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UCD 1916 ‘Leaders and Learners’ Bursary 2020-2021

Funded by the Department of Education and Skills for eligible students in the following Higher Education Institutions – Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI); and University College Dublin (UCD).

The bursary aims to provide support for economically disadvantaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including: 

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
  • First time mature students
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

In 2020–2021, 8 bursaries of €5,000 per annum for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree are available at UCD.

Applications are invited from students entering higher education in September 2020, for full or part-time degree programme of greater than two years duration.

Applications are currently closed. Closing date was: 6th October 2020.

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Applicants must be

  • First-time new entrants to higher education
  • Eligible for the Special Rate of SUSI grant (Family income of €24,500)
  • And/or in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested payment

And be from one of the under-represented groups at higher education, including: 

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
  • First time mature students
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

Applications for 2020/2021 have now closed.  

 

View recording of the UCD ALL Team and UCD Foundation discussing how best to complete a scholarship application for the UCD Cothrom na Féinne Undergraduate Scholarship and the 1916 Bursary. Information provided about application and documentation requirements. 

View slides from Applying to UCD Scholarships with ALL Webinar 

In order to verify financial need, applicants will be asked to submit an Income Declaration Form, as well as supplementary documentation (see below for further details). Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

Socio-Economic Disadvantage

Indicator of Financial Need Documentation Required
Receipt of highest rate of SUSI grant Letter from SUSI confirming eligibility for current academic year 
Students who entered via the HEAR pathway

Please upload your letter confirming HEAR eligibility. You do not need to upload any other supporting documentation.

Other students If you do not have a letter from SUSI or HEAR confirming eligibility please submit financial documentation for 2019 (full year). Appropriate documents are a P21/Statement of Liability from Revenue for 2019 or a Chapter 4 Notice of Assessment for 2019 and/or a statement from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection noting payments for 2019.

Q. Where do I send my supporting documentation?

A. All supporting documentation must be uploaded on the online form or sent to UCD1916bursary@ucd.ie by 6th October 2020. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible

Your community reference must be submitted using this Google form

Key ActionDate
Application Closing Date 6th October
Shortlisted Applicants Notified TBA
Conditional Offers Issued TBA 

Confirmation of SUSI Special Rate

(submit supporting documents)

September/October

 

Would you like to appeal the outcome decision?

Appeals can be made by emailing UCD1916bursary@ucd.ie. Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed and scored correctly. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage. The closing date for appeals is 17th of November.

Q. What is this bursary?

A. This Bursary, the ‘1916 Leaders and Learners’ Bursary is funded by the Department of Education and Skills through the Leinster Pillar 1 Cluster of Higher Education Institutions – Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); and University College Dublin (UCD)

Q. How much is this bursary for?

A. The bursary award is €5,000 per annum for the duration of the awardee’s undergraduate programme, subject to satisfactory progression (see terms and conditions)

Q. Who can apply for this bursary?

A. This bursary is for students who can demonstrate socio-economic disadvantaged

And be from at least one of the following equity groups:

  • Socio-Economic groups that have low participation in higher education. (I.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of DSP means-tested Social Welfare payment)
  • First time mature students
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are deaf/hard of hearing student who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

Students need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have leave to remain.

Students must be entering higher education in 2020. Programmes must be greater than two years in duration.

Q. How do I apply?

A. To apply for this scholarship you need to submit an online application form through Infohub and also complete a Google form. Applications for 202/2021 have now closed. 

You must register before using the Infohub system for the first time. You'll find step-by-step instructions on how to apply on the UCD Registry webpage

For information on applying to other Higher Education Institutions, please visit their websites.

Q. What information will I need to apply?

A. All applicants will be asked to provide personal details, asked to answer questions based on the following and submit a reference from a community organisation.

For guidance on completing your application form please see our video guide to applying for our scholarships and writing a strong application. 

In order to verify financial need, applicants will be asked to submit an Income Declaration Form, as well as supplementary documentation (see below for further details). Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

Socio-Economic Disadvantage

Indicator of Financial Need Documentation Required
Receipt of highest rate of SUSI grant Letter from SUSI confirming eligibility for current academic year 
Students who entered via the HEAR pathway

Please upload your letter confirming HEAR eligibility. You do not need to upload any other supporting documentation.

Other students If you do not have a letter from SUSI or HEAR confirming eligibility please submit financial documentation for 2019 (full year). Appropriate documents are a P21/Statement of Liability from Revenue for 2019 or a Chapter 4 Notice of Assessment for 2019 and/or a statement from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection noting payments for 2019.

Q. Where do I send my supporting documentation?

A. All supporting documentation must be uploaded on the online form or sent to UCD1916bursary@ucd.ie by 6th October 2020. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible

Your community reference must be submitted through the Google form.

Q. Who should my Community Reference be written by?

A. Your Community Reference can be from a school, voluntary, sport or community organisation and should outline your contribution to that organisation. 

Q. The  'achievements and responsibilities' question appears twice on the application form, is this a mistake?

A. Yes, our apologies. You will only need to complete one 'achievements and responsibilities' section. Please ensure that you also submit the Google form

Q. What format can I submit my responses to the application sections in?

A. Students can provide their personal statement in ONE of the following formats:

• Written questionnaire on the online application form

• Video (30 seconds long, please upload in the 'Declaration Form' section on your online application form)

• Photo (3 images, please upload in the 'Declaration Form' section on your online application form)

Q. How will applications be assessed?

A. Applications will be assessed based on their application form by the 1916 assessment panel, which is made up of nominees from UCD Access and Lifelong Learning, UCD Foundation and the UCD Widening Participation Committee

Q. When will my bursary be awarded?

A. Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer. The offer of a bursary is conditional and is subject to the following terms and conditions being met:

  • That you secure a place on a course in UCD and achieve the required academic standard to maintain your place. In the event that you are no longer undertaking a course at UCD your bursary will be withdrawn.
  • That you confirm your socio-economic eligibility by providing either:
    • Written confirmation you are in receipt of the Special Rate of the SUSI grant OR
    • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
    • The University reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the University reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.

Q. Once I receive my conditional offer what are the next steps?

A. Applicants who receive a conditional offer must confirm their socio-economic eligibility by providing either:

  • Written confirmation you are in receipt of the Special Rate of the SUSI grant OR
  • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Q. When will the bursary be awarded?

A. The 1916 bursaries for all the above institutions will be awarded at a ceremony.

Q. Who can I contact with any queries?

A. Please contact us by email at UCD1916bursary@ucd.ie 

 

Privacy Statement

● 1916 Bursary conditional offers are subject to the successful applicant receiving a CAO offer in round 0, A or 1 in UCD/TCD/IADT/NCAD/MIE

● A 1916 Bursary is conditional and subject to the successful student registering in UCD/TCD/IADT/NCAD/MIE and confirming they are in receipt of the Special Rate of SUSI or a DEASP means-tested social welfare payment

● All applicants must be first-time new entrants to higher education

● All applicants must have been resident in the State (Republic of Ireland) for at least three of the past five years on the date on which their first year of study commences

● These bursaries are tenable for the normal duration of the primary degree programme undertaken subject to funding being available and to a maximum of four years in respect of a full-time undergraduate provision, and six years in respect of a part-time undergraduate course

● A student can only hold one significant Scholarship/Bursary. In the event of a student qualifying for more than one bursary, the bursary of the greatest value will be awarded

● Awarding of this bursary will not affect entitlement to the Student Grant (SUSI) administered or the Back to Education BTEA.

● Bursary holders may apply to the Student Assistance Fund and/or be covered by supports under the Fund for Students with Disabilities. 

● The bursary can be deferred subject to 1 year and with the written permission of the HEI.

● If a student has to repeat a stage the bursary will be suspended for that year and will resume once the student progresses. Academic performance will be monitored and relevant support provided if necessary.

● Students will be expected to fulfil the regulations of their college and to undergo any examinations/ assessment as determined by the authorities of their college for their course.

● The university reserves the right to withdraw the bursary should a student continually fail to complete the academic standards of their programme, or if they face disciplinary proceedings

● The students who are awarded the 1916 bursary are required to pay any fees due to the University. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of the scholarship

● Successful candidates will be required to provide a short annual report extracts of which will be used in publicity materials and reports to both the HEI and HEA.

● Successful students will be invited to a 1916 Bursaries awards celebration, group photos will be taken at this event and may be used for publicity materials and reports to the HEA.

● The 1916 Scholars will be encouraged to act as community mentors within their HEI and their local community.

● 1916 scholar’s progression and results will be tracked by the HEI for HEA reporting requirements.

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