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UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE 'MY BEDS' SCHEME 2018-19

The University and John Smith's have set up a joint scheme to help you make the very best of your time at the University by improving access to the learning tools you need to support your studies.

You can use your My Beds funds online to help with the purchase of your required textbooks and learning materials, in the Students Union to purchase memberships for clubs and societies, in the Campus Gyms in Luton and Bedford and for deposits towards Go Global Trips.

FAQs:

Q. Who is eligible for My Beds Money award?

All first year, full time, home students paying full fees are eligible for the £300 bursary My Beds Money Welcome Package.

Nursing & Midwifery students are eligible for 18/19.

Q. What is it worth?

The Welcome My Beds Package is worth £300. 

Q. How do I register for it?

As soon as you have got your University of Bedfordshire student ID card, visit us at registration on the Luton or Bedford campuses or visit us at Student Services on the Luton campus to collect your My Beds card. 

Q. When can I access My Beds?

As soon as you register with us and the University have confirmed your enrolment process has been completed including student loans confirmed, your funds will be available.

Q. What can I spend My Beds funds on?

You can spend your bursary funds on books, stationery, art supplies, digital products and other learning materials.  Memberships for Clubs and Societies in the SU, Gym membership in the campus gyms and paying deposits towards Go Global Trips.

Q. Where can I spend My Beds funds?

You can spend your award online here anytime.

You can also use your My Beds funds in the Students Union to purchase memberships for clubs and societies, in the Campus Gyms in Luton and Bedford and for deposits towards Go Global Trips.

Q. Is this a loan? Do I have to pay it back?

Your My Beds bursary is not a loan and you do not have to pay it back. The funds are provided for you by the university to help with the extra costs associated with studying. It does not add to your student debt.

Q. What happens if I don't spend my 'My Beds' funds by the end of the academic year?

Your My Beds funds will be available to you throughout your studies but you must spend all of your funds by the end of your final year as they will not be available to you after graduation.

Q. How secure are my 'My Beds' funds?

John Smith's has put in place a number of measures to ensure that each student's Aspire funds are securely protected, so please also note that:

  • No actual funds are held on the card so the loss/theft of a card does not mean that funds are accessible to a 3rd party without the account access protection codes
  • Any physical usage of the account instore requires the use of an access authentication - i e. PIN number - plus identification by means of the student ID card
  • For online transactions (if required), a password is created by the student and access to the funds is not possible without this password
  • Additionally, the John Smith's systems have the ability to put an immediate stop on an account as soon as we are notified that there is any suspicion of loss/theft/fraud
  • If a card is lost or stolen, then accounts can be frozen until such time as the student collects a replacement card, thus preventing any further activity, either in person or online, on the account until the issue is resolved
  • John Smith's will charge a nominal fee of £5 for any replacement card

Q. Who are John Smith's?

John Smith's is the UK's leading specialist academic bookseller, with extensive and unrivalled experience in campus bookselling. We have regularly been awarded the title 'Academic and Professional Chain Bookseller of the Year'.

Q. Where are we?

Our Head Office is in Ringwood, Hampshire.

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Q. When are we open?

Our bookshop closed permanently on Friday 25th May 2018.

Q. Where should I go if I have more questions?

For all queries about your 'My Beds' account or specific products please email us

For queries about eligibility, please contact the University of Bedfordshire student finance office.


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