Income-based bursaries

2021/22

As part of our Access and Participation Plan, the University awards bursaries to eligible full-time UK and EU* students.

In 2021/22 the criteria for bursary awards will initially be based on household income (as assessed by Student Finance**). We also look at whether the address where the student is ordinarily resident is in an area where young people are less likely to participate in Higher Education (Low Participation Neighbourhoods), or whether the student comes from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background or Gypsy/Traveller background. We will use the postcode on the student’s University application and check whether this belongs to a POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2. You can check this by entering your full postcode on the Office for Students website.

No application is necessary. Students will be advised by email during Semester 1 if they are eligible to receive an award. Awards are paid to students in May.

Tier 1 – Bursary of up to £1,445

Students whose household income is assessed under £16,000 by Student Finance** and are from POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2, or from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background or Gypsy/Traveller background will receive £725 in their first year of study, followed by £360 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £1,445.

Tier 2- Bursary of up to £720

Students whose household income is assessed between £16,000 and £42,875 by Student Finance** and are from POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2, or from a Black,  Asian and minority ethnic background or Gypsy/Traveller background will receive £360 in their first year of study, followed by £180 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £720.

*Eligibility to be confirmed for 2021 entrants

**Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland