Chamberlain Award 2013/14

If your household income is below £36,000, you will be entitled to additional financial support from the University in the form of a Chamberlain Award.

The University has used its National Scholarship Programme (NSP) HEFCE allocation and matched funding to provide this financial aid package.

This information only relates to students who commenced their studies in September 2013.

If you have commenced your studies in September 2014 you will need to visit our Chamberlain Award 2014/15 web page.

Am I eligible for a Chamberlain Award?

In order to be eligible you must:

  • be a UK-resident student commencing a first undergraduate degree in September 2013
  • be liable for the full standard undergraduate fee (£9,000)
  • not be on an NHS-funded programme
  • not be on an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme
  • not be progressing from a foundation degree
  • not be transferring from another institution
  • have a household income of £36,000 or less (as verified by the relevant Student Loans Company agency)

The Chamberlain Award will be subject to annual and in-year reassessment to determine eligibility.

We strongly encourage you to view the terms and conditions for the Chamberlain Award (PDF - 63KB) to ensure you are fully aware of the stipulations of the scheme.

Priority groups

Priority for a Chamberlain Award is offered to:

  • care leavers
  • independent students who are in receipt of selected state benefits*
  • students whose parents/carers are in receipt of selected state benefits*

* Benefits include Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit), Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit or Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

What does the Chamberlain Award offer?

 Priority groups

If you are from a priority group, have chosen to live in University-owned properties and completed an application form by the University deadline of 31 May 2014 you will continue to receive an accommodation discount up to the value of £4,750.

Please note: If you miss this deadline you will be assessed on your household income.

 Household income <£16,190

You will receive a £1,500 cash bursary and a £2,000 reduction to the tuition fees.

Please note: The application of the tuition fee reduction is determined by your domicile:

  • Students from England and Northern Ireland: Automatic reduction of your tuition fee loan.  
  • Students from Wales: Automatic reduction of your Welsh Assembly Grant.
  • Students from Scotland: Ineligible to receive the tuition fee element of the award.

 Household income £16,191-£25,000

You will receive a £1,500 cash bursary.

 Household income £25,001-£36,000

You will receive a £1,000 cash bursary.

  EU students - household income <£16,190

You will receive a £2,000 tuition fee waiver. Please note that you will be contacted in your first year by the Student Funding Office to check if you wish to be household income assessed. Your details will be passed on to the Student Loans Company and it will be your responsibility to ensure that your household income is verified prior to 31 May 2014.

Do I need to apply?

No. Your household income will be automatically assessed once you have applied for a financial assessment from Student Finance England and have given consent to share your financial information with the University.

When will I be paid?

If you qualify for the cash bursary, payment will be made in two equal instalments, one on 31 January and one on 2 May 2014. Payment will be made directly into the bank account you have nominated for your Maintenance Loan or Grant.

If you qualify for a tuition fee reduction, you will receive a separate award notice letter.  Application/transfer of the award will be made on 2 May 2014; you will receive a new notification of entitlment letter reflecting a lower Tuition Fee Loan (if appropriate) from the Student Loans Company (SLC)after this date. Please do not ammend the loan yourself.  

What will I receive in subsequent years?

Eligible students will continue to receive their award (subject to annual reassessment of entitlement).

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Priority group application forms for continuing students now available

If you are a student who commenced your studies in September 2013 and fall into a priority group, you will need to submit a short application form in order to secure your award.
You will qualify as a priority group applicant if you are:

- A Care Leaver;

- An Independent Student who is in receipt of selected state benefits;

- A student whose parents/carers are in receipt of selected state benefits.

You can access the online application form here.

All forms must be submitted by 31 May 2014.


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