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 is now open to applications. It closes on Friday 12 June 2020, or earlier if funds are spent before this date. If you wish to make an application, please consider applying as soon as you can.

How to apply

You can apply online  via our InfoHub form.

Please read the information in the student guide to the Student Support Fund carefully before submitting an application. You must complete the application in full.

The application process requires that you complete a Blackbullion module. If you completed a module last academic year, you will need to complete a different module this year. We recommend the Budgeting module, but if you have completed this previously, please choose from: Starting University (new students only), 21 Days of Savings, Risk, Debt or Savings.

Once you have completed the application, you will be required to submit your supporting evidence. Your application will not be considered until we receive your evidence. This includes three months of statements for all bank, building society, savings and ISA accounts and a BACS form which will be emailed to you upon submission. There are three stages to the application form: the eligibility checker, the Blackbullion form and the application form itself. Please ensure you complete all three forms.

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.

If you are experiencing exceptional financial hardship which will prevent you from attending or continuing on your course, please contact a Money Adviser.

Summer Fund

The 2019/20 Student Support Fund will open on Monday 16 September 2019 and the 2019/20 Summer Fund will open on Monday 22 June 2020 to support students over the vacation period.

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

You can apply from 2 September via the Short-Term Loan Scheme InfoHub form (login required).

You must complete the application in full. The application process requires that you complete Blackbullion module. If you completed a module last academic year, you will need to complete a different module this year. We recommend the Budgeting module, but if you have completed this previously, please choose from: Starting University (new students only), 21 Days of Savings, Risk, Debt or Savings. 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 from 2 September via the Placement Costs Loan InfoHub form (login required).

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.

Scholarships

Tony Papadopoullos Scholarships

A small number of scholarships are available to selected undergraduate programmes in our Computer Science and Creative Technologies Department. Students may apply if they:

  • achieve a first at the end of year two and
  • if they are in receipt of a UWE Bursary.

These scholarships were established by the Tony Papadopoullos Charitable Trust in memory of Tony, the founder of software specialist company, Apak, now operating as the Apak Group. For more information on how to apply, email development@uwe.ac.uk

Needham Cooper Scholarships

Each year there are two scholarships available to year two Undergraduate Physiotherapy students who are:

  • excelling in their studies and
  • who are engaged with the Physiotherapy programme.

The scholarship was launched by the Needham Cooper Charitable Trust in order to provide financial support for Physiotherapy students. For information on how to apply, email development@uwe.ac.uk

Santander Postgraduate Scholarship

If you are a final year student or you graduated last year from UWE Bristol and you are thinking of going onto postgraduate study at UWE Bristol, you may qualify for a Santander Postgraduate Scholarship. There are five scholarships of £4,000 available, generously supported by Santander Universities. For more information, please visit Santander scholarships.

Wallscourt Scholarships

10 scholarships are available to young people who attended local secondary schools and are considering studying undergraduate courses at UWE Bristol. These scholarships were established by the Wallscourt Foundation, an independent charitable trust which supports education and learning at UWE Bristol. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, please email development@uwe.ac.uk

Katherine Gamboa Scholarship

Two scholarships are available for year two undergraduate students studying Graphic Design who have a household income of less than £25,000. This scholarship was established in memory of Katherine Gamboa, who sadly died whilst studying at UWE Bristol.For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, email development@uwe.ac.uk

Rod Coleman Scholarship

Four scholarships will be available to year two students who achieved a first at the end of their first year of study and who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • first in their family to access higher education
  • in receipt of a bursary
  • UWE Cares
  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity (BAME)
  • disabled.

These scholarships were established in memory of Rod Coleman who was Head of Widening Participation at UWE Bristol and who died in 2005. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, email development@uwe.ac.uk

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.

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