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Care Leavers Bursary Terms and Conditions 2017/18

This bursary, previously known as the Care Leavers (Foyer Federation) scholarship, is only available to full-time Undergraduate students and will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to meeting progression requirements, regardless of the reason for repeating a level.

Bursaries will be allocated in early September, following publication of the UK A level examination results.

£1000 cash payment will be made to every care leaver under the age of 25, as defined under paragraph 1 (b), registered on a Brunel undergraduate programme in each year of their study, up to a maximum of five years if taking a foundation year, or MEng/MMath year provided 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, regardless of the reason for repeating. Those students on a sandwich programme will be entitled to a Placement Scholarship to cover the fee for their placement year. This bursary is in addition to any other financial entitlements.   

1.  Eligibility

a. Those not eligible for this Bursary

  • Students who pay overseas fees.
  • Students undertaking Postgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research studies of any kind.

b. Eligibility Definitions

Care leavers

Those who have spent at least 3 months in care (and declared this on their UCAS application form) including at the time of their 16th birthday.

c. Proof of Eligibility

  • For “care leaver”, evidence of care leaver status, in the form of written documentation from the student’s local authority (corporate parent) will be required before any payment can be made.

2.  Allocation 

2.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually. 

2.2 Bursaries are awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

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

2.4 Those on a Foundation year will be considered for the Care Leaver Bursary in Year 0.

2.5 Those on an MEng, MMath or MMath in Financial Mathematics programmes will be awarded the Care Leaver Bursary in the MEng/MMath year.

2.6 Those awarded a Care Leaver Bursary will be considered for other scholarships/bursaries following successful progression into year 1.

2.7 Applicants entering the University in Clearing or Adjustment will be considered for this bursary.

2.8 Applicants entering the University in Year 2/Level 2 will be considered for this bursary.

2.9 Students awarded the Care Leaver Bursary may also be eligible for other scholarship/bursary awards.

2.10 Only one scholarship/bursary can be paid to any one student in any one year with the exception of the Care Leaver Bursary, the David Sands Civil Engineering Scholarship and the Placement Scholarship.

2.11 All successful students will be informed by email at the beginning of September. Evidence of care leaver status will be required, see 1c of these terms and conditions.

2.12 Deferred applicants will be considered for a scholarship/bursary in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application. 

2.13 The decision of the allocation panel is final. The University will not accept any appeals in respect of the decisions made by the Panel.

3.  Payment

The £1000 payment will be made in three instalments in each year for a maximum of four or five years if taking a foundation year or a MEng/MMath year, subject to progression criteria. 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. For those on the four year sandwich programme, there is no bursary payment made in the placement year, although students may be eligible for the Placement Scholarship.

3.1 Payment dates

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

1st Payment - 8 December 2017

2nd Payment - 2 March 2018

3rd Payment - 8 June 2018

3.2 Conditions of Payment

Payments will only be made providing:

  • The student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme at the time of the payment.

N.B. Where cash payments form part of the bursary, this will be made direct to a UK bank account; students must supply accurate bank account details via the eVision payment selection task 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.

4.  General Terms and Conditions

4.1 If eligible a Care Leaver can be awarded more than one scholarship or bursary.

4.2 The student progresses to the next level of study [scholarship/bursary payments will not be made during a repeating year until the student has satisfactorily progressed to the next level].

4.3 If a student has a debt to the University the cash award element of a scholarship or bursary will be offset against this debt before any remaining balance is paid to the student. 

5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship/Bursary

5.1 The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship/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 If a student changes to a different programme or to a different mode of study, e.g. to a part time course, their eligibility for a scholarship/bursary will be reviewed and the scholarship/bursary will be withdrawn,

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

5.4 A student who takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance) and who is in receipt of a scholarship/bursary award would cease to receive scholarship/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 Periods of temporary withdrawal that result in repeat or extended periods of study are not supported by additional scholarship/bursary payments. Scholarship/bursary entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.6 Should a student be suspended for any reason, scholarship/bursary payments would be withdrawn and consideration of reinstatement will be dependent on the disciplinary outcome.

5.7 Students who commence their studies and alter a course that involves starting again at level 1 will not be eligible for scholarship/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 scholarship progression criteria outlined in Section 3.

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

Updated 11 May 2017.