Participation Bursaries

Applications are open

Term 1 applications are open from Monday 5th October 2020 and close Sunday 1 st November 2020. In light of Covid-19, there may be some societies and clubs that may not be running this term or year.  If you applying on grounds of engaging with a particular society and/or club, then please check with them as to whether they are running before making an application

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What is the bursary?

NUSU is committed to ensuring students can take full advantage of their time at university. We recognise that financial obstacles can arise which prevents students from accessing the activities we offer. The Participation Bursary aims to remove these barriers to participation by helping cover some of the costs of getting involved. Students can receive up to £280 per academic year. These amounts may change at the discretion of the Student Union and the information on this page will be updated accordingly.



How the Bursary supports you

The Participation Bursary can support you with Club/Society membership and participation costs, funding a club/society trip, and purchasing sports kit/equipment. This is not an exhaustive list. More examples can be found here.


Eligibility Criteria 

The bursary is currently aimed at Stage 0/1 with UK Home Fee status who meets at least one of the criteria found here. We are looking to expand this bursary to include all UK undergraduate students at Newcastle University and will communicate this to you when it happens.

In addition to meeting the criteria listed in the link above, we seek evidence of extracurricular commitment for the funding requested which will be discerned by the strength of the application made. Applications are competitive and, therefore, we strongly encourage students to address the reasons for choosing the activity or activities you require the bursary for, alongside the submission of evidence that highlight the costs of participating in the activity.



Thinking about applying?

Students can apply for the Participation Bursary online and the form will go live once in Term 1 and Term 2:

  1. Term 1 applications are open from Monday 5th October 2020 and close Sunday 1 st November 2020.
  2. Term 2 applications are open from  21st - 25th February 2021 (these dates may change).

The application form will be hosted on this webpage during the two rounds of applications each year. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 10 working days from the deadline.

To help us improve this initiative, we expect all students that are granted the Participation Bursary to complete a survey at the end of the academic year.


Thinking about appealing?

Please find information about appealing in this document.


Levels of Funding

There are levels of the bursary for which a student can apply for. These levels are based on the different joining fees of NUSU clubs and societies in addition to other costs a student may incur for their participation.

  1. Tier 1 offers a £120 bursary
  2. Tier 2 offers a £180 bursary
  3. Tier 3 offers up to £280 capped bursary

Our research shows that the Tier 1 amount can adequately assist the student in covering the cost of participating with NUSU societies and other NUSU activities such as Give It A Go and Go Volunteer. However, if a student wishes to join the sports centre and/or a NUSU club, then we recommend applying for the Tier 2 amount. If a student feels that they require less or more than the previous two levels of bursary on offer, then they should apply for Tier 3 and account for these costs in their application.