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Brunel University London Bursary (BULB) terms and conditions 2018/9

1. Award details

The Brunel University London Bursary (BULB) is a cash award available to full-time Home fee paying students beginning undergraduate courses at Brunel University London and aims to support students from low income households who are either from a Local Borough school/college or from a Low Participation Neighbourhood.

Value:  

£1,000 in Year 1       

£2,000 in Year 2       

£3,000 in Year 3 of a full time course (or Year 4 of an undergraduate sandwich course)

£1,000 in Year 4 of a full time integrated Master programme (or Year 5 of a sandwich Integrated Masters programme)

The Bursary will be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

The bursary is not payable in the Placement year. Students receiving the BULB will be automatically eligible for an unpaid placement Bursary if they take an unpaid placement.

How many: 208 bursaries are available. 8 bursaries are funded by alumni donations, the remaining bursaries will be funded by the University. 

Application process: There is no separate application, all students will be considered for the bursary automatically based on the information supplied in their course application. Awards will be made by the Allocation Panel in early September, following publication of the UK A Level examination results.

Scholarship holders may be expected to represent Brunel throughout their time at the University and to participate occasionally in various promotional activities to help promote the University. Scholarship winners will be contacted by the Development and Alumni Relation Office as and when participation is required.

2.  Eligibility

The bursary will be awarded to those applicants who meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must hold an offer of a place on a full time Undergraduate course (including placement routes and undergraduate integrated Masters programmes). This includes offers made through UCAS Clearing and Adjustment.
  • Offer must be for level 1 (year 1) of the course. Foundation students will also be considered eligible, but if awarded bursary payments will not begin until the student progresses to level 1 (year 1). This means no payments will be made during level 0 (foundation year).
  • Offer must be ‘Unconditional Firm’ (UF) by the date the Allocation Panel make their awards (i.e. applicant must have met all offer conditions and firmly accepted the place).
  • Must commence the course in the upcoming academic year (applicants for deferred entry will be considered for a bursary in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application). 
  • Must be classed as a Home fee paying student.
  • Must be ordinarily resident in the UK (includes those living in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland).
  • Must have consented to the sharing of data submitted to the Student Loans Company.
  • Must come from a low income household (£25,000 pa or less, as defined in the ‘Eligibility Definitions’ below)

AND must meet at least one of the following under-represented criteria (as defined in the 'Eligibility Definitions' below):

  • Attend a Local Borough School or College (as defined in the ‘Eligibility Definitions’ below).
  • Be resident in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’ (as defined in the ‘Eligibility Definitions’ below).
  • To check if you live in a low participation neighbourhood use the post code checker on our website.  

Where the number of applicants who meet the criteria exceeds the number of bursaries available, the number of points scored from the under-represented criteria will be taken into consideration (as detailed in the ‘General Terms and Conditions’ below).

Bursaries will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

Those not eligible for this Bursary

  • Applicants classed as Overseas, European (HEU) or Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fees purposes, or with an unresolved fee status.
  • Applicants entering a course at level 2 or level 3 will not be considered for any scholarship or bursary. 
  • Applicants entering a course with London Brunel International College (LBIC), or who are progressing to a Brunel course from an LBIC course.
  • Applicants entering a course with the Brunel Language Centre.
  • Applicants who will not commence their course in the upcoming academic year - applicants holding offers for deferred entry will be considered for a bursary in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application. 

 

b. Eligibility Definitions

Low Income

Those with an annual residual household income of £25,000 or less. [Residual income is the household income before tax and after any pension contributions or allowances for dependent children.] For full time students, a full financial assessment must have been carried out by the relevant Award Authority (Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland) and agreement must have been given by the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data. This assessment must have been completed at the time of bursary allocation and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure this has been completed by the Award Authority. 

Low Participation Neighbourhoods

Postcodes classified as ‘POLAR 4, Quintile 1’ by HESA – ‘those wards with the lowest participation for entering Higher Education’. For further information, see the HESA websitehttp://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/

To check if you live in a low participation neighbourhood use the post code checker on our website.

Local Borough Schools   and Colleges

Those who completed Key Stage 5 in one of the schools and colleges in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon or Hounslow. 

Level of Study

Level 0 = Foundation year

Level 1 = Year 1

Level 2 = Year 2 (or Year 3 of a sandwich   course)

Level 3 = Year 3 (or Year 4 of a sandwich   course)

Level 5 = Year 4 of an Integrated Masters   programme (or

                   Year 5 of an Integrated   Masters sandwich programme)

c. Proof of Eligibility

  • To evidence ‘Low Income’, full time students must have provided the relevant Award Authority (Student Finance      England/Wales/Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland) with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment to have been carried out prior to the allocation of bursaries in early September, and consent from the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data. Brunel will use the result of that assessment to confirm ‘Low Income’ eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the Award Authority have fully carried out the income assessment prior to bursaries being allocated or confirmed in early September.
  • To evidence ‘Low Participation Neighbourhoods (POLAR 4, QUINTILE 1)’ residential postcode data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms. 
  • To evidence Local Borough Schools and Colleges, data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms. 

3.  Allocation 

3.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually. 

3.2 Points weighting given to each of the under-represented criteria are as follows: 

Low   Participation Neighbourhoods

14

Local   Borough School/College

8

3.3 Applicants are considered for bursaries using the information provided at the time of their application only and cannot be reconsidered should their circumstances change during the course of their studies. Bursaries cannot be backdated.

3.4 Only one scholarship/bursary can be paid to any one student in any one year with the exception of the Care Leaver Bursary.

3.5 If an applicant is eligible for more than one scholarship/bursary, they will be awarded the one which will be the most financially beneficial across the full course duration.

3.6 Where the number of applicants who meet the criteria exceeds the number of bursaries available, the number of points scored from the under-represented criteria met will be taken into consideration (as detailed in the ‘General Terms and Conditions’ below). 

3.7 Awards will be made by the Allocation Panel in early September and successful applicants will be informed by email.

3.8 Bursaries are awarded for the current academic year only and cannot be deferred. Applicants who choose to defer their studies will forfeit any awards they have been made but will be considered anew in the year they will begin their studies.

3.9 The decision of the Allocation Panel is final. The University will not accept any appeals in respect of the decisions made by the Panel.

4.  Payment

The Bursary will be paid in three instalments in each year of a full time course and will not be paid during the placement year of a sandwich course.  Students receiving the BULB will be automatically eligible for an unpaid placement Bursary if they take an unpaid placement.

Successfully awarded students will be asked to supply relevant UK bank account details to support receipt of the cash payments by no later than the first day of Term 1.

4.1 Payment dates

For cash bursary awards, payment will be made as follows:

1st Payment - 14th December 2018

2nd Payment – 1st March 2019

3rd Payment - 14th June 2019

4.2 Conditions of Payment:

  • Payments will only be made providing the student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme of study at the time of the payment.
  • Payment in subsequent years will only be made providing the student progresses to the next level of study [bursary payments will not be made during a repeating year until the student has satisfactorily progressed to the next level].

N.B.  Cash payments will be made directly to a UK bank account and therefore students are required to supply accurate bank account details via their eVision account within the requested time.

Where a bursary award spans more than one year, students will be written to in September to confirm ongoing eligibility to receive their bursary award.

5.  Withdrawal of a Bursary

5.1 Misleading information: The University reserves the right to withdraw a bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.

5.2 Mode of Attendance Change: If a student changes to a different mode of study, their eligibility for a bursary will be reviewed. The bursary will be withdrawn if the change is from full time to part time.

5.3 Changing course and starting again at Level 1: Students who commence their studies and subsequently make an alteration that involves starting again at level 1 will not be eligible for bursary consideration against the new course. The existing award will be placed on hold and reinstated once the student commences level 2 subject to meeting the annual bursary progression criteria outlined in Section 4. If a student changes course but remains at the same level of study, this will have no impact on the award.

5.4 Abeyance/Temporary Withdrawal: A student who takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance) and who is in receipt of a bursary award would cease to receive bursary payments whilst temporarily withdrawn. Bursary payments made prior to temporarily withdrawing will not generally be requested to be repaid and remaining payments would generally be paid once the student returns to complete that level of study.

5.5 Suspension of Study: Should a student be suspended for any reason, bursary payments would be withdrawn and consideration of reinstatement will be dependent on the disciplinary outcome.

5.6 Repeat/Extended Study: Periods of temporary withdrawal that result in repeat or extended periods of study are not supported by additional bursary payments. Bursary entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.7 Withdrawal from Study: A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a bursary award will not normally be requested to repay bursary payments made up to the point of withdrawal. However, entitlement to all future bursary payments and/or adjustments cease immediately a student withdraws.

Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Admissions Office by emailing: scholarships@brunel.ac.uk

Updated 8 February 2018