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					FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM 2009 – 2010 Please return this application to the appropriate Faculty Office by 5:00 pm on Monday 16 November 2009 – this deadline will be applied consistently across all three campuses. The onus is on applicants to ensure that their application arrives in time, so please allow sufficient time if you are relying on internal or external mail systems, and make sure you use the correct Faculty Office address as follows: Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ulster Room 17G07 Jordanstown / MF013 Magee / B110 Coleraine 'Phone 02890-368480, Fax 02890-366806

Please read attached guidance notes and tick box(es) to indicate awards you are applying for. This single form can be used for different categories of award.

Scholarship(s) Category

Closing Date

Are details and evidence of financial circumstances required? YES YES NO YES


Please tick box

Placement Access Scholarships International Placement Travel Scholarship Community Outreach Scholarships International Development Scholarships

16 November 2009 16 November 2009 16 November 2009 16 November 2009

SECTION 1: CANDIDATE INFORMATION Registration Number FT

(Block Capitals or typewritten please) PT (please tick)

Surname

First Name(s)

Date of Birth

Male

Female

Nationality

Address for Correspondence

Home Address (if different)

Telephone

Mobile

E-mail

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How did you learn of these scholarships? (Course Director / flyer / email / website / other students)
(please circle appropriate answer(s))

SECTION 2:

COURSE INFORMATION

Degree Programme Title

Year / stage (e.g. Year 2 of 4 year degree)

Course Director

Candidates must be in good academic standing. Please set out your Y1 and Y2 module marks to date, highlighting any forthcoming re-sits or resubmissions (NB this information will be checked before any awards are confirmed)

SECTION 3:

PLACEMENT / PROJECT INFORMATION

(write n/a if the question is not relevant to your application)

Proposed dates and location of placement or project:

Employer / placement provider /community or group that you will be working with (NB the Panel will assume it has your consent to seek a report from this person or group)

Estimated travel, accommodation and living costs associated with placement / project NB you must list and explain all costs in detail, using an additional sheet if necessary.

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Why did you choose this placement or project, how does it fit in with your academic and career plans, and what will be the benefits (a) to your studies and your career, and (b) to the placement provider or targeted group? (you may use an additional sheet(s) if necessary)

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SECTION 4: FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Details of income and expenditure
This information will be treated as strictly confidential. Candidates are urged to supply as much details, and as much corroboration as possible, as this information is crucial to determining the recipients of those scholarships which include financial circumstances in the selection criteria.

Income
Student Loan Financial notification letter and payment schedule

Week / month / year

Expenditure
Rent (tenancy agreement which must
show your name, the landlord’s name and contact details and signature)

Week / month / year

Tuition Fee Loan Financial notification letter Higher Education Bursary / Maintenance Grant Financial notification letter

Mortgage Documentary evidence of payments Bank Loans /Overdrafts Bank statements showing transactions for the last 2 months (not an auto bank slip) Utility bills Last bill showing your name and address Course Costs e.g. field trips, placement costs – please provide a letter from your faculty Child Care Costs Letter from crèche / child minder showing contact details & weekly charge Tuition Fees Letter from university Travel costs Over & above normal travel costs

Institutional Bursary Letter from University Grants Adult dependants, Child Care, Parents Learning Allowance Child Tax Credits / Working Tax Credits Letter from Inland Revenue

Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance Letter from benefits agency Housing Benefit Letter from housing executive Disability Benefits Up to date documentation showing details of benefit & how much per wk / mth Earnings / partners earnings Wage slips showing amount & if payments are weekly or monthly Any Other Regular Income

Any Other Regular Expenditure

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In the absence of a tenancy agreement / contract, please ask your landlord to complete this form.
Confirmation of rent I confirm that__________________________________(name of student) is a tenant at: Address_____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ He / she pays the sum of £________week / month / semester / academic year (please delete as appropriate)

Name of landlord _________________________________________________________ Signature of landlord____________________________Date___________ Address_____________________________________________________ Contact telephone number______________________________________

In the absence of up-to-date relevant documentation please take this form to your local Benefits Agency Office.
Confirmation of benefits Claimant Name_______________________________________________ Is the claimant the student ( ) or their partner ( )

I certify that the above named person is being paid the following benefit Name of benefit____________________________ Amount £____________ (per week, fortnight, month) Staff member’s name___________________ Position_____________________________ Signed________________________________ Contact number _________________________Date________________

AGENCY STAMP

SECTION 5: SUPPORT FUND Have you applied to the University Support Fund? (see http://www.uusu.org/content/index.php?page=4485) SECTION 6: DISABILITY

YES

NO

(please circle)

For candidates with a disability, please outline the nature of the disability, any special requirements and financial implications in relation to the placement / project

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SECTION 7:

CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT

Please explain why you are applying for a scholarship, and the implications for your placement / project if your application is unsuccessful.

DECLARATION: I confirm that the information given on this form is complete, true and accurate. Signed (Candidate) Date

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UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER FACULTY of SOCIAL SCIENCES GUIDELINES ON FACULTY SCHOLARSHIPS 2009-10
NB Scholarships are only open to full-time students paying top-up fees i.e. those entering the University after September 2006 – see notes on eligibility. Placement Access Awards (up to £1,000)
These awards are to facilitate short-term (less than 6 months) unpaid placements where hardship would prevent participation. Hardship will be interpreted in the broadest sense (e.g. this could include loss of income, childcare, parent care or travel difficulties), but in all cases candidates must demonstrate that finance is a major obstacle to their undertaking the placement in question. Candidates must provide full details of their financial circumstances, along with a personal statement, and may choose to supplement their personal statement with references or additional submissions from third parties e.g. Course Director or other academic staff, counsellors, community representatives etc. NB additional submissions are optional, not obligatory.

International Placement Travel Award (£1,000)
A single scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded to facilitate travel to undertake a placement outside the UK and Ireland, where hardship would prevent participation. Hardship will be interpreted in the broadest sense (e.g. to include loss of income, childcare, parent care or travel difficulties), but candidates must demonstrate that finance is a major obstacle to undertaking the placement in question. Candidates must provide full details of their financial circumstances, along with a personal statement, and may choose to supplement their personal statement with references or additional submissions from third parties e.g. Course Director or other academic staff, counsellors, community representatives. NB additional submissions are optional, not obligatory.

Community Outreach Scholarships (£1,000)
At least six Community Outreach awards will be made, and these are open to all non-final year students undertaking a placement or a project with a clear benefit to local communities or sections of NI society, with the emphasis on targeting disadvantage. This could include voluntary work abroad, provided the initiative comes entirely from the student. Application is to the Faculty Scholarships Panel, which will take account solely of the impact on, or benefit to, the community or targeted group.

International Development Scholarships (£1,000)
Approximately six International Development awards will be available to applicants undertaking placements or projects in support of developing countries or communities abroad. The work will normally form part of the student’s degree studies, but exceptionally could include e.g. voluntary work abroad, provided the initiative comes entirely from the student. The Scholarship is open to all Social Sciences students and to students taking International Development as a minor strand.

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Eligibility Criteria
1. Students who meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply for scholarships:     are permanently resident in NI, GB or one of the other EU countries; are enrolled on a full-time undergraduate degree or PGCE course; pay the maximum variable fee or are on the first year of a degree course which has an integrated foundation year. Social Work students are not eligible, as they receive separate bursaries; are in good academic standing.

2. Scholarships are paid directly by BACS into a student’s bank account through the Student Loans Company (SLC). In order to receive payment of a scholarship a student must have applied to an Education and Library Board, a Local Authority or, in the case of EU students, to the SLC EU Team at Darlington, given consent for their details to be shared with the University and have a UK bank account in their own name. A student who does not wish to take out a tuition fees loan or maintenance loan may apply for a “non-means tested award” to enable the scholarship to be paid. 3. Faculties are required to supply a list of students who have been approved for a scholarship to Academic Registry to enable payment to be made through SLC. To enable scholarships to be paid by a particular date, names must be received in Registry a minimum of 15 working days in advance. 4. Scholarships will only be paid where a student is in attendance at the University on the date on which the scholarship is due to be paid. Scholarships will not be paid to students who leave before that date. If a student withdraws from the course, subsequent instalments of the scholarship will be stopped. 5. The University reserves the right to reclaim from students any scholarship amounts overpaid as a result of students not having informed the University of their withdrawal from the course.

Notes on completing the application form
6. Candidates may apply for more than one scholarships scheme by ticking the relevant box(es) on the single generic application form. This form should be completed only after reading these guidelines, as the information requirements will vary for different scholarships. 7. The application form, with additional sheets as necessary, will be used to determine the recipients of scholarships. There is no interview or consultation with the student (although the Panel reserves the right to check information with candidates), so it is important to provide as much relevant information as possible, with corroboration if appropriate. Candidates’ personal statements should indicate why they feel they are deserving of a particular award, with reference to the criteria as set out above. 8. For all awards, the recipients will be determined by the Faculty Scholarships Panel, which comprises a representative from each School. 9. The Panel’s decision is final – there is no appeal, and so the onus is on candidates to present a comprehensive and persuasive case. The Panel will not seek references or testimonials from third parties, although it is open to candidates to include such references or statements of support if they believe this will strengthen their application. However, additional evidence from third parties is not obligatory. 10. Candidates must include details of their financial circumstances, in the appropriate section, if applying for an award for which financial circumstances form part of the selection criteria. Note that financial circumstances are not a factor in determining the recipients of Community Outreach awards. 11. Any candidates who have difficulty completing the form, or providing the information requested, may seek advice from the University’s Student Support staff.

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