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Care Leavers (Foyer Federation) Bursary Terms and Conditions 2016/17

This bursary is only available to full-time 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.

Scholarships/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 three years or four years if taking a foundation year. 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.

By accepting a scholarship/bursary the student is agreeing to become a Student Ambassador for the University. As a student ambassador, students will be expected to participate occasionally in various activities to help promote the University. This might for example include hosting tours of the campus and its facilities, providing administrative support at Open Days, participating in social media and other marketing activity, as appropriate. All Student Ambassador activities will be undertaken with the agreement of the student.   

1.  Eligibility

a. Those not eligible for this Bursary

  • Students who pay overseas fees, with the exception of the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Engineering Academic Excellence Scholarship.
  • Students who have made Brunel their Firm choice in Clearing or Adjustment.
  • Students who transfer from another institution.
  • Students funded by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) i.e. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.
  • Those on the final year of the MEng or MMath or MMath in Financial Mathematics (where a fee waiver will be applied).

b. Eligibility Definitions

Care leavers and those from the Foyer Federation

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 or are a Foyer resident. The Foyer Federation works with disadvantaged young people who are homeless or in housing need. A Foyer resident is someone who has been placed in Foyer Federation accommodation by their local authority. Eligibility must be verified by a Foyer Federation officer. Please contact for further information.

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 Scholarships/bursaries are awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

2.3 Students are considered for scholarships/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. Scholarships/bursaries cannot be backdated.

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

2.5 Those awarded a Care Leaver (Foyer Federation) Scholarship will be considered for other a scholarships/bursaries following successful progression into year 1.

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

2.7 Only one scholarship/bursary can be paid to any one student in any one year with the exception of the Care Leaver (Foyer Federation) Bursary and the David Sands Scholarship.

2.6 All successful students will be informed by email or letter at the beginning of September. 

2.7 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. 

2.8 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 three years or four years if taking a foundation 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 scholarship/bursary payment made in the placement year, although students may be eligible for the Placement Scholarship.

3.1 Payment dates

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

1st Payment - 9 December 2016

2nd Payment - 3 March 2017

3rd Payment - 9 June 2017

3.2 Conditions of Payment

Payments will only be made providing:

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

N.B. Where cash payments form part of the scholarship/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 scholarship/bursary award spans more than one year, students will be written to in September to confirm ongoing eligibility to receive their scholarship/bursary award.

4.  General Terms and Conditions

4.1 Students may only be awarded one scholarship/bursary, with the exception of:

  • The Placement Scholarship which can be awarded alongside one of the other scholarships/bursaries.
  • The Care Leaver (Foyer Federation) bursary which can be awarded alongside another scholarship/bursary.
  • If a student is eligible for more than one scholarship/bursary, s/he will be awarded the one which will be the most financially beneficial across the full course duration.

4.2 This bursary is not payable in the Masters year in the integrated degrees in Mathematics and Engineering because the course fee has been set at the national basic rate i.e. £6,000.

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, their eligibility for a scholarship/bursary will be reviewed and the scholarship/bursary will be withdrawn e.g. to a course for which there is NHS funding.

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. Scholarship/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 be eligible for scholarship/bursary consideration against the new course.

Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Admissions Office by emailing: