Learning Opportunity Fund
The University has established a Learning Opportunity Fund to support students impacted by the recent industrial action.
About this fund
This fund supports students to access learning opportunities such as conferences, short courses and online courses. It can also be used towards part-payment of longer or more expensive learning opportunities. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted
When to apply
Applications open, Monday 25th September at 11am
Who is this fund for?
All students at the University of Edinburgh who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- you are a fully matriculated student on a full or part-time mode of study.
- you can provide evidence of disruption to your studies due to industrial action.
- you can submit evidence of the learning opportunity that the fund will be used for (please see below for approved categories).
How much funding can I apply for?
The maximum grant payable per student is £350.
What learning opportunities can I receive funding for?
Examples of learning opportunities that we would fund include:
- short courses (non-credit bearing and with no formal degree/diploma/certificate qualification)
- online courses (non-credit bearing and with no formal degree/diploma/certificate qualification)
- language course
- TEFL/TESOL/CELTA course
- continuing professional development course
- first aid qualification
- Centre for Open Learning short course
- music lessons
- unpaid in-person/virtual internships
- exams (ACA Accountancy exams only)
You can include the cost of travel and accommodation associated with your learning opportunity as long as the total claim does not exceed £350.
You can also apply for support with overseas learning opportunities.
- assistance with tuition fees
- credit-bearing courses
- claims that are purely for accommodation and travel
- assistance with rent and subsistence
- software/computer equipment
- driving lessons/test
- paid work-based internships
- gaming site memberships
We will ask you to outline how missed classes, tutorials or supervision on the days of strike action impacted you.
Only one application and one payment are allowed per student, even if the applications are for less than £350 combined.
During the application process, you will be asked to provide supporting evidence. It must be in the following format:
- English language only
The University may verify that any information provided in the application form is correct and truthful and that a bona fide organisation provides the learning opportunity applied for.
Where details are not clear, for example, requiring translation, we may ask you to submit further details. This may delay your application.
The timeframe for your learning opportunity
You do not need to have paid for the learning opportunity in advance to make a claim.
The learning opportunity must be taken within 12 months from the date of the fund opening.
Applying for multiple opportunities
You can not make multiple applications to the fund, but you can include more than 1 opportunity in your application.
The maximum grant payable per student from the fund will be £350. If you apply for more than 1 opportunity, they must total less than £350.
Why was my application rejected?
To ensure the limited funds go to those most in need, we may reject applications if:
- the funding isn’t for an eligible learning opportunity.
- you have not provided the appropriate evidence required to process your application.
- you do not meet the above eligibility criteria as noted above.
- you have already made a successful claim.
All payments will be made in pounds sterling to your nominated UK bank account. Payment cannot be made to third parties or overseas accounts.
Please ensure you update or add your bank details. (Updating your bank details does not mean you will succeed in your application.)
Student bank details (requires University login)
Applicants who claim support with overseas learning opportunities will be paid in pounds sterling based on prevailing exchange rates.
Overseas bank accounts
We are unable to make payments to overseas bank accounts. You must set up a UK bank account before applying to the fund.
Learn about your options for opening your first student bank account in the UK and banking safety:
Disputes, appeals and fraudulent applications
We hope that your application process goes as smoothly as possible. If you have any issues with our decisions, we have a dispute and appeals procedure that you can follow. If we discover that your application or any documents you provide us are fraudulent, we will investigate.