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2019/20 academic year

Cumbria Bursaries - first year undergraduate students (2019/20)

About The Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is our financial award for 1st year home or EU undergraduate students commencing their studies in the 2019/20 academic year.  It is a non-repayable bursary designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000.

In 2019/20 there are up to 90 full or part time Cumbria Bursaries available, worth £1,000 per year of study (full time) or £500 per year of study (part time) for up to 3 years for students entering onto full time or substantive part time* undergraduate programmes.

There are a further 15 Cumbria Bursaries available for students entering onto courses with integrated foundation years; these are worth £1000 per year for up to 4 years.

Up to one third of our Cumbria Bursaries will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2019, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined below. 

*Part time students must be studying at least 50% of the time 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.  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. 

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 4th October 2019.

Cumbria Bursaries will not be available to students who are:

  • studying less than 50 credits per year
  • already holding an HE qualification e.g. Cert HE, HND or Foundation Degree.
  • transferring from another institution
  • undertaking a postgraduate qualification, including PGCE courses

Prioritisation criteria

Up to one third of the Cumbria Bursaries for 2019/20 will be allocated specifically to students who are aged 21 and over on the 1st September 2019, who also meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.   

Where there are more students who meet the criteria than there are awards, these 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

**subject to receipt of satisfactory evidence e.g. GP letter or Educational Psychologist Assessment. We check our Disability team have received this from you.

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

Cumbria Bursaries for 2019/20 will be allocated to eligible students after 4th October 2019.

Successful candidates will be notified in writing during October and 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.

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; however, there are usually more eligible students than awards available. 

Students are scored against the eligibility and prioritisation criteria to determine who receives an award.  If you did not receive an award in year one of your course, you are not eligible to receive an award in year two.  The decision on granting Cumbria Bursary Awards made by the panel is final; unfortunately, we cannot accept any appeals on this basis.  

If you do wish to appeal please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk with further details.

We aim to respond to an appeal 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 (2019/20)

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 up to 35 Progression Scholarships for students starting study in the 2019/20 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 4th October 2019.

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 4th October 2019.

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

**subject to receipt of satisfactory evidence e.g. GP letter or Educational Psychologist Assessment. We check our Disability team have received this from you.

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; however, there are usually more eligible students than awards available. 

Students are scored against the eligibility and prioritisation criteria to determine who receives an award.  If you did not receive an award in year one of your course, you are not eligible to receive an award in year two.  The decision on granting Cumbria Bursary Awards made by the panel is final; unfortunately, we cannot accept any appeals on this basis. 

If you do wish to appeal please email moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk with further details.

We aim to respond to an appeal within 10 working days of receipt.

Contact us

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

Postgraduate Loyalty Award (2019/20)

Having a postgraduate degree will ramp up your job prospects and plump up your earning potential. But, at the University of Cumbria it's possible to do it without racking up the extra debt.

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* to students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education. 

So, students who commence a designated full-time undergraduate degree will be eligible to progress on to a specified Postgraduate programme (or an equivalent alternative programme designated by the University*), with zero tuition fees payable for the specified postgraduate programme.  Progression will be subject to the following:

Terms and conditions

  • Students must be fully registered and enrolled at the University of Cumbria on one of the designated undergraduate degrees specified below in 2019/20
  • The UoC PG Scholarship is available to new students not currently registered or enrolled at the University of Cumbria in 2019/20.
  • Students must be eligible for the provision of UK student support and must be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees (including those paying via the SLC) for the designated undergraduate degree for which they are registered.
  • There must be no outstanding tuition related debts to the University at the point of registration for the postgraduate programme.
  • The undergraduate degree will normally be completed within 3 years (or 4 years for year 0, sandwich or placement route).
  • Students must achieve a minimum award of 2:1 in their undergraduate programme.
  • Students may be asked to attend an interview as part of preparation for the designated Postgraduate programme.
  • Postgraduate programmes must be studied on a full time basis with the exception of PgC Digital Health which is a part-time programme
  • Students must commence their Postgraduate programme within two academic years of completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Postgraduate programmes must be studied at a University of Cumbria campus other than the PgC Digital Health which is an on-line programme
  • Students will be required to pay any additional non-tuition expenses related to their postgraduate course. Details of additional fees
Designated Undergraduate Degrees Designated Postgraduate programme
Institute of the Arts
BA Creative Writing MA Creative Practice, MA Creative Writing (subject to validation)
BA English Literature MA Creative Writing (subject to validation)
BA Film and Television  MA Creative Practice, MA Adventure Cinematography (subject to validation), MA Wildlife Film and Photography (subject to validation)
BA Fine Art   MA Fine Art, MA Creative Practice
BA Games Design MA Creative Practice, MA Animation and Visual FX (subject to validation)
BA Graphic Design   MA Creative Practice, MA Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels (subject to validation)
BA Illustration   MA Creative Practice, MA Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels (subject to validation)
BA Musical Theatre MA Musical Theatre (subject to validation)
BA Photography  MA Photography, MA Creative Practice
BA Wildlife Media  MA Creative Practice, MA Adventure Cinematography (subject to validation), MA Wildlife Film and Photography (subject to validation)
Nursing, Health & Professional Practice
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) MSc Practice Development
Business
Business, Finance and Accounting undergraduate programmes MSc Accounting and Finance
BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance  MSc Accounting and Finance
BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance (with Integrated foundation Year) MSc Accounting and Finance
BA (Hons) Business Management MSc International Management
BA (Hons) Business Management (with Integrated foundation Year) MSc International Management
BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing  MSc International Management
BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing (with Integrated foundation Year) MSc International Management
BA (Hons) Business Management with Human Resources Management  MSc International Management
BA (Hons) Business Management with Human Resources Management (with Integrated foundation Year) MSc International Management
BA (Hons) International Business Management  MSc International Management
BA (Hons) International Business Management (with Integrated foundation Year) MSc International Management
Law, Policing & Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology (with integrated foundation year) MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Applied Psychology  MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Applied Psychology (with integrated foundation year) MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Forensic Investigation  MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Forensic Investigation (with integrated foundation year) MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Law  MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Law (with integrated foundation year) MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Policing Investigation MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Policing Investigation (with integrated foundation year) MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Social Sciences  MSc Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Social Sciences (with integrated foundation year) MSc Applied Social Sciences
Youth and Community Work in Contemporary Society
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work in Contemporary Society MA Youth and Community Work in Contemporary Society
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work in Contemporary Society (with integrated foundation year) MA Youth and Community Work in Contemporary Society
Social Work and Occupational Therapy
BA (Hons) Social Work Postgraduate Certificate Digital Health
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy Postgraduate Certificate Digital Health
MSc Occupational Therapy Postgraduate Certificate Digital Health
Working with Children and Families
BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families MA Working with Children, Adolescents and Families
BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families (with integrated foundation year) MA Working with Children, Adolescents and Families

*Please note the list of designated Postgraduate programmes are correct as of May 2018. The postgraduate courses are offered to complement the undergraduate course of study.  The university will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described; however, the University cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the university has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the university having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed in the prospectus. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme.  The University may vary a programme if there are insufficient students to form a viable academic cohort.  In those circumstances, the University will provide a suitable alternative programme.

Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the University to discontinue a programme of study, the University will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to UoC PG Scholarship applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the university’s website.  

PGCE Scholarship (2019/20)

£1,000 cash payment and £1,000 off accommodation fees for University residences to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in Lancaster or Carlisle in 2019/20 who are alumni of the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster or Salford University.

£1,000 cash payment and £200 travel contribution in the form of a pre-paid Oyster Card to students enrolling on University based PGCE programmes* in London in 2019/2020 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 2019 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 2013 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 Novermber 2019 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 2020 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.
  • The £200 travel contribution will be provided in the form of a pre-paid Oyster Card. These will be issued to eligible students after 15 October 2019.
  • This offer does not apply to University based PE, School Direct, SCITT or PGCE with Non-QTS.