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2 Student Guidance This presentation was produced by the Student Activities Department at KeeleSU to promote legal and safe ways to fund your PG study in the UK. The aim of the presentation is to increase your awareness of PG funding and to help you make an informed decision on your future education at Keele. It is only to be used as an advisory piece, it is up to you to check the criteria of each funding opportunity and check that you are eligible for the funding. All details were correct at time of publication.

3 Funding There are various types of funding available – Awards & Grants – Bursaries – Scholarships – Research Council Funding – Charities – Studentships – Student Loan Company – Professional & Career Development Loan It is really important you pick the right funding option for your circumstances.

4 Keele Graduate Bursary 2014 £1,000 discount available on some taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU & international students who have graduated from a 1st degree programme at Keele. If you are eligible, the university will contact you. The £1,000 will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, it will be deducted on a pro rata basis. Bursaries cannot be deferred to another academic year. Please be aware: you can not receive public funding along side the Keele Graduate Bursary. If Keele based funding streams are offered to you, you will only receive 1, this will be the stream offering the largest amount of financial support. There will developments of this bursary in the coming months, so please keep an eye out at To find out more contact Helen Johnson

5 MA/MSc Taught Courses Business and Management Counselling Education Environment Ethics Humanities Information Technology Law Media Studies Medicine Nursing Pharmacy Physiotherapy Politics Psychology Science Social Sciences Prices for UK/EU Students Full-time courses range from £1,950- £9,000 £9,000 courses = PGCE Average rate= £3,900-£5,530 Part-time courses range from £1,000- £5,900 Average rate = £2,990-£2,375 For a more in depth look please go to: for the full list of available courses. Prices for International Students Full-time courses range from £4,700-£14,000 Average rate= £10,500-£13,750

6 PGCE Student Bursary The Keele Bursary £800 Bursary given to UK and EU students commencing a full-time PGCE course at Keele University in September 2014. To qualify you must have a gross annual household income below £25,000 including any bursary income. If you receive a grant this will be added to the overall income. You must also be in receipt of the maximum maintenance grant or Special Support Grant. These will be paid in Feb.

7 Keele Graduate Scholarship (Provisional) We will award a cash bursary of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level. Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award. Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. Full details will be available shortly.

8 Keele Access Scholarship (Provisional) Bursaries of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level. The university will select candidates based on specific criteria. Full details will be available shortly.

9 KPA Bursary Keele Postgraduate Association offers bursaries to all MA, MSc, PGCE, PhD, MPhil or other postgraduate degree students. There is a £500 max on applications. Unlike other bursaries, this bursary is not for university accommodation or course tuition fees but for added extras, such as, conference fees, travel costs in the UK, field work costs, archive costs and accommodation costs related to your study/dissertation. The KPA Bursary is currently closed but please email if you wish to apply next round. You can apply up for two times every 12 months. For more information please visit:

10 Santander Scholarships £5,000 Scholarship to 9 students from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela In order to be considered you must be: - holding a conditional or unconditional offer for study on a postgraduate taught masters degree from Keele University before 30 June 2014 for the October intake or by November 30 th 2014 for the January 2015 intake. - a national of and residing in one of the above listed countries -liable to pay fees at the overseas student rate. Please note that the Santander Scholarship can be combined with a Faculty of Natural Science Bursary but not with any other Keele awards. For more information about the Santander Scholarships please email Kate Whiston, International Development Manager

11 Keele International Student Scholarship KISS £3,000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees for a Postgraduate course. The award is open to postgraduate applicants The Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas: - Academic qualifications - English Language ability -Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele -Extra-curricular or work experience Please note: students studying the 5-year undergraduate degree in Medicine & 4-year undergraduate degree in Pharmacy are not eligible for this award. KISS scholarships are open to full-time international students from the following countries: Brunei, China, The Gulf States (Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE), Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, The Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam applications for the KISS award for September 2013/4 entry will be considered on a case by case basis. For further information email: For further information email:

12 FacNatSci Bursary FNS £1,000 guaranteed bursary to all international students, starting a science course at undergraduate or postgraduate level in 2014/15. This is a one-off reduction in tuition fees for the first year of study only. The FNS Scholarship is not available to overseas students studying the Foundation Year for 2014 entry, as Foundation Year programmes have specific fees packages associated with them. Students are also eligible to apply for Keele International Student Scholarships.

13 Natural Science Faculty Options Astrophysics Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Sciences Chemistry Computer Science Environmental Science Forensic Science Geography Geology Geoscience Information Systems Mathematics Medicinal Chemistry Neuroscience Physics Psychology These subject areas have guaranteed bursary of 1,000 GBP offered to international students, starting a science course at undergraduate or postgraduate level in 2014/15.

14 SPIRE MA Bursary- Politics and International Relations 6+ bursaries awarded each year of the value of £1,000–£2,000 to cover part of the cost of the tuition fees. These bursaries have been awarded to both home/EU & international students. The number and size of individual bursaries awarded each year depend on the quality of the applications and on the funds we have available. Bursaries will always take the form of covering part of the cost of tuition fees. They can not be used to cover living expenses. In return for bursaries, students are required to undertake a modest amount of clerical/administrative work in the School (up to 50 hours in the year). All applications for our Masters courses in Politics and International Relations are automatically put forward for a bursary, as long as they are received by the end of June. Students should therefore a strong application with a strong personal statement connected to SPIRE and why they wish to study their chosen Masters at Keele. For more details please go to:

15 Social Work Bursary Although reduced for this year, there will be bursaries available for Masters in Social Work. In the past these have been up to £6,000. Your university fees are paid on your behalf by the NHS. The School reviews all candidates offered a conditional place on the course in relation to a set of criteria in line with the NHS Business Services Authority’s “Inclusion Criteria for Postgraduate Students”, as well as our own selection criteria. The social work bursary is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on behalf of the Department of Health, who fund and set policy for the bursary. (Further information and application packs are available via the link below) Please note that students who do not receive a bursary may still be eligible for a contribution to placement travel costs; further information about eligibility criteria can be found via the following link: Single parents/ careers get extra loans and bursaries provided. For more information please go to:

16 Psychology Bursary In the last few year there have been 3 x School of Psychology bursaries each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees. One each of these will be awarded to each of the three strongest applications. They hope to again offer this in the 2014/15 application year, so please keep an eye out in Jan/Feb to see if this has been renewed. As your dissertation topic and supervisor strongly flavour your MSc we advise that you take a look early on at the school of psychology staff webpages to see which staff research interests chime with your own dissertation of psychology staff webpages You may e-mail staff regarding dissertation supervision and research topics before, during or after submitting your application. For more information please go to:

17 The Commonwealth Scholarship These scholarships offer opportunities to Commonwealth citizens to study in the UK. They offer support for full-time study at both Masters and doctoral level. Awards cover airfare, tuition fees, maintenance allowance and other miscellaneous costs. For more information see:

18 Keele in America/in Canada Scholarships Scholarships are currently the equivalent of $4,000 US (US Students) or $4,000 CDN(Canadian Students) at the prevailing rate of exchange in Pounds Sterling GBP after completing registration and commencing the relevant course. Eligibility for the Scholarship Successful candidates must be accepted onto an eligible full-time taught Master’s degree programme at Keele University. To meet the criteria for outstanding academic excellence/achievement, applicants should demonstrate any one or a combination of: -An expectation at the time of the application to obtain a GPA of 3.5 or above (or equivalent) for their first degree -Motivation for the subject -To meet the criteria for outstanding achievement/contribution as an individual, candidates should demonstrate any combination of the following: -An achievement or contribution in citizenship in the form of making a difference to the life of the University community (this could include work on or off campus such as volunteer activity) -An achievement or contribution specifically connected to a sport or sporting activity -Overcoming hardship, disability or other personal adversity -Candidates must be of American or Canadian nationality and will also indicate good reasons why they wish to study in the UK. To apply please visit: nformation/ nformation/ The closing date for the receipt of applications for the annual Scholarship is 30 th June in the relevant year

19 Fulbright Scholarship Eligible to American Students only Keele pays the tuition fees and the US-UK Fulbright Commission pays the student’s stipend and other associated costs. Applications are via Fulbright – see awards/for-us-citizens for information about how to apply and application deadlines. awards/for-us-citizens The online application is facilitated by IIE and is used by Fulbright Commissions worldwide.IIE

20 Marshall Scholarship Eligible to American Students only Keele pays the tuition fees and the Marshall Commission the maintenance costs. Applications are via Marshall – see Deadline for applications is usually October for entry the following September. Applications must be endorsed by the President, Provost, or Academic Dean of the applicant's educational institution (or employer). The online application must be submitted and authorised by a designated member of staff at the applicant's educational institution

21 Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme Keele is a participating university in the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme Eligible to students from Congo Brazzaville, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Suriname, Uganda and Uruguay. For more information about eligibility please visit: ersdegrees/feesandscholarshipinformation/ ersdegrees/feesandscholarshipinformation/ The scholarship will cover among others; -full tuition fees; -a monthly stipend; -travel costs; -warm clothing; -baggage allowance To apply please visit:

22 Keele Primary Health Care Studentships Stipend of around £16,000- £30,000 normally offered. A stipend is a form of salary, such as for an internship or apprenticeship. Studentships in Primary Health Care: Studentship awards include fees, an annual tax-free stipend of £18,000 and a non-pay allowance of up to £30,000. Apply online via: /docs/Info_studentships_2013_Mar13.pdf

23 Keele EPSAM Science Based Grants and Studentships EPSAM, Research Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics is composed of more than 80 academic staff and contract research staff and more than 60 postgraduate researchers across a spectrum of science. The Institute seeks to promote interdisciplinary synergies and collaboration both internally and externally and has a wealth of experience of Research Council funded, Industrial and Charity funded research grants and contracts. To see what current Mphil/Phd ‘s are available please go to: AstrophysicsAstrophysics, Computer Science, Environment, Physical Geography, Geosciences, Chemistry, MathematicsComputer ScienceEnvironmentPhysical Geography GeosciencesChemistryMathematics EPSAM- NERC Funded Studentships:

24 Research Grants Science & Technology Facilities Council Joint Grant with the MoD: aspx aspx Research Grant information please go to: 89.aspx 89.aspx Postgraduate Studentship: aspx aspx

25 Access to Learning Fund In order to be eligible to apply to the fund you have to: -Be a UK student (ie. Pay “home” tuition fees) -Be eligible to receive financial support from the UK government ie grant, loans. -Be in receipt of your full entitlement of statutory and discretionary student funding including the maximum student loan you can take out -Show evidence of hardship (documentation will be required). You have to complete and return to us an ALF application form with supporting documentation. These can be obtained online or in the SFS Centre which has now been moved to Walter Moberly Building. Your application must then be returned to the Student Financial Support Reception, with supporting documentation. If you wish to see a member of staff about your application or if you need help with applying, you can make an appointment by calling 01782 733996/734087, emailing or you can just come in to the office during opening For more information and the application pack please visit:.

26 Research Awards Preventing death by indifference - £52,300 award Keele astrophysicist co-investigator on multi-million dollar survey Major Award for ISTM Research GroupESRC Grant for project on Climate Policy and Political Parties Grant Charity Funding for Age-Related Hearing Loss Research Medical Institute Awards for Staff and Students Royal Society Grant Three new AHRC Awards for Keele Management School Leverhulme Trust Research Award Keele's Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence Status Renewed For more information please visit:

27 NHS Student Grants & Bursaries Applicable for some MA courses and BA courses and second degrees for graduates. Whether you can get an NHS bursary depends on: -where you live - Your course - Your household income - Whether you’ve already had funding To get an NHS bursary you must: -Have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years until the first day of the academic year -Be ordinarily resident in England if you’re a medical or dental student -Have ‘settled status’ in the UK

28 NHS Student Grants & Bursaries Full-time NHS students starting a course from 1 September 2012 can apply for: a bursary from the NHS a grant from the NHS a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England Eligible part-time students can apply for: a reduced bursary from the NHS a reduced grant from the NHS If you choose a means tested NHS bursary the amount you get depends on your household income.NHS bursary For more information please visit: get get Application forms available at Your NHS funding may affect your entitlement to other UK Government funding and Keele Bursaries.

29 NHS Student Grants & Bursaries How much Maintenance Loan full- time students get depends on: -where you live -whether you’re in the final year of your course (when you get less) If you study up to 30 weeks a year, you’ll get: If you study up to 45 weeks a year, you’ll get: In the final year of study the Maintenance Loan is reduced to: -£2,498 if you study in London -£1,811 if you study outside London -£1,324 if you live with your parents The grant and the Maintenance Loan are not dependent on your household income but the bursary is.

30 NHS Student Grants & Bursaries List of professions where funding for training is available: Degree or Diploma Nursing or Midwifery Diploma in Operating Department Practice Physiotherapy 5th year Medicine Social Work (BA or MA) Doctor or dentist (you will be eligible for an NHS bursary after the 4th year of your course) Chiropodist (including podiatrist), dietician, occupational therapist, orthoptist, prosthetist, and orthotist, radiographer, radiotherapist, audiologist or a speech and language therapist Dental hygienist or dental therapist Nurse or Operating department practitioner (degree or diploma course)

31 Teacher Training Funding Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher already. 2013/14 trainees will need at least a 2:2 to be eligible for a training bursary. Trainee teachers in physics, chemistry and maths with a 2:1 or 1st are able to apply for scholarships worth £20,000 and trainees will be subject to a competitive process. The Secretary of State announced on 14 June that trainees with a B or better at maths A-level on the new maths primary specialist courses would receive an extra £2,000 bursary, up to a maximum of £11,000. Trainee teachers in English, geography, history, Computer Science, Latin, Greek, music, biology and physical education also are eligible if they have a 2:1 or 1 st. In computer science with a 2:1 or 1st are able to apply for scholarships worth £20,000. Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. Graduate Teaching Placements are also available for people interested in teaching.

32 Teacher Training Funding School Direct School Direct Training Programme is available to high-quality graduates. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you while you train. School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment- based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train. To apply please visit: teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training/school- direct.aspx?sc_lang=en-GB teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training/school- direct.aspx?sc_lang=en-GB School Direct bursary top-up - Trainees on School Direct places may be eligible for an additional payment worth 25 per cent of their standard bursary. To qualify for this payment, trainees will need to be based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.School Direct

33 Teacher Training Funding Physics: IOP Scholarships The Institute of Physics (IOP) has 100 teacher training scholarships worth £20,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2013/14 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. You will receive £20,000 to help you with your living costs and become part of the IOP scholarship community. Deadline 1 st May 2013 To apply please visit:

34 Teacher Training Funding BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 50 teacher training scholarships worth £20,000 available to computer science trainees starting their teacher training in the 2013/14 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Need a 2:1 or 1 st in Computer Science and wish to teach IT. To apply please visit:

35 Teacher Training Funding The Royal Society of Chemistry 130 teacher training scholarships worth £20,000 available to chemistry trainees starting their teacher training in the 2013/14 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Application deadline: 23 April 2013. To apply please visit:

36 Teacher Training Funding IMA LMS RSS: Mathematics The Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), has 150 teacher training scholarships worth £20,000 available to mathematics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2013/14 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. To apply you must: -Meet the criteria to study and reside in the United Kingdom. -Have, or expect to achieve, a First or 2.1 degree, Masters or PhD in a subject with a strong mathematical content, or have completed a Maths Subject Enhancement Course (SKE) or, -Have a non-mathematical degree with extensive mathematical professional experience. -Be committed to teaching in England. To apply please visit: Deadline for entries 21 st April 2013

37 Teacher Training Funding Student Loan & Maintenance Grants Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on Directgov.Directgov Maintenance grant Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found at Directgov.Directgov Call the Teaching Line for more information about becoming a teacher: Freephone: 0800 389 2500 Fax: 0117 915 6578 Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website

38 Professional & Career Development Loans Another option is the CDL. You can apply to borrow from £300 to £10,000 with a Professional and Career Development Loan Pay nothing until two months after you finish your course (including a one-month interest holiday) Please note that you'll need to start making repayments straightaway if you leave your course early Flexible repayment terms of 12 to 60 months Payments are fixed when your Professional and Career Development Loan is agreed For more information please visit: The Co-Operative PCDL-,CFSweb/Page/Bank-Loans,CFSweb/Page/Bank-Loans Barclays PCDL-,CFSweb/Page/Bank-Loans,CFSweb/Page/Bank-Loans

39 Your Home Country Education Ministry Education Ministry in student’s home country are also a useful contact to speak to. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact the Education Ministry or the Department of Education in their home country to enquire about other possible scholarships and funding sources.

40 Post-Graduate Studentships Full list of internationally funded post- graduate opportunities in Masters and PhD Can search by subject or topic or type of Post- graduate degree you would like. Many are in the UK, however a lot are Study- Abroad Scholarships.

41 Studentships and Scholarships Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Scholarships The George Drexler Foundation Grants Arthritis Research UK, Alzheimers UK Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences Research Studentships. University of Surrey. Funded Masters and PhD opportunities at Central European University. Wellcome Trust/Imperial PhD Studentship. London School of Economics and Political Sciences PhD Studentships for 2014 and much much more.

42 Study Abroad Studentships The Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentships support an extended period of advanced study or research at a centre of learning in any overseas country, with the exception of the USA. Value Basic annual maintenance allowance of £17,000 A partner allowance of £6,000 if a student is accompanied by a dependent partner Return air fare Baggage allowance. Eligibility have been resident in the UK for at least five years at the time of application; hold an undergraduate degree (undergraduates are not eligible); hold a degree from a UK institution. This may be either the undergraduate degree or a further degree held by the applicant; either be a student at the time of application or have been registered as a student within the last eight years; and be able to demonstrate how their work would benefit from being conducted overseas rather than in the UK.

43 The Alternative Guide to Funding Keele has this year subscribed to the ‘Alternative Guide to Funding’, compiled by two Postgraduate Students at King’s College London. Collectively they have won 50 funds,equalling £45,000 and felt that they should share their advice and tips in this PG guide: niversity/careers/keeleonly/Alternativ e_Guide_Keele.pdf niversity/careers/keeleonly/Alternativ e_Guide_Keele.pdf

44 The Grants Register Keele also this year purchased the Palgrave Macmillian 2012/2013 Grants Register. This book lists all international grants/scholarships, research funding and studentships available for Postgraduate funding. A copy is currently in the reference only department of Keele University Library. (Quick Reference LB2338.G7 )LB2338.G7

45 Useful websites to search for funding allow you to search for funding bodies see: nd_bursaries.htm nd_bursaries.htm The Arts and Humanities Research Council: funding/Pages/Postgraduate%20funding.aspx funding/Pages/Postgraduate%20funding.aspx Postgraduate Funding Pages: Guardian Funding Article: postgraduate-funding postgraduate-funding UKPASS Ran by UCSAS PostGrad Pages: Educational Grants Service:

46 Part-time job to fund? In a recent questionnaire, 67% of current Postgraduates who responded to the survey, stated that they had a part-time job before or during their PG Course to fund them whilst studying or completed a summer job to raise funds. This can be a good option, especially over holiday and dissertation periods when you do have spare time to work. For help finding a job whilst at Keele, please visit: or drop into ASK to meet the JobShop Team in person.

47 Get Part-Time Job Keele has a wide range of student job opportunities. These include: Jobs in the bars and shops on campus. Student Ambassadors/Open Day guides. Lab assistants and demonstrators. Admin roles within departments Undergrad teaching If interested in pursuing a part-time jobs whilst completing your PG studies, please get in touch with:

48 Summer Jobs Remember that if it is a taught PG course, with a dissertation based module, you will probably have from May-July to conduct research. However this is time for you to write your dissertation, so you are allowed to complete 20 hours work at the same time.

49 Free Accommodation? Residential Support Assistants (RSA) and Residence Support Senior Assistants (RSSA) at Keele receive free accommodation whilst studying. This could be an option if you decide to stay at Keele to continue studying. For more information please visit: dencesupportassistantsrsa/ dencesupportassistantsrsa/

50 Payment plan with the Finance department? Speak to the Finance department at Keele when thinking of pursuing PG studies. The Finance department develop Payment Plans for PG study at Keele. For more information, please see: Post Graduate Payment plans: ce/howdoipay/ ce/howdoipay/

51 Budgeting Plans At KeeleSU we have developed a set of webpages to help you plan your budgeting and save money whilst at university. These include a student budget calculator and budget sheet, as well as lists of where you can get discounts and savings as a student. For more information please go to:

52 2 year courses Do it part-time Another idea may be to choose a part-time course, therefore giving you more time to work and earn, as well as spreading the cost of your post-graduate studies over 2 years. If interested in part-time courses please go to:

53 Gap Year? Another option may be to have a gap year. Many people have these before university, but it may be a idea to have a gap year in between your Undergraduate Degree and Post-Graduate Degree to earn money. In this time you can think more about what job you would like to have in the future and test out the jobs market.

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