Bristol UWE unveils one of UK's biggest bursary packages

Issue date: 17 March 2005


Issue date: 17/03/05

The University of the West of England, Bristol UWE, is to offer students one of the biggest bursary packages at any University, according to information published by the new Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Bristol UWE will offer £8 million in bursaries to its students over the next three years. The University is one of the UK’s top universities for Teaching Quality* and amongst the strongest in balance sheet terms and has an ambitious £200 million development programme*.

The Bristol UWE bursary scheme will offer

• up to £1,250 guaranteed for three years for students with a family income up to £15,500
• an average of £750 for those with a family income between £15,500 and £32,000
• a minimum of £333 for many other students

This will represent extraordinary value for money to today’s ‘employment-conscious’ students. They know they will be studying at an institution with an excellent teaching reputation (according to the Times Good University Guide*) which is highly rated by employers. In addition they will receive financial help at the time they need it most.

“Vice Chancellor, Alfred Morris says, “Bristol UWE combines academic and financial strength. We are determined to use that combination to help as many students as possible to enter the university of their first choice. We would deplore the prospect of students feeling they needed to compromise their choice of university on the grounds of cost. That is why we are offering one of the UK’s most generous bursary schemes”

Applications to UWE are currently up by 17% according to the latest UCAS figures – one of the highest increases in the country.

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Editor’s notes

* Bristol UWE is currently ranked 20th of the English universities in terms of teaching quality with a “score” of 22, alongside Bristol and Nottingham universities, according to the Times Good University Guide.
* Every subject assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) since 1995 has been given at least 20 out of 24 points.
* Bristol UWE is investing £75m in a new student village offering high quality student accommodation and new sports facilities on the Frenchay Campus (opening September 2006) as part of its £200m capital programming over the next five years.
*Open Day – Wednesday 15 June 2005 – Prospective students and their parents can get specific advice on courses, fees and bursaries.
* There will also be no strings attached in terms of students having to spend all this money on university facilities
*There will also be funds, such as the Access to Learning Fund, to provide extra support for those who find it difficult financially, such as mature, Access, disabled students and lone parents.
*For further details on UWE bursaries see www.uwe.ac.uk/money from 18 March
*The university is also offering employer-linked bursaries such as the Aardman’s Bursary

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