Summer Support Fund 21/22

We are committed to improving the equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed and progress in higher education. As part of our commitment, underpinned by our Access and Participation Plan, we have made a discretionary Support Fund available to our students in 2021/22.

You must meet the following criteria to be able to apply for the Summer Support Fund 2021/22:

  • Be a current UK (home) undergraduate Keele University student
  • Belong to one or more key student groups
  • Demonstrate how the Support Fund would enhance your university experience

Our key student groups, as defined in our Access and Participation Plan, are:

  • Care leavers
  • Household income below £25,000 (verified by Student Finance)
  • Mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of your current course)
  • Students from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic community
  • Students from a Gypsy, Romany and traveller community
  • Students from a military family background
  • Students who are estranged from their family (aged under 25 and have zero contact with family)
  • Students with a disability
  • Students with caring responsibilities (for a friend or family member with a disability who could not cope without your care)
  • Students with children under 18
  • Students with refugee status
  • Transgender students

The University’s Access and Participation Plan focuses on UK students and we are therefore unable to consider applications from international students.

Please note, if you have previously received an award from the Support Fund 2021/22, you will not be eligible for a further award.

The Support Fund is intended to enhance the university experience for students within our key student groups, by providing financial assistance to help to reduce barriers to accessing higher education. For example, a student may wish to apply to the Support Fund for financial assistance towards:

  • a gym membership to support mental health
  • IT equipment to help to manage studies around other commitments
  • the cost of childcare
  • travel or accommodation for a summer internship

This isn't an exahaustive list, and we would welcome students to apply for other reasons too.

In contrast, the Hardship Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to students experiencing severe financial hardship, who are struggling to afford essential costs such as accommodation, food and necessary travel. If you are experiencing severe financial hardship, please consider applying for our Hardship Fund.

You are welcome to apply for both the Hardship Fund and the Support Fund within the same academic year, provided that you meet the eligibility criteria for both.

Applications for the Summer Support Fund 21/22 are now open, and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 29th June. You can apply using our online application form using the link above.

If you experience any issues in completing your application, please contact to speak to our Financial Support Team.

Once applications have closed, we will complete an eligibility check on your application. We may need to contact you to discuss your application or to request appropriate evidence, and so please ensure that you check your Keele email account regularly.

All applications will then be referred to a panel, chaired by the Director of Student Services, for consideration. The panel’s decision will be final.

We will aim to contact all applicants by Friday 8th July to let you know the outcome of your application.

If your application is successful, you will receive an award of up to £1,500, determined on a needs-assessed basis and the eligibility critiera.

There is a limited amount of funding available within the Support Fund. As such, the University is unable to guarantee a minimum level of award as this will be dependent on the number of eligible students and the needs of others.

We will send all awards by bank transfer. We will contact all successful applicants to request bank details for payment. We expect that the payment date for awards will be in July (the exact date will be confirmed closer to the time).