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Scholarships and bursaries

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available for our students, including:

Cumbria Bursaries

This award is for students starting study in the 2015/16 academic year.

The University supports applications from all sections of the community and offers financial aid through the Cumbria Bursary which is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. The bursaries are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2015. Students will be told if they have been allocated a bursary in September 2015.

We have up to 139 full-time Cumbria Bursary awards worth £3,000 in total - £1,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England may be subject to Government guidance and regulations.

We also have up to have 21 part-time Cumbria Bursary awards (worth £1,500 in total over the first three years of the course - £500 cash in each year). Recipients must be studying at least 50% and registered on a minimum three year award. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England may be subject to Government guidance and regulations. If you are a part-time student wishing to apply for a Cumbria Bursary NSP award application forms will be available to download in 2015.

There is no application process for the Cumbria Bursary. Awards will be allocated according to specific criteria. Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria.

Please note it is important that you apply for income assessed student finance as early as possible and consent to share your financial information with us.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Cumbria Bursary?

Declared household residual income is £25,000 or less (verified by the Student Loans Company)

*please note: you must have applied to the Student Loans Company for income-assessed student finance*

  • Student's fee is neither paid nor part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.
  • Student is not NHS funded.
  • Student is a new entrant to Higher Education (ie they do not have an existing HE qualification).
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status.
  • Student is not directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree).
  • Student is not transferring in from another institution.
  • Student is not undertaking a postgraduate qualification.
  • Student has confirmed the University of Cumbria as their first choice.

Prioritisation criteria

Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these will be allocated according to the following prioritisation criteria:

  • You have left Local Authority Care
  • Your household income
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education
  • You have declared a disability to us.

Frequently asked questions

What are the Cumbria Bursaries worth?
Cash bursaries of £1,000 in each year of your course, up to a total £3,000.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact a Student Development Adviser in LiSS.

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

The decision made by the panel is final, so unfortunately we cannot accept any appeals. It is therefore important that you provide all information requested at the time of application.

Please note: New full-time students who have been allocated a Cumbria Bursary will receive an advisory email by the end of September 2014. If you do not receive an email during this time scale then unfortunately you have not been allocated a Cumbria Bursary.

If you would like more information and advice on money matters (e.g. budgeting) please visit the Money Doctors page.

International student scholarships

The following information is for 2014 entry. Details for 2015 will be added soon.

The university is delighted to announce the launch of a new international scholarship programme for 2014 entrants. We have several scholarships available for 50% of the tuition fees for one year of study.

There are also some additional scholarships of £500 - £1000, for further information please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk.

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis for outstanding academic achievement. International applicants, who hold an unconditional offer and have accepted their place, are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University of Cumbria. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only.

Students in most courses, including business, creative arts, law, science, literature, TESOL, sport, outdoor and social sciences, may apply for the scholarship programme. Unfortunately scholarships are not available for NHS-funded courses (i.e. Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography or Social Work) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

If you are not sure if your course is eligible for the scholarship programme, please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk for more information.

Read the terms and conditions

  1. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  2. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  3. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  4. Scholarship applicants must complete the scholarship application form.
  5. Scholarship applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.
  6. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk.
  7. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The Panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, English language, merit of personal statement and the short essay.
  8. The Scholarship Award Panel's decision will be finalised in the month following the deadline and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email.
  9. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding their decision.
  10. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by the date requested to receive the scholarship.
  11. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2014-15 and may not be deferred to any other period.
  12. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source.
  13. By accepting the scholarship, it is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity
  14. Courses which are eligible for scholarship awards are in the following areas of study: creative arts, business, law, science, TESOL, literature, sports, outdoor and social sciences. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that their chosen course is eligible for scholarship applications before an application is submitted (please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk if you require clarification)

The award

  1. The scholarships will not be paid in cash. Scholarships will be deducted from the first year's tuition fees on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  2. In the first term at the University of Cumbria, all successful scholarship winners will be invited to attend a reception to receive their award certificate.
  3. Scholarship winners will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  4. This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

Postgraduate Support Scheme

This information is for students beginning their Masters studies in September 2015.

As part of the UK Government's commitment to supporting higher level study, the University of Cumbria has been awarded 18 places each attracting £10,000 of bursary support for students who will be starting Masters level programmes in September 2015.

The Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) has been designed to support widening opportunities for groups currently under-represented in Postgraduate Study. The scheme supports applications from those who entered as undergraduates from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities and those who have been under Local Authority Care.

Places are strictly limited and applicants are advised to read the guidance notes carefully before completing the application form. All applicants must meet essential eligibility criteria as defined in the application guidance.

Application deadline: Tuesday 30 June

Guidance notes and eligibility criteria

How to apply

Complete and return the application form with required evidence no later than Tuesday 30 June 2015. 

Where possible the application form should be completed electronically and emailed with scans of any required evidence to the named contact. The University will accept printed copies of applications and evidence, however cannot take responsibility for delivery of postal applications – it is strongly recommended for peace of mind you email your application as a saved Word document using the your name followed by PSS as the file name; e.g. JaneSmithPSS.doc

In the first instance all applications will be checked against the essential eligibility criteria. Failure to meet the essential eligibility criteria will result in the application being refused. All eligible applications will then be considered by a panel and decisions made against the prioritisation criteria.

Decisions of the panel will be communicated on or around the week beginning 20th July, at which time the applicants offered a bursary will be sent terms and conditions and will be required to return a signed acceptance letter.

The decision of the panel will be final and there is no appeal process.

Supporting evidence request letter

Eligible masters courses

  • MSc Applied Social Science
  • MSc Applied Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • MSc Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • MA Sustainable Leadership
  • MSc Finance and Accounting
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc International Marketing Management
  • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • MA Contemporary Fine Art
  • MA Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MA Creative Media
  • MA Outdoor and Experiential Learning
  • MA Transcultural European Outdoor Studies
  • MSc Practice Development: Enhancing Paramedic Practice
  • MSc Management & Leadership in H&S Care
  • MA Social Work
  • MSc Exercise and Health
  • MSc Engineering
  • LLM Law
  • MSc Physiotherapy

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.