Scholarships and Student Funding

Unite Foundation Student Awards

For students staying in accommodation at Portsburgh Court.

A number of Unite Foundation Student Awards will be offered to students commencing an undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in the 2017-2018 academic session.

Each award will cover the full accommodation costs at Portsburgh Court in Edinburgh for the length of their period of study, as well as provide an annual maintenance award of £3,000 per year.

Eligibility

Applications are open to Home-fee status students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below. These awards are intended to support access to higher education for students who have previously been in Local Authority care, or residing in a Foyer or similar residential provision for young homeless adults. Students from these latter categories will be given priority consideration. Accommodation will be covered for 52 weeks each year.

Applicants must be:

  • This must be your first time entering Higher Education;
  • You must be a Home (UK) undergraduate starting your course in September 2017;
  • You must intend to reside at Portsburgh Court;
  • Priority will be given to young independent students who have previously been in Local Authority care, or residing in a Foyer or similar residential provision for young homeless adult.

Successful applicants will be offered a single study en-suite bedroom in a shared flat with a communal kitchen. The flats will be shared with other students. Your accommodation costs for this room will be fully covered for all 52 weeks of the year. 

Terms and conditions

Whilst receiving this accommodation and access scholarship, you will be required to sign the normal rental agreement operating for that property in each academic year, and you will be bound by this agreement in the normal way. You will not require a guarantor. In certain circumstances, you may be permitted to opt out of the bursary scheme for an academic year, to return to it in the subsequent year.

Permissible conditions may include an approved placement or study abroad year, or personal circumstances which may warrant a temporary break in study. However, any permitted break cannot exceed one year.

Should you withdraw from your course; no further cash payments will be made.

In accepting the award, you agree to make available to the donor (Unite Foundation) or their representative:

  • your first name or a specified alias
  • a short word profile of yourself (no more than one side of an A4 page) and allow this to be used (with permission) in marketing and publicity by the Donor.

You will also be encouraged to provide a photograph if appropriate, though this will be optional.

Applying

Applications for the 2017/2018 academic session will open on 1st November 2016.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in August 2017.

Scholarships and Financial Support Team