Both common rooms organise and run a huge amount of events, opportunities and support for their members. Membership of either the JCR or MCR offers a wide programme of annual events, from weekly formals to the opportunity to participate in our wide range of clubs, sports and societies. Joining is entirely your own choice, but if you choose not to join a Common Room, you will not be automatically able to participate in their annual programmes of events and you will need to pay extra to join these events. Details of membership levies are made available to all new students.
University College offers its members a wide variety of funding opportunities, including student support bursaries of up to £300 to which any student in financial difficulties may apply, and short-term hardship loans of up to £100. The College also advertises Employability Bursaries, to help support the costs involved in attending or holding any careers-based events (including job interviews), and Travel Bursaries, to cover costs associated with conference attendance (for example) or travel associated with your degree courses. There are also awards for academic achievement and contributions to college and university life.
University College Scholarships 2023-24
We are pleased to let you know that this year, thanks to the generosity of our alumni, we are able to offer two Bell Scholarships and one Senior Scholarship to make the vast enrichment and development opportunities offered by Castle open to everyone, irrespective of their household income.
Eligibility: The scholarships are open to all new University College students who are due to commence their studies in October 2023 and whose household income is below £42,875.00 per annum as determined by Student Finance England.
Award Range: £4,000 per year for the duration of a 3 year undergraduate degree (or a 4 year undergraduate degree, where awardees are taking an additional foundation or undergraduate masters year of study/year abroad)
Deadline for Applications: Sunday 3 September 2023, midnight
Application Process: Eligible candidates are encouraged to send a one-page personal statement, full name and contact details and any supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. The personal statement should include information about:
Why are you applying for this award?
What difference will the funding make?
Why you have chosen University College?
How will you contribute to the College Community?
Are there any other barriers to further education (financial or otherwise) that you currently face?
We will inform successful applicants as soon as possible after the deadline.
Please provide a copy of your Student Finance England confirmation of funding letter once received. We will not be able to make the award until we receive this information.
Selection: Applications will be assessed by a panel made up of University College Officers, on the basis of applicants' ability to meet the eligibility criteria, academic potential, and a personal statement. In addition to the information supplied on the scholarship application form, the College will gather contextual information to support the assessment of scholarship applications.
Please note that the panel will only be able to consider any supporting documentation that you wish to be include in your application and which is attached to your submission. The panel will not be able to accept documentation or evidence which is submitted after the application deadline. This is to ensure that the process runs to time and is fair to all applicants.