Bath Spa University Pandemic Support Fund

University Pandemic Support Fund (UPSF)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption. Students have not only experienced changes to the way they are being taught, but also to student life in general.

For example, at Bath Spa, before the pandemic most students had a part-time job, but due to lockdown many of these jobs may no longer be available.

The Bath Spa University Pandemic Support Fund (UPSF) provides limited discretionary financial support for all students who are experiencing financial difficulty resulting from the pandemic.

We may not be able to support all applications as the funding is limited, but do please apply if you're experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the pandemic. Once you apply, we'll explore your financial situation.

Further information

About the fund

The Bath Spa University Pandemic Support Fund provides limited discretionary financial support for all students who are experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic. Awards are discretionary and are paid in the form of a non-repayable grant (this means you don't have to pay it back).

We may not be able to support all applications as the funding is limited, but please do apply if you're experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the pandemic.

Eligibility

  • Students must be fully registered
  • Available to Home/EU/Overseas students
  • Students should be in attendance on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme
  • Full-time or part-time 
  • Have a Bath Spa University email address

How to apply

To be considered for a Bath Spa University Pandemic Support Fund award, you must comple an application form

Applications should be submitted to pandemicsupport@bathspa.ac.uk.

What we ask

When making your application, please ensure you answer all questions on the application form. If not relevant please write "not applicable" as your answer.

Income

Please include all sources of income available to you for the current academic year. For example, parental contribution, which may be paid directly to your landlord rather than to you. This may include furlough pay and also may be variable, so for example if you don’t work fixed hours then please provide an average salary.

It's vital that you complete this section as accurately as possible. 

Expenditure

Please include your typical monthly (or weekly) expenditure for the academic year. We'll work out your annual expenditure based on your period of attendance.

If you are living in shared accommodation (other than halls where household bills are included) you should include only your personal contribution towards household bills.

We can only include priority debt repayments. This may NOT include loan or credit card repayments unless you have a special agreement (for example Step Change).

We may include repeat prescriptions and you can include other expenditure but we may not consider it as essential.

Further information

This section is an opportunity for you to explain why you're experiencing financial difficulty.

It is essential that you provide information about how the pandemic has affected you financially as this is how we will assess your application.

For example, you should give as much detail as possible about

  • if you're paying rent for a room/property you cannot return to
  • if you have lost your job, how much did you earn
  • how the pandemic has caused you financial hardship

 Supporting documentation

We may ask for supporting evidence. For example, if your rent is above average (and not Unite or iQ) then we may need to check the amount. We may also contact you for further information or clarification regarding your application.

Declaration

You need to sign and date your form to confirm that the information you've given is true and accurate. You should keep a copy of your application for your own records.

Supporting documentation

Supporting documentation may be requested but you do not have to supply any evidence with your initial application. The application form explains more about the type of evidence we may request.

Decision and notification

In response to the coronavirus situation, Bath Spa University's Student Funding Team are currently working remotely, and can be contacted by email. Applications can be submitted to pandemicsupport@bathspa.ac.uk

If your application is not complete, or further information is needed, you should be contacted by email within five working days. This may extend the time taken to make a decision on your application.

We'll send you the decision by email with the outcome of your application. If you're made an award, we'll provide full details on how you'll receive it. We do not give out decisions over the phone, so it is important that you check your Bath Spa email.

You may be able ask for a review if your application is unsuccessful. We'll provide details of how to make an appeal in your decision email.

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