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2020/21 academic year

Cumbria Bursaries - first year undergraduate students (2020/21)

About The Cumbria Bursary

 

The Cumbria Bursary is our targeted financial support package for 1st year ‘home’undergraduate students studying a qualifying course who are commencing their studies in the 2021/22 academic year.  It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. 

The Cumbria Bursary is provided through a fixed number of allocated awards and uses a scored prioritisation process to impartially rank all eligible applicants (with household incomes of less than £25,000 per annum). We award bursaries to those with the highest scores.  

These awards are worth £1,000 per year of full-time study or £500 per year of part-time study, for a maximum of 5 years (part-time) for students entering onto full time or substantive part-time* undergraduate programmes. 

A proportion of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2021, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.  

 

*Part-time students must be studying at least 50% of a full-time equivalent course and registered on a minimum three-year course. 

 

How does it work?

You do not need to apply separately for the Cumbria Bursary; simply applying for your student funding through your funding body will enable us to assess your eligibility alongside the information you provide on your UCAS application form.  It is important that you apply for income-assessed student finance through your funding body (e.g. Student Finance England) as early as possible.  In your application, both you and your sponsors must give consent to share financial information with your Higher Education Institution.  

 

All bursaries are subject to specific eligibility criteria (please see below).  Where there are more eligible students than awards available, these will be allocated according to the prioritisation criteria (outlined below). 

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Student is entering into year 1 or integrated foundation year of a specified undergraduate degree at the University of Cumbria 
  • Student has a household income of £25,000 or less as assessed by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland. Assessed by funding provider before 2nd October 2021. 

 

Cumbria Bursaries will not be available to students who are:

  • studying less than 50 credits per year 
  • already holding a HE qualification e.g. Cert HE, HND or Foundation Degree (Care Leavers will be exempted). 
  • undertaking a postgraduate qualification, including PGCE courses 

 

Prioritisation criteria

Usually, there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards available. Bursaries will be allocated according to the following prioritisation criteria: 

  • Your household income 
  • You have declared Care Leaver status* 
  • You have declared a disability on your UCAS form 
  • You are from an area where not many people go into Higher Education 

 

*as confirmed via the Student Finance application process or direct to the University 

 

How do I know if I’ve received a Cumbria Bursary?

Cumbria Bursaries for 2021/22 will be allocated to eligible students after 2nd October 2021. 

Successful candidates are notified in writing during October and November.  Letters sent via the Student Loans Company are forwarded to the correspondence address given on your Student Finance application and accessible online via your student finance account. 

 

If I am unsuccessful, can I appeal?

There are a limited number of Cumbria Bursary awards available, allocated at the beginning of the first year of an eligible three or four year degree course.  Often students meet the criteria for the Cumbria Bursary award but do not receive an award as there are usually more eligible students than awards available. 

New students are scored against the prioritisation criteria to determine who receives an award. To maximise the beneficial impact of awards, and to maintain consistency, each student will be scored once only. Bursaries are only awarded to students in Level 3 or Level 4 of their course, though the bursary is paid in each year of study.  The decision on granting Cumbria Bursary Awards made by the panel is final.

If you believe that the process of scoring you for a Cumbria Bursary may have been adversely effected by errors or omissions – for example if the Student Loans Company or the University did not have complete information about the relevant factors in your case – please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk to ask for a review of the scoring process. We aim to respond to a request for review within 10 working days of receipt. 

 

Contact us

Please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk if you require any further information. 

Partnership Progression Scholarship - first year undergraduate students from partner colleges (2020/21)

Partnership Progression Scholarship - first year undergraduate students from partner colleges

If you are a student of any of the following colleges, you might be eligible for one of our Partnership Progression Scholarships offered to those applying to the University immediately after Further Education: 

  • Blackburn College   
  • Bury College 
  • Carlisle College 
  • Doncaster College 
  • Furness College 
  • Kendal College 
  • Lakes College West Cumbria 
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College 
  • Newton Rigg (Askham Bryan) College 
  • Northumberland College 
  • Southport College 

We have a fixed number of Progression Scholarships for students starting study in the 2021/22 academic year. 

The awards are worth £500 in total; these non-repayable grants are paid directly to your bank account in the first year only. The Progression Scholarship can be received alongside the Cumbria Bursary if a recipient is eligible and ranked to receive both awards. 

You do not need to apply separately for the Progression Scholarship, simply applying for your student funding through your funding body will enable us to assess your eligibility alongside the information you provide on your UCAS application form.  However, it is important that you apply for income assessed student finance through your funding body (e.g. Student Finance England) as early as possible.  In your application you must give consent to share your financial information with your Higher Education Institution.  

If you're eligible, be sure to complete your funding application before 2nd October 2021. 

Please note: We only contact successful candidates.  If successful, you will be notified in writing during October or November.  Letters are sent via the Student Loans Company; these will be forwarded to the correspondence address given on your Student Finance application and can also be accessed online via your student finance account. 

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

  • Progressed to the University of Cumbria from one of the designated Further Education Partner Colleges. 
  • entering into year 1 or integrated foundation year of a specified undergraduate degree at the University of Cumbria 
  • from a household income of £0 as assessed by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or Student Awards Agency Scotland. Assessed by funding provider before 2nd October 2021. 

 

Prioritisation Criteria

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

  • Your household income is nil and you have declared Care Leaver status* 
  • Your household income is nil and you have declared a disability to us 

 *as confirmed via the Student Finance application process or direct to the University as part of the online registration process 

 

If I am unsuccessful can I appeal?

There are a limited number of Progression Scholarships available, allocated at the beginning of the first year of an eligible three or four year degree course.  Students may meet the criteria for the Progression Scholarship award; however, there are usually more eligible students than awards available. New students are scored against the prioritisation criteria to determine who receives an award. To maximise the beneficial impact of awards, and to maintain consistency. The decision on granting Progression Scholarships made by the panel is final. 

If you believe that the process of scoring you for a Progression Scholarship may have been adversely effected by errors or omissions – for example if the Student Loans Company or the University did not have complete information about the relevant factors in your case – please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk to ask for a review of the scoring process. We aim to respond to a request for review within 10 working days of receipt. 

 

Contact us

Please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk if you have any further questions. 

 

PGCE Scholarship (2020/21)

£1,000 cash payment and up to £1,000 off accommodation fees for University residences to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in Lancaster or Carlisle in September 2020 or January 2021 who are alumni of the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

£1,000 cash payment and £200 cash travel contribution to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in London in 2020/2021 who are alumni of University of Cumbria or Queen Mary’s University.

* This does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.

Terms and conditions:

  • Students do not need to apply to receive the scholarship. Eligibility will be checked against the criteria in these terms and conditions by the University and students will be notified of their eligibility.
  • In order to be eligible, a student must be fully enrolled on a University based PGCE programme* as a full-time student on 15 October 2020, if enrolling in September 2020, or 29 January 2021, if enrolling in January 2021, to qualify for the scholarship.
  • In order to be eligible, a student must be a graduate with a BSc, BA or LLB issued on or after 1 September 2015 from either the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University (if studying at the Lancaster or Carlisle campuses) or the University of Cumbria or Queen Mary’s University (if studying at the London campus). Eligibility will be checked through a review of the records of past study held by the University.
  • The £1,000 cash payments will be made to eligible students on or before 1 November 2020, if enrolling in September 2020, or 14 February 2021 if enrolling in January 2021, via a BACS transfer. Students must have a UK bank account and provide, where not already held by the University, details of this bank account in order to receive payment. Payments can only be made into the bank accounts of eligible students.
  • If a student receives a £1,000 cash payment and withdraws before 6 January 2021, if enrolling in September 2020, or 1 May 2021 if enrolling in January 2021, the University will invoice the student for the full amount.
  • The £1,000 off accommodation fees will be applied as a credit, in equal parts, to the second and third terms’ invoices issued to eligible students who remain within student accommodation for the full year. Where students enter into a short-term accommodation contract, the pro rata equivalent discount will be applied.
  • The £200 travel contribution will be provided alongside the main £1,000 payment.
  • This offer does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.

Health Care Grants

All nursing, midwife and many allied health professional degree students studying or starting their course in September 2020 will receive at least £5,000 a year with the new funding arrangements.

There will also be up to £3,000 further funding available.

The new funding applies in these disciplines:

  • Dietetics Dental hygiene or Dental therapy (level 5 courses)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Operating department practitioner (level 5 and level 6 courses)
  • Orthoptics Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Physiotherapy Podiatry or Chiropody Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Paramedicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund/new-student-funding

There has never been a better time to start your health career and make a difference with University of Cumbria.

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