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Local Borough Bursary Terms and Conditions 2018/19

1. Award details

The Local Borough Bursary (previously known as the Local Boroughs Scholarship) is available to all eligible full-time Home and EU fee paying students beginning undergraduate courses at Brunel University London and aims to support high achieving students from low income households who are from a Local Borough School or College.

Value: The bursary is a £3,000 cash award or fee waiver, each year for a maximum of three years, excluding the placement year,  subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

How many: Up to 35 bursaries will be allocated in early September. 5 bursaries will be 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.

Bursary holders may be expected to represent Brunel throughout their time at the University and to participate occasionally in various activities to help promote the University. Students 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) or level 0 (foundation year) 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, European or Home Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fee purposes. 
  • 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.
  • Following publication of UK A level examination results, bursaries will be awarded starting with those applicants who have achieved the greatest number of tariff points above 144 under the new tariff system (360 UCAS tariff points in total under the old tariff system) (excluding Key Skills) and who meet the following remaining eligibility criteria:
  • Must have attended a 'state-funded' Local Borough School or College in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon or Hounslow (as defined in the 'Eligibility Definitions' below).
  • AND must meet at least one of the following under-represented* criteria, ranked in the following order:
  1. Care leaver
  2. Resident in a 'Low Participation Neighbourhood (as defined in the 'Eligibility Definitions' below)*
  3. Mature
  4. From a low income household (£25,000 pa or less, (as defined in the 'Eligibility Definitions' below)*
  5. Disability (including dyslexia)

*under-represented, as in Brunel University London’s population

Bursaries will be awarded based on results, to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the University at the time of allocation. Late or amended results cannot be considered.

a. Those not eligible for this Bursary.

  • Applicants classed as Overseas for fees purposes, or with an unresolved fee status. 
  • Applicants entering a course at level 2 or level 3.
  • 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

Care leaver

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 and this is subsequently verified by the University’s Funding Team.

Disabled

Those who declare a disability on their UCAS application and this is subsequently verified by the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Service.

 

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)

 

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.

Mature

Those who are at least 21 years of age at the start of their course.

'State-funded' Local Borough Schools and Colleges

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

Ordinarily resident in the UK

You are ordinarily resident in the UK if you have habitually, normally and lawfully resided in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland from choice. 

c. Proof of Eligibility

  • Care leaver: Proof 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.  Further details of this will be detailed in the award email.
  • Disabled: Declaration of disability will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms. Evidence of disability will be required before any payment can be made to those awarded a scholarship/bursary on the basis of disability. Further details of this will be detailed in the award email.
  • Low Income: 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.
  • Low Participation Neighbourhood (POLAR 4, Quintile 1): Residential postcode data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms to prove eligibility.
  • Mature: To evidence age, data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT/Brunel application forms.      
  • ‘State-funded’ Local Borough School or College: 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: 

Care leaver 

16

Low participation neighbourhoods

14

Mature (Undergraduate - over 21)

12

Low income

10

'State-funded' Local Borough School/College

8

Disability

6

3.3 Where the number of applicants who meet the criteria exceeds the number of bursaries available, the total number of points scored from the under-represented criteria met will be taken into consideration. Allocation will continue with those who have the next highest number of UCAS tariff points, excluding Key Skills, until all bursaries have been allocated.

3.4 Applicants 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.

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

3.6 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.

3.7 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

4.1 The applicants awarded this bursary can elect from the following two payment options:

(a) £3,000 cash payment -  paid in three instalments in each year of a full time course up to a maximum of three years (or for three years of a sandwich course/integrated Masters course), subject to meeting annual progression criteria. 

(b) £3,000 tuition fee waiver - the tuition fee will be reduced by £3,000 for each year of a full time course, up to a maximum of three years (or for three years of a sandwich course/integrated Masters course), subject to meeting annual progression criteria.

4.2 Scholarship awardees receiving tuition fee waivers will be responsible for paying the remainder of their tuition fees after the scholarship contribution is deducted from the total fees for the academic year.

4.3 Where a student receiving a tuition fee waiver has applied for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loan Company (SLC), the SLC will be notified of the tuition fee waiver(s) in September.

4.4 The Bursary will not be paid during the placement year of a sandwich course. Students awarded a Care Leaver Bursary, a Brunel Bursary or a Local Boroughs Bursary will automatically receive a Placement Scholarship if they are registered on a sandwich course at the time Placement Scholarships are allocated.

4.5 This bursary is not payable in the Masters year of an integrated Masters degree programme.

4.6 Successfully awarded students will be sent a bursary payment selection task via eVision in early September each year. Students must confirm their payment selection by no later than the first day of Term 1. Students who do not return the completed payment selection task by the first day of Term 1 will automatically be recorded to receive the cash payment option. Students will be asked to supply relevant UK bank account details to support receipt of the cash option. Where a student has applied for tuition fee loan funding, the Student Loan Company will be notified of the tuition fee waiver(s) in September.

4.7 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

4.8 Conditions of payment or application of fee waiver

  • Payments or fee waivers will only be applied providing the student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme at the time of the payment and if the applicable has provided the University with evidence of disability by the deadline specified in their award email.
  • Payments in subsequent academic 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 direct to a UK bank account and therefore students are required to supply accurate bank account details via their eVision account within the requested time.

4.9 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.

4.10 Students will be requested to complete the scholarship payment selection task by no later than the first day of Term 1 of each year of their course except the placement year.

5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship/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: Repeat periods of study, and 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.

5.8 Fee waiver Amendments: Fee waivers applied at the start of an academic year as part/all of a bursary entitlement will not be amended once the fee waiver has been processed. Any tuition fee liability remaining after fee waivers are applied would therefore be calculated in accordance with Student Financial Policy.

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

Updated 31 May 2018.