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UNIVERSITY OF WEST LONDON ASPIRE BURSARY SCHEME 2018-19

UWL have set the UWL Aspire Bursary with John Smith's - 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.

The overview of the scheme is all Undergraduate Students in the following years will typically receive;

Year  0 & 1 (Level 3 & 4)  - Book Bundle exceeding £100 per Full-time Student and exceeding £50 per Part-time Student in your 1st year of study only

Year 2 (Level 5) - £100 of Aspire Funds per Full-time Student and £50 per Part-time Student

Year 3 (Level 6) - £100 of Aspire Funds per Full-time Student and £50 per Part-time Student

Get your UWL Aspire card worth up to £300* (up to £100 of Books plus up to £200 of Aspire Funds)

 Q. How does the bursary work?

If you are a full-time or part-time home/EU undergraduate student starting a programme in 2018-19 paying the £9,250 fee you should be eligible for the Aspire Bursary.

Students studying through partnership arrangements are not eligible for the bursary.

In your first year of study, you will receive a Book Bundle exceeding £100 per Full-time Student and exceeding £50 per Part-time Student.

In the rest of your course, you will receive two x £100 payment per Full-time Student and two x £50 payment per Part-time Student on your UWL Aspire card. The money will normally be added to your cards in these years:

For 3 year undergraduate courses - 2nd and 3rd year

For 4 year undergraduate course with foundation - 3rd and 4th year

For 4 year undergraduate courses with placement - 2ndand 4th year

For 4 year Part-time undergraduate courses - 3rd and 4th year

For 5 year Part-time undergraduate courses - 3rd and 5th year

Q. Who is eligible for Book Bundles?

If you are a full-time or part-time home/EU undergraduate student starting a programme in 2018-19 paying the £9,250 fee you should be eligible for the Aspire Bursary   The bundle will be valued at more than £100 per full time student and more than £50 per part time student. The book bundle will have the core books needed for the course studied that year.

Q. Where do I collect my free book bundle from?

Free book bundles for eligible students will be available at the Savoy Suite in the 'Street' in Ealing Campus during enrolment week and thereafter from John Smith's near the heart space.

Q. When and where do I collect my Aspire Card from?

Aspire Cards for NEW Students are to be collected during enrolment prior to collecting relevant book bundles from the Savoy Suite.

Please note all Foundation and 1st years Undergraduate students in 2018-19 should still collect their Aspire card so their Aspire funds for the following years can be automatically added when due

Use your card at John Smith's to buy books, stationery and more instore and online.

Q. How do I register for the Bursary?

You can register at John Smith's on the Ealing campus. You can also register online here or come along to our desk during registration at the start of term.

Q. How much money do I get and when do I get it?

In your first year of study, you will receive a Book Bundle exceeding £100 per Full-time Student and exceeding £50 per Part-time Student.

In the rest of your course, you will receive two x £100 payment per Full-time Student and two x £50 payment per Part-time Student on your UWL Aspire card. The money will normally be added to your cards in these years:

For 3 year undergraduate courses - 2nd and 3rd year

For 4 year undergraduate course with foundation - 3rd and 4th year

For 4 year undergraduate courses with placement - 2ndand 4thyear

For 4 year Part-time undergraduate courses - 3rdand 4th year

For 5 year Part-time undergraduate courses - 3rd and 5th year


Eligible students will receive their funds once they have completed registration with the University of West London. The money will be loaded to your Aspire Card.

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

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

Q. Where can I spend my funds?

You can spend your funds either in store at John Smith's on the Ealing campus or online here. From time to time John Smith's operates temporary bookstalls at the Paragon House and Fountain House campuses where you can purchase textbooks and learning materials using your Aspire funds..

Q. What happens if I don't spend my funds?

Unspent funds at the end of each academic year will NOT be rolled over for you to use in your next academic year. Unspent funds will be wiped. You will be notified of when this will happen giving you a months notice providing you have not opted out of John Smith's marketing.

Q. What can I spend my funds on?

You can spend your funds on books and other learning resources such as tablets and laptops which are available in store or online here.

Q. How secure are my Aspire 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 in-store 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 attends the bookshop and 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 are the UK's leading specialist academic bookseller, with extensive and unrivalled experience in campus bookselling.

John Smith's has operated a bookshop at the University of West London site in Ealing for a number of years, as well as delivering services at the Paragon campus and the Reading Hub.

Q. Where are we?

John Smith's Student Store
University of West London
St Mary's Road
Ealing, W5 5RF
Telephone: 020 8840 7394
Email Us

Q. When are we open?

Mon - Fri: 9.00 - 5.30pm

Q. Where can I find more information on this scholarship?

For any specific queries about the Scheme and/or your account please email us at the John Smith's Shop in Ealing

WHAT CAN I BUY WITH ASPIRE FUNDS?

Your UWL Aspire funds can be spent on books, stationery, computer accessories and other learning materials from the John Smith's bookshop at Ealing Campus, or online at this website