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Bursaries support you through your studies by helping with general living costs. They are non-repayable and can be spent on anything from rent and household bills to books and specialist equipment.

The University bursary

All eligible UK and EU students who commenced their study in or later than 2012/13 will receive a bursary of £500. To be eligible you must:

  • have a declared household income of £25,000 or less,
  • be on a full time course, paying full variable or new regime fees,
  • have a fee status of home or EU,
  • and not be on an ERASMUS placement or industry placement year.

You do not apply to the University directly - all the information is taken from the student finance form you completed and returned to Student Finance England/Student Loans Company when applying for maintenance and tuition fee loans.

For more information, please contact the contact the finance team on

Care leavers bursary

The University offers a bursary for care leavers, Foyer Federation and supported accommodation residents - supporting students who have been in local authority care.

The support package includes a £1,500 bursary each academic year. Eligible students should complete (depending on their situation), either: 

Application form for the care leavers bursary 2016/17 entry

Application form for the foyer federation and supported accommodation residents bursary 2016/17 entry

For further information on the support available to care leavers please visit the care leavers support homepage or download our leaflet.

Social work bursary

Current students doing a social work degree may be eligible for the social work bursary

The bursary recognises that social work students have to undertake 200 days of hands-on placements, which reduces their ability to take a part-time job.

It is payable to undergraduate students in year two and year three, and to postgraduate students.

All students must reapply for their bursary each academic year.

For full information about the social work bursary, including the application process and the strict application deadline, please read this document created by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Please call 0300 3301 342 (NHS) for more information, or email them using

Carers bursary

Students who are carers for their parents/immediate family member (excluding children) and have been recognised as such by their local authority, may be able to apply to the University’s carers bursary each academic year.  This is a non-repayable bursary of £750 awarded to young carers who continue to have caring responsibilities while they are studying at university.  It is paid in three termly instalments into the student’s bank account.

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Estranged students bursary

Students who are recognised as ‘irreconcilably estranged’ by Student Finance England can apply to the University’s estranged students bursary each academic year.  This is a non-repayable bursary of £750 awarded to students who continue to be estranged from their parents while they are studying at university.  It is paid in three termly instalments into the student’s bank account.

Disabled Student Allowance

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) can help to pay for any costs or expenses incurred that arise due to disability, whilst studying. They are not income assessed and there is no upper age limit.

Full-time, part-time and postgraduate students with disabilities are able to make an application for DSA. Applications are made to Student Finance England (SFE) via the government's website.     

The allowance will be paid either directly to you or to the supplier of your specialist services.  SFE will notify you in writing about the equipment and support that they will fund. This process usually takes four to six weeks.

For more information, please read the DSA Guide 2016/17 or  contact the University's disability co-ordinator.

Foundation level tuition fee waiver

In 2016/17, eligible full time foundation year students (Level 0 of an undergraduate course) are able to access a foundation fee waiver and bursary. This award is targeted at new home and EU students from low participation neighbourhoods who have had no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award.

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