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Placement Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2017/18

This scholarship is only available to full-time students and will only be applied once for this level of study.

The full placement year fee of £1,000 will be waived for all those students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 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. Have attended a ‘state-funded’ school or college in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon or Hounslow
    6. Disability (including dyslexia)
    7. Low-socio economic background
    8. Parents have no higher education qualification
  • Must be registered on a sandwich course.

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

Confirmation of receipt of a Placement Scholarship will be made in early September of the third year of a thick or thin sandwich course or the fourth year of a sandwich MEng, MMath or MFinMath course.

1.  Eligibility

a. Those not eligible for this Scholarship

  • Students who pay overseas fees.
  • Students who transfer from another institution, unless you are a Care Leaver.

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 scholarship 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, except PGCE where mature applicants must be at least 25.

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 scholarships 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 scholarships 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 scholarship on the basis of disability.

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 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 The Placement Scholarship will be allocated in September, immediately prior to the start of the third year of a sandwich course, regardless of whether the course is a thick or a thin sandwich course or the fourth year of a sandwich MEng, MMath, or MFinMath course.

2.7 Students awarded a Care Leaver Bursary, Brunel Bursary or the 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 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 tuition fee for the placement year of a sandwich course will be waived in its entirety to all eligible students who have met the relevant annual progression criteria.

There is no alternative payment option for this scholarship award.

3.1 Condition of Fee Waiver Application

  • Tuition fee waiver will only be applied if the student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme of study.

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.

4.2 Tariff points for scholarship 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


5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship

5.1 The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship 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 will be reviewed and the scholarship will be withdrawn.

5.3 Where a student is awarded a Placement Scholarship and subsequently changes from a sandwich mode of study to full time, the Placement Scholarship will be withdrawn, even if the change takes place after the allocation of the scholarship.

5.4 Fee waivers applied at the start of an academic year as part/all of a scholarship 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 the Student Financial Policy.  

5.5 Periods of temporary withdrawal that result in repeat or extended periods of study are not supported by additional scholarship payments. Scholarship entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.6 The Placement Scholarship will be withdrawn if tuition fees are being paid in full by the Placement Company.

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.