UNIVERSITY OF WEST LONDON ASPIRE BURSARY SCHEME 2020-21

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 UWL UG and Pre-Registration students doing a course of 60 credits will receive the following, with the exceptions of Nutritional Therapy (EU/Overseas) and MSc Paramedic Science.

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

Students studying a degree apprenticeship of level 6 or below will receive a £100 book bundle in their first year of study only.

Get your UWL Aspire bursary 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 2020-21 paying the £9,250 fee you should be eligible for the Aspire Bursary.

Students studying through partnership arrangements are not eligible for the bursary, with the exception of students studying the BA Professional Acting course at Drama Studio London.

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 - 2nd and 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 2020-21 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?

The majority of books are eBooks and will be provided to you when you complete enrolment. If you have printed books to collect you will collect them during induction week.

Q. When and how do I get my Aspire funds?

Aspire funds are automatically credited when students enrol at level 5 and again at level 6. You will receive an email letting you know when you have received the funds and you can use them on this website to order anything that you might need to support your studies.

Use your funds to buy books, stationery and more online.

Q. How do I register for the Bursary?

If you are entitled to the Bursary you will automatically receive an email with your login and password details. This will be sent to your University email address.

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 - 2nd and 4th year

For 4 year Part-time undergraduate courses - 3rd and 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 funds are linked to your student email address, so you will receive an email with the details of how to log in to that address.

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 online here. From time to time John Smith's may operate a temporary bookstall at the various 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 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.

    • For online transactions, 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 you have an Aspire card and it is lost or stolen, then accounts can be frozen until such time as the student notifies us and receives a replacement card, thus preventing any further activity, either in person or online, on the account until the issue is resolved. The Aspire card is not necessary for using the website
    • 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 online university bookselling.

Q. Where are we?

Our head office is in Southampton and we have an Engagement Partner who manages each scheme for us. Martin Marshall is the EP for the University of West London.

Email us

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 ku/oc/htimsnhoj//lwu

WHAT CAN I BUY WITH ASPIRE FUNDS?

Your UWL Aspire funds can be spent on books, stationery, computer accessories and other learning materials from this John Smith's online student store.