This bursary is for students who have lived in a Foyer before starting at Bath, or who are supported by a local authority Leaving Care Service and fulfil the criteria as stated in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000: A young person aged 16-25 years old who has been ‘looked after’ for at least 13 weeks by a local authority at some point since they were 14 years old, and were in care on or after their sixteenth birthday.
Students are requested to complete an application for the Care Leaver Bursary and evidence must be in the form of an original letter from your Local Authority outlining your care leaver status, or time living in care/Foyer.
To be eligible, you must also:
- be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or foundation degree and registered as a student at the University of Bath
- be aged 25 years or under at the start of the course
- The Bursary is worth £1000 per academic year of study, plus £1000 to help with start-up costs and a further £1000 on graduation - a maximum of £7000 over a 5 year programme including a placement year.
- You cannot be considered for an award if you have not responded to our requests for and provided appropriate proof of your care leaver or Foyer resident status.
- Awards cannot be claimed retrospectively for previous academic years.
- Awards will not normally be terminated nor repayment required on the basis of academic failure.
- Awards will be paid for one repeat year or part-year only. Students who have more than one year of repeat study, will need to evidence mitigating circumstances in order to be considered for additional support.
- The University reserves the right to terminate an award and demand repayment of funds already paid in the case of disciplinary action against an award-holder. Cases will be considered on an individual basis by the Head of Student Services.
- The University reserves the right to withdraw a care leaver bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.
- The Bursary is paid in two instalments each academic year: December and March. Students will be asked to complete a bank payment form.
- Please note Student Services may pass on your details to other parties within the University to ensure you receive the appropriate support and advice. If you have any concerns about this please contact us to discuss further.
- Students cannot receive more than one Care Leaver, Estranged student and Refugee Bursary. If you meet the eligibility criteria for more than one of these Bursaries then it will be at the discretion of Student Services which Bursary you receive. All of these bursaries provide the same financial support.
- If your situation or status changes during your studies, and this could affect your entitlement to the bursary, you must let the Student Retention & Success Team know as soon as possible via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Retention Team Leader
The Roper Centre
University of Bath