funds are exhausted before then.

Applications

Applications are made through an Infohub form, which will be available via a link on this webpage from 16 September 2019. An application will only be assessed once the following three criteria are met:

  • The online application form is completed in full and submitted.
  • The student has completed an appropriate module on Blackbullion and achieved an 100% pass mark on the Final Challenge, if applicable.
  • Supporting evidence is provided.

We will not look at the application until all of these criteria are met.

Processing applications

Applications to the Student Support Fund are processed by the Funds Team.

Once the application is submitted and evidence is received by the Funds Team, the application will go into a queue. It will then be looked at within 20 working days.

The applicant will then be notified of the decision or any further information we need by email to their UWE Bristol email address (ending @uwe.ac.uk).

Applications are processed in line with the rules of the Student Support Fund, which are decided by the Funds Team in agreement with the Funds Team Manager and informed by the guidelines produced by the National Association of Student Money Advisers.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

  • fully registered on their course
  • a UK 'Home' student (see determining your fee status for more information on fee status)
  • on a UWE Bristol course, or a fully franchised course at a partner institution
  • receiving all the student funding they are entitled to
  • on an eligible course – generally this includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses which are eligible for Student Finance funding. If you’re unsure if your course is eligible, you can email sms@uwe.ac.uk to find out.

Priority groups

The priority groups for the Student Support Fund are:

Priority group students are likely to receive a higher award than other students. However, other eligible students can still apply to the fund and receive support, and being in a priority group doesn’t guarantee an award.

Summer Fund

Due to exceptionally high demand, the Summer Fund is now closed to applications. The 2019/20 Student Support Fund will open on 16 September 2019.

EU/International 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 sms@uwe.ac.uk 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 £70 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

The Short-Term Loan Scheme is currently closed to applications. You will be able to apply via an Infohub application form once the scheme opens again on 2 September 2019.

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 sms@uwe.ac.uk 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 here from Monday 2 September 2019.

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 sms@uwe.ac.uk 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 sms@uwe.ac.uk or call the team on +44 (0)117 32 85678.

Back to top