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What is the UWE Bursary?

This information is for new students beginning courses in the 2018/19 academic year.

UWE Bristol spends millions each year supporting undergraduate students with our generous bursary scheme. 2,730 new undergraduate students will receive a bursary in 2018/19.

Since the scheme started, we have paid a bursary to over 5,500 eligible students to support with the cost of studying.

How does the bursary scheme work?

Each year the bursary scheme that we offer varies slightly, although we always allocate based on specific criteria.

  • We pay both new and returning students a bursary each year.
  • We assess first year students over the summer and during the first term of their first year at the University. We inform students of the outcome of our assessment during the first term.
  • We pay returning students a bursary payment each year as long as they were awarded a bursary in their first year (and subject to completion of registration checks). We will not reassess students, so if you did not receive the bursary in your first year then we will not reassess in subsequent years. View more details for returning students.

The 2018 bursary policies will be available soon.

Who is eligible to be assessed for the UWE Bursary?

We will assess new undergraduate first year students for the UWE Bursary. 

You will need to meet a number of eligibility criteria in order for the University to assess you:

  • Students who have an English domicile, are registering on an eligible undergraduate course, and are entitled to apply for funding from Student Finance England will be assessed. View further information about eligibility criteria.
  • New students will be assessed at the start of each academic year.

How many bursaries are there?

We have a limited amount of bursaries to allocate to new first year students each academic year. Assessment and allocation stops once we have allocated all that we have for that particular year.

Do students get paid every year they study?

  • Yes, if you have received a bursary in your first year (and continue to meet the eligibility criteria) then you will continue to get paid in subsequent years of study.
  • Payment will stop once you are no longer registered on an undergraduate course.
  • If you do not qualify for the bursary in your first year of study then you will not be re-assessed in subsequent years.
  • The bursary you receive in your second and third years of study is referred to as the Progression Bursary.

Bursary details for students starting in the 18/19 academic year

The table below details the bursaries available to students who are starting a course with us after September 2018.

What bursaries do we offer? How many do we have to allocate? Eligibility Payment dates  
£500 Low Income Bursary 2,500     
Low income only
(below £25,000)
15 February 2019 
£2,000 Enhanced Bursary 80 Care leavers,
, Estranged students
16 November 2018
15 February 2019
17 May 2019
£2,000  Childcare Bursary 150 Healthcare courses
(Previously NHS-funded full-time undergraduate courses)
16 November 2018
15 February 2019
17 May 2019

Further details for new students starting in 2018/19

View information on the bursary scheme, including the eligibility criteria for students starting their studies at the University in the 18/19 academic year.

The Progression Bursary

The Progression Bursary is payable to students who started their studies in the 2017/18 to 2012/13 academic years.
If you did not receive the bursary in your first year of study then you will not receive the Progression Bursary in subsequent years of study.

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