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Placement Scholarship Terms and Conditions (courses commencing 2018/19)

1. Award details

The Placement scholarship is a £1,000 placement year fee waiver available to all eligible full-time Home fee paying students who commence an undergraduate course (including a Foundation year) at Brunel University London in 2018/9 only. It will only be applied when they progress to the placement year and paid once for this level of study.

Students who commence their course prior to 2018 should refer the Student Centre for their Placement Scholarship terms and conditions.

Value: A £1000 fee waiver for the Placement year only.

How many: Unlimited

Application process: There is no separate application, all students will be considered for the scholarship automatically based on the information in their Brunel student record. Students awarded a Care Leaver Bursary, a Brunel Bursary or a Local Borough Bursary will automatically receive a Placement Scholarship if they are registered on a sandwich course at the time Placement Scholarships are allocated.

Awards will be made by the Allocation Panels in October and in December of the Placement year (the third year of a think or thin sandwich course, or the fourth year of an integrated Masters thick sandwich course).

2.  Eligibility

The scholarship will be awarded to those students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a fully enrolled student of Brunel University London.
  • Must be progressing into either
    -   year 3 of an Undergraduate sandwich course (full-time thick sandwich or full-time thin sandwich)
    -  or year 4 of an Integrated Masters sandwich course (full-time thick sandwich)
  • Must be classed as Home, European or Home Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fees purposes.
  • Must meet at least one of the following under-represented* criteria (as defined in the 'Eligibility Definitions' below):
    • From a low income household (£25,000 pa or less)
    • Care leaver
    • From a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’
    • Mature (aged 21 or over at the start of their course)
    • Have attended a ‘state-funded’ Local Borough School/College in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon or Hounslow
    • Disabled (including Dyslexia)

OR have previously received one of the following bursaries/scholarships from Brunel University London:

- Brunel Bursary

- Local Borough Scholarship

- NSP Scholarships

- Alumni Scholarship

- Access Scholarship

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

Scholarships will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

  1. a.       Those not eligible for this scholarship
  • Students not registered on an Undergraduate sandwich programme or an Undergraduate Integrated Masters programme.
  • Students studying with London Brunel International College (LBIC) or the Brunel Language Centre
  • Students classed as Overseas for fees purposes or with an unresolved fee status.

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.


Those who declare a disability on their course application and this is subsequently verified by the University’s Funding Team.


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



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.


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. 

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 applications form. 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 to prove eligibility. 
  • ‘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 Students are considered for scholarships using the information provided at the time of allocation only and cannot be considered should their circumstances change during the course of their studies. Scholarships cannot be backdated.

3.3 Awards will be made by the Allocation Panel twice in the year the student commences their placement, in October and in December. Successful students will be informed by email.

3.4 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

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.

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 October or December.

There is no alternative payment option for this award.

4.1 Condition of Fee Waiver Application

  • The tuition fee waiver will only be applied providing the student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme of study, commencing a Placement year, and if applicable has provided the University with evidence of disability or of being a care leaver by the deadline specified in their award email.

5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship

5.1 Misleading information: 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 Change of course or mode of attendance: Where a student is awarded a Placement Scholarship and subsequently changes from a sandwich mode of study to full time, or to a course with no placement, the Placement Scholarship will be withdrawn, even if the change takes place after the allocation of the Scholarship.

5.3 Abeyance/Temporary Withdrawal: A student who takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance) during their Placement year and who is in receipt of a scholarship award will cease to receive the award and will be assessed for a new award on returning to their Placement year.

5.4 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.

5.5 Repeat/Extended Study: Repeat periods of study, and periods of temporary withdrawal that result in repeat of the placement year 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 Withdrawal from Study: A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a scholarship award will not normally be requested to repay scholarship payments made up to the point of withdrawal. However, entitlement to all future scholarship payments and/or adjustments cease immediately a student withdraws.

5.7 Fee Waiver Amendments: 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 Student Financial Policy.

5.8 Placement fee's paid: 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 31 May 2018.