Scholarships and Student Funding

Learning Opportunity Fund

The University has established a Learning Opportunity Fund to support students impacted by the recent industrial action.

Following the industrial action in February and March 2022, the University has committed to investing the savings from pay foregone by staff into a Learning Opportunity Fund.

The University will invest £919,877 into this Fund.   

The Fund will support students impacted by the recent industrial action for learning opportunities such as conferences, short courses, online courses and part-payment of longer or more expensive learning opportunities.

The Fund is now open and will remain open until funding is exhausted.

We expect there to be a large demand for the Fund and we aim to work through all submitted applications as fast as we can. Applications will be managed against a series of deadlines with the first deadline being Tuesday 3 May. Once we have reviewed applications submitted by this deadline, and providing funds are still available we will review applications submitted by Tuesday 10 May and each Tuesday thereafter until funds are exhausted.

 

Who will the Fund support?

All students at the University of Edinburgh are eligible to apply for the Fund.

How much funding can I apply for?

The maximum grant payable per student from the Fund will be £300.

Eligibility

The Learning Opportunity Fund will accept applications from students who meet our eligibility criteria, even if they have graduated from the University by the time they make their application.

Students will be eligible for the fund if:

  • You are a fully matriculated student on a full or part-time mode of study.
  • You commenced your studies in the 2021/2022 academic year or before - students who plan to commence their studies in academic session 2022/23 are not eligible.
  • You are able to provide evidence of disruption to your studies as a result of industrial action
  • You are able to submit evidence of a learning opportunity that the fund will be used for (please see below for details on the types of learning opportunity this fund can be used for)

How do I apply to the Fund?

The Fund is now open and will remain open until funding is exhausted. Students wishing to apply to the Learning Opportunity Fund should submit their application at:

Application Form

Please note that there will be a maximum of one application and one payment per applicant, even if the application is for less than £300 in total.

The first deadline for applications to be reviewed will be Monday 2 May. We expect there to be a large demand for the Fund and we aim to work through all submitted applications as fast as we can. Once we have reviewed applications submitted by the deadline period, and providing funds are still available we will move to the next batch of submitted applications.

Application Requirements

During the application process, you will need to provide supporting evidence. It must be in the following format:

  • English language only
  • PDF

Please note you will need to have a UK bank account to apply for this fund.

What kind of learning opportunities can I receive funding for?

The Learning Opportunity Fund can be used to pay for learning opportunities of most kinds, including conferences, short courses, online courses and part-payment of longer or more expensive learning opportunities. The fund cannot be used to pay for degree programme tuition at the University of Edinburgh or another Higher Education institution, books or tutoring. 

The University may wish to verify that any information provided in the application form is correct and truthful and that the learning opportunity applied for is provided by a bona fide organisation. Where details are not clear, for example, requiring translation, we ask you submit further details, which may delay your application.

Applicants can include the cost of travel and accommodation associated with their learning opportunity, as long as the total claim does not exceed £300. 

Applicants do not need to have paid for the learning opportunity in advance in order to make a claim. Applicants can include more than one learning opportunity in the application, however please note, the maximum grant payable per student from the fund will be £300.

The learning opportunity must be taken within 12 months from 4th April 2022.

Here are the top learning opportunities that we would fund:

  1. Short courses (non-credit bearing and with no formal degree/diploma/certificate qualification)
  2. Online courses (non-credit bearing and with no formal degree/diploma/certificate qualification)
  3. Language course
  4. TEFL/TESOL/CELTA course
  5. Conference
  6. Continuing Professional Development course
  7. First Aid qualification
  8. Centre for Open Learning short course
  9. Music lessons
  10. Unpaid in-person/virtual internships
  11. Exams (ACA Accountancy exams only)

Ineligible Opportunities

  • Assistance with Tuition Fees
  • Credit bearing courses
  • Books 
  • Tutor
  • Claims that are purely for accommodation and travel will not be accepted
  • Training opportunities or events that have already happened
  • Assistance with rent and subsistence
  • Software/Computer equipment
  • Driving lessons/test
  • Paid work based internships

How will payments be made? 

All payments will be made in pounds sterling to the applicant’s nominated UK bank account. Payment cannot be made to third parties.

Applicants can claim for support with overseas learning opportunities, in which case the University will calculate the amount to be paid in pounds sterling based on prevailing exchange rates.

  • If your application is successful and you have received an outcome by Thursday 19 May, we aim make payment by 1 June.  Providing you have supplied bank details.
  • If your application is successful and you have received an outcome from Friday 20  May to 2 June , we aim make payment by 10 June.  Providing you have supplied bank details.
  • If your application is successful and you have received an outcome from Friday 3 June to  Thursday 23 June, we aim make payment by 1 July.  Providing you have supplied bank details.

 

Future payment schedules will appear here in due course.

 

Please ensure you add your bank details to ensure payment can be made in time. We will confirm additional payment dates as we move through the months.

Who can I talk to about the Learning Opportunity Fund?

If you have any general questions regarding the Fund you can email your question.

Overseas Bank accounts

Unfortunately, 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:

Opening a UK bank account

Why was my application rejected?

In order 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

What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?

We understand those who receive a rejection to their request will be disappointed but we are trying to support as many students as possible. If your application has been rejected and you disagree with the decision, you are entitled to request a review of your application. Reviews should be requested in writing:

  • this must include why you think you should receive funding directly referencing the criteria of the fund outlined above
  • supply any additional documentary evidence to support the review process 
  • reviews must be submitted within 5 working days of receiving your outcome

Reviews should be emailed and please quote your Learning Opportunity application reference number.

Fraudulent Applications

If you submit an application or supporting documentation which we then discover to be fraudulent, or if we receive any information about fraudulent applications, this will be addressed within regulations 12.4 of the Student Code of Conduct. Any funds awarded will need to be paid back in full.