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The BeCreative Award

A new award for students to explore their creative potential whilst at Bath

A student manning a fresh looking info stall they've designed from wood
Release your inner creative with the BeCreative Award

About the BeCreative Award

Launching in Autumn 2020-21 this new, income-related award of £3000 is for students to embark on a 'creative' journey of their choosing during the academic year. The BeCreative Award helps students develop skills, confidence and talent via a unique creative and mentored experience, otherwise unaffordable to them whilst at University.

Successful recipients will:
• Receive £3,000, paid in three instalments, with the opportunity to re-apply for up to 3 years
• Pastoral support and suggestions from staff on achieving your selected activity
and be expected to
• Use their award to achieve a programme of creative practice
• Attend at least 3 x creative workshops offered by the University Arts team during 2020-21
• Commune and socialise with other arts scholars cohorts, finding opportunities to collaborate, skills share and socialise
• Report regularly on progress

Applicants will need to give a clear indication of the 'creative journey' they aim to undertake with the award and why.

Examples of how to use the BeCreative Award:
• Shadowing a living artist in Bath to understand how they deploy creativity professionally
• Undertaking acting or dance lessons to perform on stage
• Receiving tuition for a musical instrument
• Support for joining a choir or developing your singing ability
• Learning an area of design or develop a drawing practice to progress your academic studies
• Learning to design digital games, puzzles or teasers

To be eligible for the BeCreative Award, you must:
• In 2020-21 be an eligible new first year Home UK* undergraduate student
• Be registered on a full-time campus-based undergraduate honours degree course commencing in 2020
• Not already hold an honours degree (or equivalent)
• Have a household income of £42,875 or below

Preference will be given to applicants who also meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Home is in an area where there is a low participation of young people progressing into higher education
• Your home address is considered to be in an area of general disadvantage according to Indices of Multiple Deprivation
• You or your family receive a state means-tested benefit
• You have an Access to HE Diploma
• You are a care leaver
• You are irreconcilably estranged from your parents or guardians
• You are a Young Carer
• You are a refugee or asylum seeker

*Eligible UK students are those assessed as UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), for student support purposes, as determined by Student Finance England or other relevant UK student loans awarding agency and have a UK Home fees status as determined by the University.

An initial award is available for one year with option to re-apply in successive years. Eligibility is no guarantee of an award being made.

Download an application form
Deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 All applications should be emailed to An awarding panel will select from application.

Please note, in order to ensure we can fully assess your application, applicants should also complete the general funding application (Bath Bursary, Gold and Income Related Scholarships) which can be accessed via the Bath Application Tracker. This application gathers additional widening participation information that is not included in your UCAS application.

The award is funded by the Dorothy Walters-Godfree legacy donation