The Access to Learning Fund is a sum of money that the University has to assist home and EU students in financial difficulty. There is a limited amount of funding specifically for those affected by COVID-19, and the application process is the same for all. The fund is based on income and allowable expenditure over the academic year, and awards are made when there is a shortfall between the two. The fund is primarily designed as a safety net when students have exhausted all other available financial support (sometimes referred to as financial hardship).
Funding is not guaranteed and an award does not mean that a student will be guaranteed funding in the future. If an award is made then it is separate to other state funding, and awards do not usually have to be repaid.
The Fund cannot help towards tuition fees and is strictly aimed at support for essential basic living costs.
To submit an application, please complete the Access to Learning Fund application form.
Please submit all the relevant documents with your application to ensure it is assessed as speedily as possible.
For more information, or to enquire about your eligibility to apply, please email the Student Financial Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student in receipt of the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) and have paid the £200 laptop contribution, this can be reclaimed using the DSA laptop fund application form.
The completed form and supporting documents should be returned to email@example.com.
The fund is open to international students living in the UK and on a current course. It is a one-off payment to provide temporary relief that is directly related to the current COVID-19 situation and does not include funding for outstanding tuition fees for example.
Submitting an application is not a guarantee that a payment will be made, and all applications are subject to providing relevant evidence which is assessed at the discretion of the University. This can include
Failure to provide evidence will result in your application being rejected.
Please note: if you have received financial support since January 2021 through a financial hardship fund from the University, an application to this fund will only be approved if your circumstances have significantly changed.
Please complete this form fully and include relevant evidence to help us process your application quickly.
Applications to the fund are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and the University’s decision is final.