Postgraduate Bursaries 2015/16

The University of Wolverhampton is participating in a National Postgraduate Support Scheme to award more than 100 bursaries to postgraduate-taught (Masters degrees only) Students in the academic year 2015/16. Each award is worth £10,000 and is intended to provide opportunities for postgraduate study to applicants who are otherwise under-represented in our postgraduate student community.

How do the bursaries work?

With each award worth £10,000 the University will waive your tuition fees and provide the remainder as a cash award to support your studies.

For example: If your tuition fees are £5750 your fee will be paid from the award and you will receive a cash balance of £4250.

When is the application deadline?

Applications should be made by 5 October 2015 at the latest. You are advised to apply sooner as applications may be prioritised by date of application in the event that the number of successful applicants exceeds the number of bursaries available.

Who may be eligible?

A limited number of bursaries are available and will be awarded according to the following selection criteria:

Essential:

  • You need to have commenced undergraduate study at any University in September 2012 (and be paying the paying higher tuition fees of £8500+) and be expecting to graduate in 2015.
  • You must have been in receipt of some Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant during your undergraduate studies and be able to provide evidence of this.
  • You must have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at the University of Wolverhampton.
  • You must be resident in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. International students are not eligible.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of bursaries available, those which demonstrate any of the priority criteria (below) will be considered first.

Priority Criteria:

Priority criteria are based on characteristics that are currently under-represented in the PG student community as follows:

  • Be a Disabled person in receipt of support via the Disabled Student Allowance.
  • Be a Care Leaver - someone who has previously lived with foster parents, in a children’s home, orphanage, or sheltered accommodation.
  • Be a Female Applicant to a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) course of study.

How do I apply? 

All applications are conditional until an award has been made. An application is not a guarantee of entitlement. So, how does it work…?

  1. When you apply to the University for a Qualifying Course of study we will invite you to complete an on-line application form to demonstrate and evidence that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. When we have reviewed your application, and if you meet the criteria for an award, you will be notified of your entitlement for a bursary payment.
  3. When you enrol your fees will be paid from the award and any cash balance will be paid in two instalments – subject to engagement with your studies.

SOME MORE DETAILS & DEFINITIONS:

Exclusions

Awards can only be made to students who commenced their undergraduate studies at a UK institution after September 2012 and have evidence that they have paid the higher rate of tuition fee to a maximum of £9000. Eligible applicants must be resident in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland.  International Students may not apply.

Students who already hold a Masters level (or higher) award may not apply.

Only Masters-level awards are eligible and students applying to a PG Diploma or PG Certificate Course may not apply. Eligible awards include - MA, Msc, MBA, MMus & LLM* [* LLM included – LLM Law and (new) LLM LPC, LLM International Commercial/Corporate & Financial Law]

Pre-Masters Courses, MRES, “Top-up” Awards and any PGCE award are excluded from this scheme.  [LLM excluded - CPE, LPC and Professional Practice]

Information for part-time students

Applications are welcome from part-time students who meet the eligibility criteria and who intend to complete their award within a maximum two year period.  Fees are waived in each year from the award and any cash residual is paid, in equal part, in each year.

What is a STEM subject?

The STEM subject areas are: Subjects allied to Medicine; Biological Sciences; Agriculture and related subjects; Physical Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Engineering; Computer Sciences; Technologies; Architecture; Building and Planning
A full list of eligible subject areas is available at:  https://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/1787/281/

Priority will be given to female applicants in these subject areas in the event of the number of successful applications exceeding the number of bursaries available.

The definition of a Care Leaver

A Care Leaver is someone who has previously lived with foster parents, in a children’s home, orphanage, or sheltered accommodation. The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 defines a care leaver as someone who has been in the care of the Local Authority for a period of 13 weeks or more spanning their 16th birthday.

Priority will be given to care leavers in the event of the number of successful applications exceeding the number of bursaries available.

Evidence to support your application

You will be required to submit supporting documentation which will demonstrate you meet the eligibility criteria as follows:

1) Paying the higher tuition fee rate (£6,000 - £9,000 per year).

Proof required: Either in the form of a funding letter, tuition fee invoice or similar documentation from your undergraduate university. 

2) You received a Student Finance England/N. Ireland/ SAAS maintenance grant, or a special support grant awarded by Student Finance England/N. Ireland/ SAAS.

Proof required: All pages of your Student Finance England/N. Ireland/ SAAS entitlement letter for your final undergraduate academic year (e.g. 2014/2015) showing any support awards. This document must contain your name for verification purposes. If you cannot find a copy of the document please access your on-line student finance account to download or print off another copy.

3) If you received another form of means-tested financial support (e.g., such as a means-tested grant from a charitable foundation, university or other public sector body).

Proof required: A copy of a P60 or a statement of earnings from HMRC for the 2014/15 tax year, along with the full documentation used for the funders financial assessment AND full details of the award provided

4) If you have spent time in Local Authority Care, Kinship Care or received support from the Foyer Federation.

Proof required: You will be required to provide Local Authority (or equivalent) confirmation of the exact dates spent in care or similar confirmation from the Foyer Federation.

5) If you have a recognised disability for which you received a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) from Student Finance England/N. Ireland/ SAAS.

Proof required: You will be required to provide Student Finance England/N. Ireland/ SAAS correspondence confirming DSA entitlement.

 

Final Clarifications

The tuition fee element is calculated at the full published level. No other discounts may be applied.  Recipients of the PG Opportunity Bursary are not eligible to receive any other discount or financial award from the University.

In the event that the overall number of applications exceeds the number of bursaries available, those with the earliest application and acceptance date will be considered first.

The Postgraduate Opportunity Bursaries are available for 2015/16 entrants only – in advance of a planned scheme for postgraduate financial support (loans) announced by the current Government.

If you are not eligible for a PG Opportunity Bursary other sources of funding (other than self-funding) are limited but with further details at our webpages:

http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/

Including details of our Postgraduate Loyalty Discount.

All details are correct at the time of publication only: February 2015.