Black Futures Scholarship terms and conditions

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Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be resident in the United Kingdom
  • Have one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • Black African
    • Black Caribbean
    • Black Other
    • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
    • Mixed – White and Black African
    • Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
  • Have been made an offer (or be awaiting a decision) to start an undergraduate programme at the University of Bristol in 2022/23
  • Be in full-time study - students undertaking part-time study are not eligible to apply
  • Have a demonstrable financial need
  • Be eligible for, have applied for and have accepted the financial support available from the UK Government (in the form of the tuition fee and living costs loans from the Student Loans Company).

Prospective students who select the University of Bristol as their insurance choice through the UCAS process will not be eligible for the award.

Priority will be given to applicants:

  • from a low-income household
  • from areas of low participation in higher education
  • who have attended an aspiring state school
  • who are under 25 and have previously been in care
  • who have a disability
  • who will be over 21 years old at the start of the course.

Eligibility for multiple awards

The University operates many bursaries and scholarships and to ensure fair distribution of funding it may be necessary to place some restrictions on the receipt of multiple awards.

Recipients of the following schemes are eligible to receive a Black Futures Scholarship:

Recipients of the following schemes are not eligible to receive a Black Futures Scholarship:

  • The Futures Scholarship 
  • The Futures Plus Scholarship 
  • Sanctuary Scholarship 
  • VC Scholarship 
  • Lloyds Scholarship 
  • Anne and Peggy Sleigh Bursary 
  • Nicholl’s Arts Bursary 
  • Christopher Frederick Edwards Bursary 
  • Law Bursary  

This list is reviewed on an on-going basis and the University reserves the right to add further scholarships or bursaries at any time to ensure a fair distribution of funding.

The University operates a Financial Assistance Fund and several hardship funds. Recipients of the Black Futures Scholarship would also be able to apply to these funds but the value of the scholarship would be taken into account during the assessment process for any discretionary awards. 

Award

Awards to successful candidates will have a cash value of £2,000. Payments will be made in the first year of study only.

Awards will be paid via BACS in two equal instalments. The payment dates for the 2022/23 awards are yet to be confirmed.

To receive a payment, students should be registered and engaged with their studies and have a good attendance record. The University reserves the right to allocate any payments of the award to any outstanding invoices should a recipient have missed payments due to the University. This is in accordance with the University’s regulations.

Career employability funding

In addition, recipients will have access to up to £2,500 of funding support for employability opportunities, such as an internship, placement or summer research programme.

Recipients will be responsible for identifying a suitable internship or other opportunities and explaining why it provides meaningful experience that enhances their employability. They will have the support of the Black Futures Scholarships co-ordinator and the Careers Service to explore the opportunities available. The employability opportunity will be agreed with the Black Futures Scholarships co-ordinator who must approve the release of funding.

This funding support will be paid as most appropriate to the chosen opportunity and will not always be a direct payment to the student. To access the funding, recipients may need to provide evidence, such as receipts, for the Black Futures Scholarships co-ordinator to approve.

The employability funding is flexible and may be taken at different stages of study, depending on individual circumstances, including up to 12 months after graduation.

What you can claim for

The employability opportunity can be conducted in the UK or overseas. If the University in its absolute discretion, considers that the opportunity is not suitable it reserves the right to decline payment of the Career Employability Funding.

Rail Travel

  • The Employability Funding can be used to reimburse the cost of standard class return rail travel between your employability opportunity and your return address. 
  • The Employability Funding cannot be used reimburse the cost of first-class travel. You should take the most appropriate direct route and attempt to book in advance in order to secure the most favourable fare cost.
  • The funding can be used to purchase an Oyster Card or other prepaid travel card that can be used for the duration of your employability opportunity. 

Travel by Bus or Coach

  • The Employability funding can be used to reimburse the cost of local bus fares where a bus journey is required to travel to your Employability Opportunity.
  • The University can reimburse the cost of bus or coach fares between your Employability Opportunity and your return address.

Taxi Fares

  • The Employability Funding can cover taxi fares but must be agreed in advance with the Futures Scholarship Coordinator.

Travel by Air or Sea

  • The Employability funding can be used to reimburse the cost of ferry, boat or economy class air fares (or the equivalent on budget airlines) between the airport closest to your Employability Opportunity and return address where a low-cost airfare is cheaper than the equivalent bus, coach or train fare.
  • The Employability funding can be used to reimburse the costs of appropriate airport flyer bus services between airports and your Employability Opportunity and your return address.
  • The University will not reimburse the cost of business class or first-class air fares or additional charges for priority boarding, airport lounges, Wi-Fi or meals, snacks and drinks purchased at the airport or in-flight.

Travel by Car

  • If travelling by car, mileage for a return journey between your employability opportunity and return destination should be calculated through the RAC Route Planner.
  • The distance for the recommended route may be claimed at 15p per mile.
  • The cost of any relevant receipted parking charges can also be claimed.

Accommodation

  • The Employability Funding can be used to pay for reasonable accommodation expenses for the duration of an employability opportunity. Black Futures Scholarship recipients must meet with the Futures Scholarship Coordinator to agree suitable accommodation options.

Other Expenses

  • The Employability Funding can be used to cover any additional expenditure such as conference fees, professional body membership, and subsistence (meals, drinks, etc.). These expenses must be agreed in advance on a case by case basis with the Futures Scholarship Coordinator.

Other exclusions

  • The Employability Funding cannot be used to reimburse the cost of travel for additional individuals who accompany the Black Futures Scholarship Recipient such as parents, guardians or friends.
  • Exceptionally, the University may reimburse the cost of travel for a carer.
  • Any fines incurred whilst driving or parking cannot be reimbursed.

Applying for employability funding

Current recipients should contact the Futures Scholarship Coordinator futures-scholars@bristol.ac.uk for access to the form to make a claim. Black Futures Scholarship recipients will need to provide a breakdown of costs that funding will cover.  If the amount totals over £500 the recipient will be required to meet with the Futures Scholarship Coordinator to discuss the opportunity.

The employability opportunity will be agreed with the Futures Scholarships Coordinator who must approve the release of funding.

To access the Career Employability Funding, recipients may need to provide evidence, such as receipts or quotes, for the Futures Scholarships Coordinator to approve.

This funding support will be paid as most appropriate to the chosen opportunity and will not always be a direct payment to the Black Futures Scholarship recipient.

Changes to your circumstances

Withdrawing students will not have to repay any Employability Funding payments as long as the student was registered, and the employability opportunity has been fulfilled. If a student withdraws before an employability opportunity, they will not receive further payments, but the repayment of any previously paid instalments will not be sought.

Update report to donors to the scholarship programme and other opportunities

This scholarship is funded by kind donations from alumni and friends of the University. Scholarship recipients of the Futures scholarship (Futures Scholars) will be required to provide update reports throughout their degree to the donors of this programme, coordinated through the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). Recipients will also be required to engage with and provide updates to the Careers Service when utilising the career employability funding. Both DARO and the Careers Service will provide the Futures Scholars with support and advice to complete these updates. 

Futures Scholars will also be invited to take part in activities organised by DARO to thank donors and encourage others to donate and support more students in the future. Possible activities may include, providing thank you messages, taking part in photo shoots, featuring in paper and online publications and attending donor events (either online or in person). There are often opportunities to deliver presentations and speeches at donor events as well. We strongly encourage Futures Scholars to get involved in these activities as many students find them an enjoyable way to meet other scholars, develop new skills and learn more about the University community.  

How to apply

Applications for the Black Futures Scholarship will only be accepted via the online application form for Additional Funding when it opens on 22 November 2022.

All applications should be received by the published deadline. Late applications will not be considered. The online application form will be closed once the deadline has passed. There is no appeal process and requests to submit late applications will not be considered.

Application process

  1. The University will make offers of an award to successful candidates.
  2. Prospective students will need to have firmly accepted an offer of a place to study to remain eligible.
  3. To ensure that all the awards are made, the University will select a number of students to be on a reserve list for the scholarship. Students who are on the reserve list may be contacted at a later date to be informed that they have been offered the scholarship should an award become available. Being placed on the reserve list is not a guarantee of an award.

Timetable

The timetable will be confirmed.

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