Postgraduate study

Financial support for students experiencing hardship

The majority of students find there is enough financial support to live comfortably during their studies, but we understand that sometimes unexpected emergencies and unforeseen expenses can occur.

Hardship support

We understand the stress and worry these can cause, and various sources of hardship support may be available to help you through a difficult period.

The Hardship Fund is aimed at helping full-time and some part-time 'home' students. 'Home' students are usually those who have lived in the UK for at least three years before the start of their course. Non-UK EU nationals cannot normally apply. Certain other students with either refugee status or EEA migrant worker status may be eligible, but please check with the Student Support Centre.

Anyone meeting the above criteria, including students on a placement year can apply. However, in general, priority will be given to students having the following circumstances:

  • students with caring responsibilities including childcare
  • students with special needs/disabilities/health problems
  • students experiencing unforeseen mitigating personal circumstances.
  • students whose access to higher education has been limited in the past
  • students who have left care
  • students in their final year
  • mature students
  • students who have been Foyer residents or who have been homeless.

Application forms are available from the Student Advice and Support Service, along with help and advice about completing them. Applications are considered on a rolling programme, and it normally takes up to four weeks (sometimes longer during vacation periods) to receive a decision. You are required to provide details of your income and expenditure for the academic year as well as the reasons for your financial difficulties.

You will be required to provide bank statements for the entire three months preceding your application and other documentary evidence to support your application.

Payments are at the discretion of the University. Applicants must show that they have maximised all available means of supporting themselves. Undergraduate students must have made use of the student loan facility prior to applying for the Hardship fund. Postgraduate master's students are expected to have applied for a Professional and Career Development Loan if necessary to ensure they have adequate funding.

The University follows the Government's guidelines when making decisions about applications. The guidelines can be found at the Student Finance England website.

Typically, individual payments to successful applicants fall within the range £350 - £1,350. Any application to the Fund must be accompanied by supporting documentation, including the latest three months’ bank statements.

Application procedure

Further information on eligibility criteria and application procedures for the Hardship Fund and Bursaries is available from the Student Support Centre (Tel 01509 222058).

The necessary forms can be obtained from the Student Support Centre website.

Emergency loans

Small short-term loans, available from Student Support Centre, may be available in emergencies. It is important that these loans are repaid by the agreed date.