- Financial Support Fund 2023/24
- EU Hardship Fund 2023/24
- What Just Happened Fund
- Helena Kennedy Foundation
- Mayflower Award
- Care Leavers Bursary
- Summer Support Fund 2022/23
- Career Development Bursary
Financial Support Fund 2023/24
EU Hardship Fund
- Those with dependants/disabilities may receive up to £500.
- Final year students without dependants may receive up to £400.
- Non-final year students without dependants may receive up to £300.
What Just Happened Fund
"It is my hope that this money will mean that someone else in my position – in hospital, hundreds of miles from home – can have the support of their loved ones by their bedside." she says.
Helena Kennedy Foundation
Mayflower Award (University of Plymouth’s Access Bursary) 2023 Entry
- Students whose household income is between £0 and £35,000 per year
- Care leavers
- Students who are estranged from their families
- Young adult carers
- Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.
Care Leavers Bursary
- Care Leavers should contact Student Funding Unit by email@example.com to enquire of their eligibility.
- Partner college including UPIC students are not eligible for this award from the University of Plymouth and should instead enquire about any available support from their college.
- Students who are not funded by Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland but instead receive a grant/grants for their studies or tuition fees are not entitled to the award.
- Students who have already gained a degree are not eligible to receive the Care Leavers Bursary.
Summer Support Fund 2022/23
Who can apply?
- You are a full-time undergraduate
- You have ‘home’ status
- Your tuition fees for the year have been paid in full
- You have received the full entitlement of a maintenance loan
- You have used up all available credit (this includes your overdraft) and this must be visible on your bank statement.
Qualifying categories – you must be in at least one of these:
- A student who has dependents under the age of 14 and who has applied for all benefit entitlements. Before contacting us, please liaise with UPSU Advice for a benefit check to ensure that you are getting your full entitlement and provide evidence of this outcome. UPSU Advice contact details: +44 1752 588373, firstname.lastname@example.org
- A student who is ill or has a disability and is, therefore, unable to undertake work, and for whom other benefits are not available. You will need to provide documentary evidence from your doctor or the hospital that states that you are unfit to work for a specified period
- A student who is the primary and recognised carer of a disabled or seriously ill person
- A student on an integral (not voluntary) placement throughout the summer vacation, who has no other income source once the maintenance loan has been exhausted. Applications for the 2022/23 Financial Support Fund will be taken into account and included in our calculation
- A student who is unexpectedly required to resubmit elements of their course, either in or out of attendance across the summer, where this prevents them from seeking work. Please note that assistance may be limited to four weeks
- A care leaver or estranged student. You must provide evidence of any housing or living cost support from a local authority and outline why you are unable to support yourself, as it is expected that you will have secured work during the vacation.
You are not eligible to apply for the Fund if you meet one of these criteria:
- You are a final-year student (unless you are required to resubmit elements of your course during the summer). Please note you must apply before the date of your final deadline.
- You are a non-final-year student who is simply unable to find work and does not fall within one of the above categories. You are a postgraduate student. It is assumed that postgraduate students have made realistic provision for their studies and the cost of living throughout the summer period and are, therefore, not expected to apply other than in an emergency situation
- You are a postgraduate, EU or international student
- You are studying at Partner colleges including UPIC
- You are on Degree Apprenticeship course
- You are on a Distance learning course.
Sanctuary scholarships are a financial support package for students who may have difficulty accessing home fees due to their immigration status. They are for any students living in the UK (however, priority is given to individuals living in the Plymouth area). Each Faculty offers one scholarship per year, meaning there are three scholarships available annually. Each scholarship includes:
- a full fee-waiver for the entirety of the undergraduate course
- £1000 per year toward study costs (for the first three years)
- a fully-funded pre-sessional English course (to ensure scholars meet IELTS 6.0 requirements).
Career Development Bursary
- expenses associated with work experiences including placements, internships or volunteering
- attending industry and/or sector specific conferences
- attending career networking events
- membership of professional organisations relevant to your career aspirations
- attending accredited and non-accredited training courses relevant to your career aspirations.
- Activities unrelated to skills development such as statutory professional registration fees, sports clubs and societies.
- Field trips, placements or other excursions that are a core part of your course.
- Costs for activities which have been covered by another budget such as the Career Insight Bursary or the Santander Scholarship.
- Costs above the £250 limit.
- UK Home undergraduates whose household income has been assessed by the Student Finance provider as under £35,000 per year. You should also have applied for all available funding including that funding which is means-tested.
- Students from areas where few people access higher education (low-participation neighbourhoods) * or from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background.
- Black, Asian, mixed heritage or students from another minority ethnic group.
- Disabled students or students with a mental health condition, medical condition or specific learning difference.
- Neurodivergent students for example autistic or dyslexic students, students with ADHD or Tourette's – although this list is not exhaustive.
- Mature or over 21 when they start their first degree
- Caring for another vulnerable adult
You can complete the application form during the following application periods:
Spring term: 1 February – 15 April 2023
Summer term: 15 May – 30 June 2023
Student Funding Unit
Postal address: Student Hub, Ground Floor, The Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Visit us in The Charles Seale-Hayne Library. Opening hours are Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00, Friday 8:30–16:30.