Bursaries and Scholarships 2015

We know that going to university can be a daunting as well as an exciting experience, so to help you along the way we have a number of bursaries and scholarships.
Bursaries and scholarships are university-specific awards designed to support you should you choose to study at Keele.

We have three types of bursaries and scholarships available for students commencing their undergraduate studies.  You can receive more than one award (although it is not possible to receive a National Scholarship Programme Award and a Keele University Bursary together).

Bursaries and scholarships do not have to be repaid.

The Keele Excellence Scholarship

The Keele Excellence Scholarships (no application needed)

The Excellence Scholarship is a cash award paid to students who attain the highest grades in their pre-entry qualifications, regardless of household income levels. 

For details of which qualifications and grades could result in you receiving a Scholarship, and how much you might receive, look at our ‌Excellence scholarship criteria 2015

Please note that if your qualification is not on this list, you will not be eligible to receive an Excellence Scholarship.

For further queries, please email us at student.services@keele.ac.uk‌

  • £2,000 Scholarship

If you attain a minimum of three "A" grades at A2 level (or equivalent in other similar qualifications - please see above).

and you commence a full-time undergraduate degree course at Keele University in September 2015

and you are a UK or EU student liable to pay £9,000 tuition fees

You should receive a Keele University Excellence Scholarship of £2,000 a year for the duration of your full-time, undergraduate degree at Keele University.

  • £1,000 Scholarship

If you attain a minimum of two A grades and one B grade at A2 level  (or equivalent in other similar qualifications - please see above).

and you commence a full-time undergraduate degree course at Keele University in September 2015

and you are a UK or EU student liable to pay £9,000 tuition fees

You should receive a Keele University Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 a year for the duration of your full-time, undergraduate degree at Keele University.

  • £500 Scholarship

If you attain a minimum of one A grade and two B grades at A2 (or equivalent in other similar qualifications - please see above).

and you commence a full-time undergraduate degree course at Keele University in September 2015

and you are a UK or EU student liable to pay £9,000 tuition fees

You should receive a Keele University Excellence Scholarship of £500 a year for the duration of your full-time, undergraduate degree at Keele University.

General information

This information refers to all three Excellence Scholarships:

The Scholarship will not be awarded to students who receive NHS or other public funding for their course.

Students taking undergraduate medicine will not receive the Keele Excellence Scholarship.

Students with the relevant grades in a mixture of qualifications (for example, two Distinctions in a BTEC qualification and an "A" grade in one A level) could be eligible to receive an Excellence Scholarship. Full details are in the criteria sheet on this page.

If you have any queries about eligibility for Excellence Scholarships, please contact us at student.services@keele.ac.uk

 

The Keele University Bursary

The Keele University Bursary (no application needed)

A bursary of £1,000 a year is available for all undergraduate students
who:

  • Commence their full-time undergraduate degree at Keele in September 2014,
  • Are liable to pay the full tuition fee of £9,000. Please note that if you are receiving any non-repayable, non-means-tested funding from your Government towards your tuition fee payment, you will not receive the Keele University Bursary. For example, Welsh students who receive partial tuition fee funding from the Welsh Assembly will not receive the Keele University Bursary.
  • Have a gross annual household income below £25,000
  • Receive the maximum maintenance grant or Special Support Grant of £3378 in 2014/15
  • Are not on a course that receives other public funding eg. NHS funded courses, PGCE or Social Work

Keele Opportunity Scholarship

The Keele Opportunity Scholarship (no application needed)

This scholarship is a cash award that recognises and rewards academic excellence in our local students. This one-off scholarship is available to students from specific postal areas in Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire who will be starting their first, full-time undergraduate degree course in September 2015.

Click here for more information!

Asylum Seekers Scholarship

Article 26 is a project supported by the Helena Kennedy Foundation which is committed to supporting disadvantaged students and enabling them to continue their studies in higher education.

Keele University is offering one Article 26 Scholarship in 2015/16 for a student who is seeking asylum in the UK and does not have access to student finance.

The scholarship offers a 100% tuition fee waiver for an undergraduate course (with the exception of NHS funded courses and Foundation Year courses).

To make an application you will need to complete the online application form and return to the email address below. Applicants must have received an offer from Keele BEFORE applying for the scholarship.

The Guidance Notes provided below should help you to decide whether you are eligible to apply. If you are uncertain about your eligibility and would like to discuss this or have any questions about the process please contact the Student Services Centre on 01782 734481 or email student.services@keele.ac.uk

Am I Eligible?

Applicants must meet these strict eligibility criteria and be in a position to verify their circumstances in order to apply. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for an award. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully as follows:

  • An asylum seeker or the partner/dependant of an asylum seeker OR
  • An asylum seeker/partner/dependent who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status

Please note: Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.

AND;

  • To have been offered a place (conditional or unconditional) on an undergraduate programme at Keele University BEFORE applying for the Article 26 Award. (With the exception of NHS funded programmes and Foundation Year programmes which are not eligible for this award)
  • To be unable to access UK Government Student Finance (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans/grants) because of their current immigration status
  • To be able to provide evidence that they have sought asylum on arrival in the UK and that their asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office
  • Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of Keele University

The Article 26 Award is payable in each academic year of the course. This is unless, as a result of an asylum application, you (or your parents or spouse/civil partner) are granted indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK. If this happens, you must inform the University and the award will cease from the start of the next academic year, when you would be expected to apply for student finance instead.

The Article 26 Award provides:

Tuition Fee Support: Successful students will be offered a 100% tuition fee waiver place at university until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access student finance.

Personal Support: In addition to fee remission, support will also be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme.

Keele University will not be able to provide any financial support for accommodation or living costs. Students should only apply if they are able to support these costs themselves during their university course. 

How to Apply:

Application and Selection process

Before making an application for the Article 26 Award please ensure that you meet our eligibility criteria. If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply for an award please contact the Student Services Centre on 01782 734481 or email student.services@keele.ac.uk

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes fully before completing the application form

The completed application form should be given to your supporting Referee who should be asked to complete a supporting statement

All application forms must be signed by the Principal of the school or college or a Senior Manager of the voluntary or community group supporting the student’s application. 

How will I know whether I have been Successful?

  • Please note that this is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful
  • Following initial assessment, the University will contact you to let you know whether or not your application will progress to the next stage of the selection process.
  • If your application is taken forward, you will be invited to an interview to verify the information you have provided in your application
  • Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date of Friday 1st May 2015
  • If you are successful in being offered an Article 26 Scholarship you will be informed within two weeks of your interview

For further information on any aspect of completing your application please email student.services@keele.ac.uk

Article 26 Scholarship Guidance notes

Article 26 Scholarship Application form

Care Leavers Bursary

The precise amount of funding you will receive each year will depend on your individual circumstances.

Keele Care Leavers Bursary

Here at Keele we offer a specific cash bursary for Care Leavers. If you have been looked after for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and were in care on their 16th birthday you will receive  £1000 in year 1, £1500 in year 2 and £2000 in year 3 of your course.

Care Leavers HE Bursary

As part of your Pathway Plan you may also be entitled to a one-off £2000 Higher Education Bursary from your Local Authority. This is available to any Care Leaver who started their course before their 25th birthday, and it does not have to be repaid. Your Pathway Plan should also include information on your plans for University, accommodation, independent living, financial and other support. You should speak to your Local Authority or Leaving-Care Worker to determine how you will receive your bursary and whether it will be paid in a lump sum or in instalments.

Personalised Financial Advice and Support

If you are unsure of what financial support you are entitled to you can contact our Money Advice and Guidance teamwho can advise on bursaries and scholarships, how to apply for student finance and budgeting.

You can contact the team on 01782 734481 or email student.services@keele.ac.uk