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Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary 2020/21

Care leavers are the most in need, very few progress to Undergraduate study and even fewer progress to Postgraduate study. The Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary hopes to encourage care leavers to progress to and successfully complete a postgraduate taught course.  

Value: £5,000 cash or fee waiver

How many: 1 Bursary is available

How to apply: To be considered applicants must complete an application form, which requires a supporting statement of 250 words explaining why they would be a suitable recipient of the Bursary.  The applicant must submit evidence of Care Leaver status, as defined below, in the application form.

Deadlines: Applications must be submitted by midnight in 31 July 2020 (GMT).

Applications will only be accepted if:

  • All sections of the application form have been completed
  • Evidence of Care Leaver status has been attached and
  • The applicant is a Home fee paying student holding an offer on a course starting in September 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.

2. Eligibility

 To be eligible for a Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary an applicant must:

  • Comply with the definition of Care Leaver, see below.
  • Be in receipt of an offer to study on a full-time postgraduate programme starting in September 2020 before submitting a bursary application.
  • Be in receipt of an Unconditional Firm (UF) offer to study on a full-time postgraduate programme starting in September 2020, by the time the Scholarship Allocation Panel meet in September.
  • Have been assessed as a home fee payer for fee purposes. Applicants who are unsure of their fee status should
    note Brunel uses the information they have provided in their application form to assess fee status against regulations set by the UK government. For information on these regulations please visit the independent organisation UKCISA’s website.

Where there are more applicants than awards, priority will be given to Brunel Alumni.

a)      Those not eligible for this Bursary

  • Applicants classed as Overseas, European (HEU) or Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fees purposes, or those with an unresolved fee status.
  • Applicants entering an Undergraduate course at Brunel.
  • 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. 
  • Applicants entering Undergraduate or Postgraduate Research programmes at Brunel.

b)     Eligibility Definitions

Care Leavers

Those who have spent at least 3 months in care (and declared this on their course application form) including at the time of their 16th birthday and this is subsequently verified by the University’s Funding Team.

c)      Proof of Eligibility

Proof of Care Leaver status in the form of written documentation from the student's local authority (corporate parent) will be required before the Bursary can be awarded.

3. Allocation

3.1  Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually.

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

3.3  Applications will be considered on the balance of eligibility criteria met by each applicant.

3.4  Applicants entering Brunel from another HEI will be considered for the Bursary provided they meet the care leaver status outlined above.

3.5  Applicants awarded the Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary may also be eligible for other scholarships, bursaries and awards.

3.6  Bursary awards will be decided by the Scholarship Allocation Panel and will be responsible for producing a final list for eligible awardees. 

3.7  Bursaries will be awarded provisionally by the Scholarship Allocation Panel and the successful applicant will be notified by the end of August 2020. They will then be formally awarded in September following receipt of exam results.

3.8  Bursary’s are awarded for the September entry of the academic year 2020/21 only and cannot be deferred to alternate months or years of entry. Applicants who intend to defer their studies must re-apply for a bursary in the year they will begin their studies.

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

4. Conditions of payment

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

(a)    £5,000 tuition fee waiver - the tuition fee will be reduced by £5,000 for the 2020/21 academic year only. 

(b)   £5,000 cash payment - paid in three instalments for the 2020/21 academic year only. 

4.1  Bursary awardees receiving tuition fee waivers:

  • The tuition fee will be reduced by £5,000 in year 1 of their chosen course.
  • The applicant 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.

4.2  Bursary awardees receiving a cash award - The £5,000 cash payment will be paid in three instalments in year 1 of their chosen course.  The applicant will be responsible for paying all their tuition fee.

4.3  Bursary awardees receiving tuition fee waivers - The fee waiver or cash award will only be applied providing the student is fully enrolled at the University on a full time Postgraduate taught programme of study, which includes having had their qualifications and other documentation verified and checked, and then completing the University enrolment procedures.

4.4 Students must supply relevant UK bank details via eVision in early September by no later than the first day of Term 1.

4.5 Payment will be made as follows:

    1st Payment - 14 December 2020

    2nd Payment - 6 March 2021

    3rd Payment - 12 June 2021

4.6 The successful student will be sent a scholarship payment selection task via eVision in early September. 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 given the fee waiver option. Students will be asked to supply relevant UK bank account details to support receipt of the cash option. 

N.B. Payments will be made directly to a UK bank account and therefore students are required to supply accurate bank account details via their eVision account within the requested time. Failure to provide current valid UK Bank account details will result in delayed payment.

4.7 Awarded scholars are excluded from all other scholarships and tuition fee waivers with the exception of the Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship, Graduate Discount and Prompt Payment Discount.

The order of discounts will be applied as follows:

1. 15% Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship (if applicable)

2. Any Scholarship awarded (if applicable)

3. 10% Alumni Family Discount or Family Discount (if applicable)

4. 15% Graduate Discount (if applicable)

5. 2% Prompt payment Discount (if applicable)

4.8 The successful student will be required to meet with Karen Western, the Widening Access Officer once a month. The aim is to ensure that the recipient is making good academic progress and is aware of and making appropriate use of the support services available at Brunel.

5. Withdrawal of bursary

5.1  Misleading information: 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  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: If a student changes course but remains at the same level of study, this will have no impact on the award.  The bursary will be withdrawn if the change is from Postgraduate Taught to Postgraduate Research.

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 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  Amendment of Fee Waivers: 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 Widening Participation Office by emailing: Karen.Western@Brunel.ac.uk.   

Updated 31 October 2019