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UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON BURSARY SCHEMES

UEL has partnered with John Smith’s, your campus student store, to enable you to use your Bursary Card to spend your Bursary instore and online on books, stationery, laptops and much more.

UEL Bursary Card

UEL has partnered with John Smith’s, your campus student store. Here you can use your Bursary Card to spend your Bursary in-store on; books and stationery, laptops and tablets, software and digital equipment, cameras and specialist accessories, art materials and sewing machines, medical equipment, Oyster card top-ups and much more. John Smith’s are always adding new products so please pop into store regularly.

You can also use your Bursary Card with John Smith’s online for our full range of books, digital products, bikes & sports equipment, magazine subscriptions and much more. Many of these products can be delivered direct to your door. If there is anything you require to support your studies please let John Smith’s know and we will do our best to source it for you. Drop into the shop in Docklands or Stratford or email us.

Who is eligible for the Bursary Card?

All students joining us or returning in September 2014 are eligible for a free Bursary Card. You can get a Bursary Card even if you haven’t received a bursary. This means that you, your parent/guardian or anyone that would like to support you in your studies can add money to your card to be used in the John Smith’s Student Store. Please ask staff for details.

How can I pick up my Bursary Card?

During enrolment John Smith’s will be issuing Bursary Cards from SportsDock at the Docklands Campus. After enrolment you will also be able to get a Bursary Card from the John Smith’s student stores at Docklands and Stratford. The shops are open 9am - 5.30pm (later for the first four weeks of the semester). You will need to bring along your UEL Student ID card.

Do I need to get a new Bursary Card each year?

You can use the same card over the duration of your studies. If you do not use your funds in one year, they will carry over into the next year. If you lose you Bursary Card you can obtain a replacement from John Smith’s (a charge will be applicable).

What can I spend my UEL Progress Bursary on?

You can spend your UEL Progress Bursary on a range of study-related items, such as:

  • Books and eBooks
  • Stationery
  • Art Materials & Sewing Machines
  • Laptops and Tablets
  • Apple laptops and desktops
  • Software and IT products
  • Cameras and specialist accessories
  • Specialist Industry Equipment such as construction clothing or medical equipment
  • UEL Branded Products
  • Oyster Top Up (Docklands Only)
  • And much more

Bursary Card Policy and Terms & Conditions

1. The security of the Bursary Card is the responsibility of the holder.
2. If the card is lost or stolen please notify your campus student store as soon as possible. A fee of £5 will be charged for replacement cards.
3. Your card is protected using Chip and PIN security. Never divulge your PIN or other personal details to anyone.
4. Your Bursary Card can only be used as a debit card up to the value of available funds in your Bursary Card account.
5. Some products are exempt from Bursary payments, such as book tokens, food and drink, stamps and tobacco. Exemptions may change and without notice.
6. There is no minimum spend on the Bursary Card.

Types of Bursary

Progress Bursary

The UEL Progress Bursary helps our Home (UK/EU) undergraduate and PGCE students with the financial aspects of studying - by providing funds to spend on study-related expenses such as books and other educational resources.

The bursary is worth up to £1,200 over the course of your studies. There is no catch; this is your reward for progressing and you do not have to repay this money.

Full-time students receive £300 every year, once you have successfully completed your first term and progressed into your second. Full time first year students starting in September 2014 will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet worth £300.

Part-time students (starting after September 2013) receive £50 per module studied, once you have successfully completed your first term and progressed into your second.

How do I qualify for my UEL Progress Bursary?

In order to qualify for your UEL Progress Bursary you must:

  • submit, by deadline, all pieces of coursework or assignments for each module you are required to study in your first semester and attend all exams
  • have a good attendance record
  • continue from your first semester into your second semester
  • not breach UEL regulations; in particular all pieces of assessment must be your own work.

Download FAQs about the Progress Bursary

Click here to download a full scheme leaflet

John Smith’s 'Bursary Advance’ scheme (Progress Bursary Scheme Students Only)

Under the John Smith’s 'Bursary Advance’ scheme, you can receive a partial advance of £150 on your UEL Progress Bursary, which means you can take away the books, stationery, art materials and selected study essentials you need in your first Semester. Your UEL Progress Bursary will pay for these products when you receive it in your second Semester. You need to make an application to John Smith’s to take part in this offer - see instore for terms and conditions. NEW: Once signed-up instore for Bursary Advance these funds can now be spent online as well as instore BUT only items agreed for this scheme can be purchased (this does not include Digital items.)

Post Graduate Bursary

The UEL Postgraduate Bursary helps our postgraduate students with the financial aspects of studying - by providing funds to spend on study-related expenses.

The bursary is worth up to £120 over the course of your studies. You will receive £20 for each 30-credit module you enrol for. Students taking a 60-credit module will receive a £40 bursary.

All full-time and part-time postgraduate students who study on campus are eligible for the UEL Postgraduate Bursary. This includes EU, Home and International students. Distance learning students are not eligible to receive the bursary.You will receive your bursary after you have completed the minimal period of enrolment of two weeks.

Download FAQs about the Post Graduate Bursary

Click here to download a full scheme leaflet