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Social Action Bursary

Applications for this bursary are now closed. 


We know going to university can sometimes be expensive, however a very generous donation has been given by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation awarding five bursaries of £2,000, per year for three years to new Staffordshire University students (subject to eligibility).

Eligibility Criteria

Prospective students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the one of the bursaries:

To meet the criteria for receiving the bursary the student must:
  • Be a first year/ Level 4 undergraduate only
  • Be a UK home student
  • Be studying BA (Hons) Action on Poverty and Hardship
  • Home postcode (not term address) within 30 miles of either the Stoke-on-Trent campus or our Blackheath Lane Centre of Excellence
  • Have paid full tuition fees as a full-time on-campus student
  • Have a household income of below £25,000 per annum that is assessed by their award authority, and have given consent for this information to be shared with the University
  • Be studying a non-funded course (i.e. not entitled to receive any government support, liable to pay their own tuition fee)
  • Have experience within the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) (including volunteering, charity work, community work or social support etc)

Further key information

You will not need to reapply in year two or three, however you will need to be enrolled, and on track to achieve a 2:2 or above.

At the end of each year, you will need to provide an annual report to the donor, making them aware of what you have learnt during the year, and how this has driven or changed your goals.

As part of the degree, you will be asked to fundraise to support the Horizon Fund, to help future students benefit from such generous donated funds.

The bursary will be paid in two instalments directly to the provided bank account – Students must be in full attendance for these payment dates.

Students must be actively engaged in their studies, with failure to do this resulting in the bursary being taken away.

Students must also be willing to be involved in University publicity campaigns e.g. social media, web, magazines if required.

Experience within the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS), this might be that you volunteer informally helping older Neighbours or that you coordinate a local community sports team or that you work as a paid coordinator in your local food bank.

How to apply 

Applications for this bursary are now closed.

There are five bursaries available, please review your application before submitting as duplicate entries will not be considered.

Please ensure: 

  • You spell check your application 
  • Highlight your ambitions 
  • Highlight your goals 
  • Explain why you chose your degree, what will studying at Staffordshire University do for you 
  • Give examples of what you have done within the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS). This could be paid or unpaid
  • Don’t focus on your personal/home life situation, this bursary is meant to help support your time at University, to help towards trips, equipment or other items that take your degree to the next level

This is not meant as a hardship bursary – if you are having any financial difficulties or struggles, please contact the main University Financial Support team.

Key dates 

  • The closing date is 3pm Friday 6 October 2021.
  • Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application by Monday 25 October 2021.

Bursary Payment Exemptions 

    • The University will conduct a review of a student’s bursary if progress or performance in their studies is deemed to be unsatisfactory without an appropriate reason for this.
    • If the scholar ceases to no longer be a registered full-time student at the University or they take up full-time employment whilst in receipt of the bursary, no further payments will occur.
    • The University has the right to withdraw an award from anyone who is found to have misled the institution about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid to them.
    • Staffordshire University reserves the right to revise or amend these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. All decisions made by the Development and Alumni Relations Office are final.
    • Individual feedback is not guaranteed.