Undergraduate scholarships, bursaries and awards

Undergraduate scholarships, bursaries and awards

We offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and awards for students joining us in September. These provide students with financial support based on their academic achievements, personal circumstances and household income.

Explore below for more information:

 

Income-based bursaries

2018/19

As part of our Access Agreement, the University awards bursaries to eligible full-time UK and EU students whose household income has been assessed below £42,875 per annum by Student Finance*. No application is necessary. Students are advised by email if they are eligible for an award, usually in late October/early November after they have enrolled on their course. Awards are paid out in May.

This bursary is only available to students paying the full £9,250 full-time fee and therefore is not available to sponsored students (including where fees are paid by the NHS or similar body).

PGCE students are not eligible for this bursary.

Bursary eligibility is re-assessed in each year of study.

2018/19 Tier 1 Income based bursary

Up to £2,000

Students whose household income is assessed below £16,000 by Student Finance* will be eligible to receive £1,000 in their first year of study.  In years 2 and 3, they will receive £500 provided the household income assessment remains under £16,000 and they are studying full-time.

2018/19 Tier 2 Income based bursary

Up to £1,000

Students whose household income is assessed between £16,000 and £42,875 by Student Finance* will be eligible to receive £500 in their first year of study. In years 2 and 3, they will receive £250 provided the household income assessment remains between £16,000 and £42,875 and they are studying full-time.

*Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland

2019/20

In 2019/20 the criteria for bursary awards will be based on household income (as assessed by Student Finance*) and whether the address where the student is ordinarily resident is an area where young people are less likely to participate in Higher Education. We will use the postcode on the student’s University application and check whether this belongs to a POLAR3 quintile 1 or 2. You can check this by entering your FULL postcode on the Office for Students website.  

No application is necessary. Students are advised by email if they are eligible for an award, usually in late October/early November after they have enrolled on their course. Awards are paid out in May.

Income based bursaries for students coming from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPNs):

Up to £2,000

Students whose household income is assessed under £16,000 by Student Finance*and are from POLAR3 quintile 1 or 2 will receive £1,000 in their first year of study, followed by £500 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to match the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £2,000.

Up to £1,000

Students whose household income is assessed between £16,000 and £42,875 by Student Finance*and are from POLAR3 quintile 1 or 2 will receive £500 in their first year of study, followed by £250 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to match the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £1,000.

Income based bursaries for students not coming from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPNs):

Up to £1,000

Students not eligible under the income based bursaries for students from LPNs and whose household income is assessed under £25,000 by Student Finance* will receive £500 in their first year of study, followed by £250 in both their second and third years of study provided they continue to match the eligibility criteria and they are studying full-time: a total of £1,000.

*Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Highflier Academic Achievement Award

Up to £600

The Highflier Academic Achievement Award is made in recognition of excellent entry grades and continued academic success.  Eligible UK, EU and Channel Island students with entry grades equating to 136 UCAS points or more (e.g. AAB or above at A Level) will receive £200 in their first year of study.

To continue to receive the £200 award beyond the first year of your course, you will need to attain an average mark of at least 70% at the end of each year of study, and be an active member of the Highflier Scholars Scheme each academic year.

No application is necessary. Students are advised by email if they are eligible for an award, usually in late October/early November after they have enrolled on their course.

The award can be taken as a cash bursary or a fee waiver. Cash bursaries will be paid out in February. If a fee waiver is chosen and the student has applied for a Tuition Fee loan, the loan will will be adjusted accordingly at the end of the academic year. Students should ensure that they apply for the full tuition fee loan through Student Finance unless they wish to self-fund all or part of the course.

The full terms and conditions can be seen in our policies and procedures section.

Highfliers Scholars Scheme

Recipients of the Academic Achievement Award will be invited to participate in the Highflier Scholars Scheme.

We are passionate about nurturing and challenging students to become graduates with a love of learning and research who are global citizens, intent on changing the world for the better. Our Highflier Scholars Scheme offers an enhanced and more intensive educational experience to students of proven academic excellence.

You will be given maximum opportunity to enhance your skills in leadership, communication, critical thinking, research, problem-solving and empathising with others. You will be able to enhance your spiritual and cultural literacy, global awareness and your ability to become effective global citizen. As potential leaders, Scholars will have opportunities to practice, reflect upon and gain confidence in their leadership and management skills.

Enhanced Academic Achievement Award - £2,000

If you have the required UCAS tariff points and decide to become a member of the Highflier Scholars Scheme, you may also enter a competition to get one of five Enhanced Academic Achievement Awards of £2,000.

To continue in the Scheme you will need to achieve an academic average of 70% at the end of each academic year and be an active member of the Scheme.

 

Music and sports excellence awards

Music excellence award - Up to £1,500

New Full-time students on Undergraduate, Foundation* and PGCE* courses with experience in music-making of any kind are encouraged to apply for one of five awards of £500 in each year of study.

This award is only available to students paying the full £9,250 full-time fee and therefore is not available to sponsored students (including where fees are paid by the NHS or similar body).

Applications must be made no later than Monday 15 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to audition as part of the award selection process during week beginning 22 October 2018.

Download the Music Excellence Award 2018-19

Terms and conditions can be found in our policies and procedures section.

Email: Music.centre@winchester.ac.uk

Please visit the University of Winchester Music Centre for more information.

*PGCE students could receive the figure for the first year. Foundation degree students could receive the figures for the first and second years.

Sports excellence award - Up to £1,500

New full-time UK and EU Undergraduate students are invited to apply for one of five awards of £500 in each year of study. All sports are considered for this award. Recipients of the Award will be expected to contribute to a University Sports Team or train, coach and advise University Sports Teams.

This award is only available to students paying the full £9,250 full-time fee and therefore is not available to sponsored students (including where fees are paid by the NHS or similar body).

Applications must be made no later than 9am on Monday 8 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview as part of the award selection process at the Bar End Sports Stadium on Friday 12 October 2018.

Find out more about the University's Sports Facilities

Download the Sport excellence awards application form

Email: sportsenquiries@winchester.ac.uk

Please send your completed application via email to:

Helen Thomas, Sports Facilities and Development Manager
The University of Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR

King Alfred Scholarship for Care Leavers

Up to £6,000

The financial support for care leavers is in addition to any other bursaries and scholarships for which students may be eligible.

As part of our Access Agreement, the University awards eligible full-time UK, EU and Channel Island students a bursary of £2,000 in each year of study.  In addition, recipients of the scholarship will receive a £75 catering card on arrival for those in University accommodation, plus an additional £1,000 cash bursary upon successful completion of their course in the final year of study.

This scholarship will be awarded to students entering Higher Education at the University who have a former relevant care leaver status, who are under the age of 25 years old and who were ‘looked after' by the local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, which ended after the age of 16 (as per the Children [Leaving Care] Act 2000).

The King Alfred Scholarship may also be available to students who have been:

  • Privately fostered up to the age of 16
  • The subject of a Special Guardianship Order and were ‘looked after’ immediately prior to the making of the order
  • This will be subject to written confirmation of their status and a letter of support from their Local Children’s Services Department.

To find out more and to apply, please contact: studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk 

Lady Mary Bursary for Young Adult Carers

Up to - £1,500

This bursary has been introduced in commemoration of Professor Lady Mary Fagan's immense contribution as the first Chancellor of the University. Lady Mary has been unwavering in her support ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to pursue Higher Education at University, regardless of their background.

As part of our Access Agreement, the University awards eligible UK, EU and Channel Island students a bursary of £500 in each year of study. 

The bursary is awarded to Young Adult Carers between the ages of 18 and 25 who look after a relative or friend, of any age, due to disability, chronic/terminal illness, mental health problem or an alcohol or drug addiction/dependency. They face different issues to other carers and may be looking at moving out of home, going into higher education or juggling working lives with continuing to be a carer.

In the case of those young adult carers who are also Compact applicants, the £500 bursary will be in addition to the £100 Compact bursary.

To apply, please complete the Lady Mary Bursary Application Form. Succesful applicants will receive their award in two equal instalments in each semester.

Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF) Bursary

Up to £1,500

Each year the Helena Kennedy Foundation invites Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges and Adult Education Centres across the UK to nominate up to 5 students for a Helena Kennedy Foundation Award.

Awards Scheme

The awards scheme, which has been running since 1998, is aimed at providing much-needed support to students from the further education sector who have overcome significant obstacles, both financial and personal, to complete their further education. Helena Kennedy Foundation awards are designed to support students in their progression to Higher Education, to improve chances of success in Higher Education and to increase employability when students move from higher education to work.

Application Process

The Helena Kennedy Foundation accepts applications each year from the 1st January to the 31st March. The Foundation only accepts applications from students who are in their final year of further education and intend to progress to higher education in the same year.
The University of Winchester offers 3 badged bursaries each year to students coming to study at the university. The bursary is worth £500 a year for three years of study.

All applications are received and processed by the Helena Kennedy Foundation.

Full-time undergraduate UK, EU and Channel Islands students are welcome to apply.

The University of Winchester provides support to students who are seeking asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK. Find out more on the Students Seeking Asylum page.

Enterprise support and awards

'Try IT' awards

We have recently teamed up with Student Hubs to provide startup funding opportunities for enterprising students and recent graduates. The funding takes the form of so-called 'Try It' awards.

'Try It' awards offer funding of up to £500 for individuals to try out their business ideas. This might mean finding out if their idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and trying the project on a small scale first. The award provides an opportunity for individuals not yet used to managing large sums of money or planning larger projects to take the first steps towards starting their own project and gaining the skills needed to run it. The funding enables individuals to progress at their own pace with the right support to develop the entrepreneurial skills they will require to, in some cases, take on larger projects.

In previous years, Winchester was able to award external funding to staff, students and recent graduates in the form of start-up awards for (social) enterprise projects, the 'Try It' and 'Do It' Awards. Many of our award holders are inspiring role models for other students, and are also working with the University's Widening Participation team to inspire future students.

Winchester was shortlisted for the ‘University New to Social Enterprise’ award; it was the most successful university in the Southwest in terms of numbers of applications and awards and was used as a national research case study. Find out more and how to apply

Enterprise support

Inspiring Enterprise Project – Targeting the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

The University of Winchester is excited to be working on a new project to help budding entrepreneurs. Inspiring Enterprise has been launched thanks to a significant grant secured from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF).

Course specific bursaries

2018 Course-specific Scholarships

The University of Winchester is pleased to offer a scholarship of £500 to students on the following new courses for students starting in September 2018:

Terms and Conditions

The scholarships are for the first year of entry only for UK & EU students starting in September and will be paid in full one single instalment in the second semester (February 2019). To be eligible, students need to have applied for and enrolled full-time on one of the courses above in September 2018. Students who transfer onto one of these courses following enrolment in September 2018 will not be eligible for the scholarship.

Students may be eligible for other scholarships and awards, such as the Academic Achievement Award.

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy bursary

A £1,000 bursary will be granted to BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy students starting in September 2018 who achieve BBB or equivalent or above.