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Participation Bursaries.

The Participation Bursary aims to remove barriers to participation by helping cover some of the costs of getting involved. Students can receive up to £280* per academic year. Applications for the Participation Bursary (Term 1) will open on Monday 27 September at 9am, and close 3 December. The application form will appear on this page for you to complete. On this page you can find out whether you meet the criteria for the Bursary, what we can offer you, as well as the levels of funding we can provide.

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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.

Students can apply for the Participation Bursary online and the form will be hosted on this webpage. The form will be active in both terms and students can submit an application at any point in between these dates.

*The amounts may change at the discretion of the Student Union and the information on this page will be updated accordingly.

 

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

Students submitting their application before an assessment date will be notified of the outcome, where possible, within 10 working days from that assessment date. This will be done by email.

Term 1 Applications

Term 1 applications are open from the 27 September 2021 and close on the 3 December 2021.

 Assessment dates for this term are

  • 25 October 2021,
  • 19 November 2021
  • 3 December 2021

Term 2 Applications

Term 2 applications are open from the 10 January 2022 and close on the 4 March 2022.

Assessment dates for this term are

  • 7 February 2022
  • 4 March 2022

The application form will be hosted on this webpage. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by email, where possible, 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.

Please find information about appealing in this document.

The bursary is currently aimed at Stage 0/1/2 (both Undergraduate & Postgraduate) with UK Home Fee status and meets at least one of the criteria below.

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 highlights the costs of participating in the activity.

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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 the bursary on offer, then they should apply for Tier 3 and account for these costs in their application.

* These amounts may change at the discretion of the Student Union and the information on this page will be updated accordingly.