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David Sands Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2016/17

This scholarship is only available to one full-time student 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.

One scholarship worth £3,000 each year is available for UK/EU applicants joining the Brunel Bachelor of Civil Engineering programme (with placement year) from September 2016. The David Sands Scholarship will take the form of a cash payment of £3000 in each year of study for a maximum of three years (subject to progression) excluding the placement year.  A separate scholarship is available during the placement year for those who meet the criteria.

The David Sands Scholar will also have access to placements (subject to interview and availability) with the award’s donors, the Bourne Group and will be eligible to join the company’s Graduate Programme.

Recipients of the David Sands Scholarship are excluded from all other tuition fee discounts with the exception of the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Prompt Payment Discount.

Please apply for the Bachelor of Engineering programme (with placement year) in the usual way via UCAS, but you will also need to complete a separate application form for the David Sands Scholarship.

  • Applications for the Scholarship must be received by the 30 June 2016.
  • Applicants must be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England and consent to the sharing of data submitted to Student Finance England.
  • Applicants must be ordinarily resident in England (i.e. excludes those living in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland or EU, Overseas Territories, Gibraltar etc).

To be eligible for consideration for a David Sands Scholarship, you must:

  • Meet the entry criteria for admission to the Brunel Bachelor of Engineering programme.
  • Complete the David Sands Scholarship application form.
  • Submit an essay of no more than 500 words explaining why you would make a good ambassador for the Brunel Bachelor of Engineering programme. You should describe how your academic study, professional experience and other activities merit the award.

The Scholarship will be in the form of a £3,000 cash award, each year for a maximum of three years provided that the progression criteria as shown in section 3 of these Terms and Conditions have been met. A separate scholarship is available during the placement year for those who meet the criteria.

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. In addition the student should be willing to reasonably participate in activities with the donor, The Bourne Group, in order to publicise and raise the profile of the Scholarship as requested.

1.  Eligibility

Those not eligible for this Scholarship

  • Students who pay overseas or Island fees.
  • Students who have made Brunel their Firm choice in Clearing or Adjustment.
  • Students who transfer from another institution.
  • Those on a Foundation year. Foundation year students will be considered for a scholarship following successful progression into year 1.
  • All scholarships and bursaries will be considered and awarded in year 1 of the course only, with the exception of the Care Leaver (Foyer Federation) Bursary, which will be awarded in Year 0.
  • Applicants entering the University in Year 2/Level 2 will not be considered for any scholarship or bursary.

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 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.

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

2.6 Foundation year students will be considered for a scholarship/bursary following successful completion of their foundation year. 

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

An award of £3000 will be paid to full time BEng Civil Engineering scholars in three instalments in each year of the course up to a maximum of three years (or for three years of a sandwich course) subject to progression criteria. Successfully awarded students will be asked to supply relevant bank account details to support receipt of the cash payments by no later than the first day of Term 1.

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 BEng Civil Engineering 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 their eVision account 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 /bursary award.

4.  General Terms and Conditions

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

  • The David Sands Scholarship may also be awarded alongside the Academic Excellence Scholarship.
  • 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 Tariff points for scholarship/bursary purposes must all be gained normally within three years prior to admission to Brunel University London. 

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 which is not Civil Engineering.

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 If a student transfers to a course of study outside of BEng Civil Engineering programme the scholarship/bursary will be withdrawn. In cases where the student completes Level 1 and then starts a new course within the BEng Civil Engineering programme, the award will be placed on hold and reinstated once the student commences level 2.  

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