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University of Suffolk Asylum-Seeker Support

For the 2019/20 academic year, the University of Suffolk is offering two Scholarships (one undergraduate and one postgraduate) for students who are seeking asylum in the UK, and who are not eligible to receive financial support from Student Finance England.  The Undergraduate Scholarship application has now closed. The Postgraduate Scholarship application will remain open until 31 August 2019.

The successful applicants will receive:

  • A 100% tuition fee-waiver.
  • The University of Suffolk Bursary of £500 per year of study*

This Scholarship will be awarded until you are able to access support from Student Finance England. You will be required to apply for student support from Student Finance England in the following academic year.

*All undergraduate students who are seeking asylum in the UK will be eligible to receive the University of Suffolk Bursary.

Eligibility Criteria

You must ensure meet ALL of the eligibility criteria outlined below and be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances. Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for the Scholarship.

  • You are resident in Suffolk; AND
  • You have sought asylum in the UK or were included as a dependant (spouse/child) on an application for asylum*; AND
  • You have yet to receive a decision on your asylum claim, or you have received a decision on your claim for asylum which has resulted in an award of DLR (Discretionary Leave to Remain); AND
  • You have been offered a full-time place on either an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Suffolk, starting in September 2019 or February 2020.; AND
  • You are unable to access Financial Support (Tuition and Maintenance Loans) from Student Finance England because of your current immigration status; AND
  • You do not have a qualification that is equal or higher than the course you are applying to.

* Spouses / civil partners must have been the spouse / civil partner on the date on 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.

These scholarships are payable in each academic year of your course until you (or your parents or spouse / civil partner) are granted Refugee Status (Leave to Remain) in the UK. Your award will then stop from the start of the next academic year.

Application and Selection Process

The application process for the Undergraduate Scholarship for 2019-20 has now closed. The application process is open for the Postgraduate Scholarship, and will close on 31 August 2019. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 30 September 2019.

Complete the application form

If more applications are received than Scholarships available, the University of Suffolk Asylum-Seeker Scholarship will be awarded by a Selection Panel. The decision of the panel will be final.

Preference will be given to applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Asylum-seekers resident in Suffolk
  • Academic potential
  • Academic history

Please direct any enquiries to: Cara Shirley, Head of Student Recruitment and Market Development c.shirley@uos.ac.uk 

Terms and Conditions

The University of Suffolk Asylum-Seeker Scholarship is awarded to Asylum-Seekers or applicants who have been granted Discretionary Leave/Humanitarian Protection and do not qualify for support from Student Finance England.

Eligibility

1. To be eligible for this Scholarship, applicants must:

a. Have applied for an undergraduate or postgraduate place at the University of Suffolk;

b. Meet the academic conditions of the offer to study at the University of Suffolk;

b. Be an asylum-seeker in the UK or a person granted Discretionary Leave / Humanitarian Protection in the UK and not eligible for support from Student Finance England;

c. Not have an equal or higher qualification that that which the applicant will be studying at the University of Suffolk.

 

2. Preference will be given to applicants:

a. Resident in Suffolk

b. Academic potential

b. Academic history

 

Value of award

3. The Scholarship awards the student honorary Home fee status, and pays for:

a. Undergraduate level: the Home/EU rate (£9,250* per annum) and an annual bursary (£500) for up to four years of study.

b. Postgraduate taught level: the Home/EU rate (fee as advertised) and an annual bursary (£500) for one year of study.

4. The annual bursary is normally paid in two instalments of £250 in February and £250 in May.

 

Selection process

4. In the event that more applications are submitted than there are Scholarships available, the Scholarship will be awarded by a University of Suffolk panel, whose decision is final.

5. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of:

a. Resident in Suffolk

b. Academic potential

b. Academic history

 

Scholarship terms

6. The Fee Scholarship is awarded once the recipient has completed the University’s enrolment process. The Bursary component will be payable in in two payments as noted above.

7. If two or more candidates are deemed to be of equal merit, the Scholarship will not be divided.

8. If no candidate is judged to be of sufficient merit, the Scholarship will not be awarded.

9. No person will be awarded the Scholarship more than once.

10. In the event that a recipient’s asylum application is refused by the UK Government, the recipient will be allowed to study pending an appeal on their asylum claim. The University reserves the right to suspend studies following notification from the Home Office.

11. In the event that a recipient’s asylum claim is upheld and refugee status (Leave to Remain) is granted by the UK Government, the applicant will be removed from the scholarship effective from the next academic year, where the applicant will then be able to apply for support from Student Finance England.

12. In the event of an intercalation or withdrawal the fee scholarship and bursary will be reduced pro-rata as per the University’s advertised cut-off dates.

13. The recipient may be asked to participate in marketing or promotional activity about their experience at the University of Suffolk.

13. The Scholarship is subject to these terms and conditions which must be formally agreed to by the recipient before the award is made.

 

*Increases for subsequent years of study will be covered by the scholarship.