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Local Boroughs Bursary Terms and Conditions 2017/18

This bursary (previously known as the Local Boroughs Scholarship) 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.

Up to 35 scholarships will be allocated in early September, following publication of UK A level examination results, starting with those applicants who have achieved the greatest number of tariff points above 144 (excluding Key Skills) and who meet the following remaining criteria:

  • Must have achieved a minimum of 144 UCAS tariff points under the new tariff system (360 UCAS tariff points in total under the old tariff system) (excluding Key Skills).
  • Must have attended a ‘state-funded’ school or college in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon or Hounslow.
  • Must meet at least one of the following under-represented* criteria, ranked in the following order:
    1. Care leaver
    2. From a low participation neighbourhood
    3. Mature
    4. Low income
    5. Disability (including dyslexia)
    6. Low-socio economic background
    7. Parents have no higher education qualification

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

  • Must have made Brunel University London their firm choice through UCAS.
  • Must be eligible to receive a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England and consent to the sharing of data submitted to the Student Finance England by the date that the exam results are received by the University.
  • Must be ordinarily resident in England (i.e. excludes those living in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or UK Overseas Terriories, etc).

Allocation will continue with those who have the next highest number of UCAS tariff points, excluding Key Skills, until all the bursaries have been allocated. In the event that too many applicants have the same number of high tariff points, bursaries will be awarded first to those who score the highest number of points from the under-represented criteria. See section 4.3 in these Terms and Conditions for details of points allocated to each under-represented criterion.

5 bursaries will be funded by alumni donations; the remaining scholarships are allocated using Government funding.

 (Bursaries will be awarded based on results received at the University at the time of allocation. Late or amended results cannot normally be considered beyond September.)

The bursary will be in the form of £6,000 cash or fee waiver, 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. 

1.  Eligibility

a. Those not eligible for this bursary:

  • Students who pay overseas fees.
  • Students who have made Brunel their Firm choice in Clearing or Adjustment.
  • Students who transfer from another institution.
  • Those on the final year of the MEng or MMath or MMath in Financial Mathematics (where a fee waiver will be applied).
  • Those on a Foundation year. Foundation year students will be considered for a bursary following successful progression into year 1.
  • All bursaries will be considered and awarded in year 1 of the course only.
  • Applicants entering the University in Year 2/Level 2 will not be considered for this bursary.

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 Student Finance England and agreement must have been given by the student 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 Student Finance England. 

Low socio economic group

Those who belong to the following socio economic groups:
4 Small employers and own account workers
5 Lower supervisory and technical occupations
6 Semi-routine occupations
7 Routine occupations
8 Never worked and long-term unemployed

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.


Those who declare a disability on their UCAS application and this has been verified by the University.


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

Low participation neighbourhoods

Postcodes classified as ‘1’ by HESA – “those wards with the lowest participation”. For further information, see the HESA website www.hesa.ac.uk

Parents without an HE qualification

Those whose parents or step-parents or guardians have no higher education qualifications, such as a degree, diploma or certificate of higher education, and this has been declared on their UCAS application.

'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 England

You are ordinarily resident in England if you have habitually, normally and lawfully resided in England from choice. 

Level of study

Level 1 = year 1; level 2 = year 2; level 3 = year 3

c. Proof of Eligibility

  • Data will be collected from the UCAS application forms for information on low socio economic groups, age, low participation neighbourhoods, Local Borough Schools and Colleges and parents who do not have a higher education qualification.
  • 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.
  • For “low income”, full time students must have provided Student Finance England 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 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 Student Finance England have fully carried out the income assessment prior to bursaries being allocated or confirmed in early September. 
  • Evidence of Disabled Students Allowance will be required before any payment can be made to those awarded a bursary on the basis of disability.

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

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

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

2.7 Students awarded a Brunel Bursary or Local Boroughs Bursary will automatically receive a placement scholarship if they are registered on a sandwich course at the time placement scholarships are allocated.

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

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

3.  Payment

The student can elect from the following two options, subject to meeting annual progression criteria:

(a) £6000 will be 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). The Scholarship will not be paid during the placement year of a sandwich course.

(b) The tuition fee will be reduced by £6,000 for each year of a full time course, up to a maximum of three years and for three years of a sandwich course i.e. excluding the placement year, subject to the student meeting annual progression criteria.

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 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.

3.1 Payment dates

For cash scholarship/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 or application of fee waiver

Payments or fee waivers will only be made providing:

  • The student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme at the time of the payment.
  • 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. 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 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. Students will be requested to complete the bursary payment selection task each year.

4.  General Terms and Conditions

4.1 Students may only be awarded one scholarship/bursary, with the exception of the Placement Scholarship and the Care Leaver Bursary which can be awarded alongside one of the other scholarships/bursaries.

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 Weightings given to each of the under-represented criteria are as follows: 

Care leaver 


Low participation neighbourhoods


Mature (Undergraduate - over 21)


Mature (PGCE Access – over 25)


Low income


Local school




Low socio economic group


Parents with no HE qualification


4.4 Where there are too many students with the same number of UCAS tariff points and insufficient bursaries, the total number of under-represented criteria points scored will be taken into consideration when allocating bursaries. 

4.5 This scholarship 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.

4.6 If a student has a debt to the University the cash award element of a 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 Fee waivers applied at the start of an academic year as part/all of a scholarship/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.

5.5 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.

5.6 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.

5.7 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.

5.8 Students who commence their studies and alter a course that involves starting again at level 1 will not normally 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/bursary 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 7 March 2017.