In this section you will find details of various funds available to either new or continuing students, based on financial need and individual circumstances. The Centenary Fund and New Student Bursary Scheme are only available to new students and application deadlines apply. The Redundancy Support Scheme and Principal’s Discretionary Fund provide temporary support and are only available for applications from current students in their second or subsequent semesters.
The RICS benevolent fund, LionHeart, has recently started to support to surveying apprentices and some students. As a result, they have launched a student grant programme, aimed at helping surveying students from poorer backgrounds in the final year of a qualifying degree programme take their first steps into the profession. Eligible students who are in receipt of a full maintenance loan will be able to apply to LionHeart to cover the costs of buying suitable interview wear and travel to interviews or assessments, where travel costs are not otherwise reimbursed by the recruiting firm.
UCEM Centenary Fund
To celebrate our centenary year in 2019, UCEM launched the UCEM Centenary Fund.
The UCEM Centenary Fund is designed to enable students who may not otherwise have access to a career in the built environment, or who may not be able to progress their career in the built environment, to embark on a programme of academic study with us.
Eligibility for the scholarships are assessed on:
- Academic ability
- Demonstration of commitment to entering the surveying profession
- Financial need
Applications for support from the UCEM Centenary Fund are open to both UK and international students and will be considered by the UCEM Bursaries Working Group. The Group particularly welcomes applications from mature students, BAME students and students from lower-socio economic backgrounds.
Applicants for awards from the UCEM Centenary Fund must have applied for, and meet the criteria for, entry to a UCEM programme – this can be at Level 3 or undergraduate or postgraduate levels.
The UCEM Bursaries Working Group will consider applicants’ academic merit, how they have demonstrated their commitment to entering the built environment profession, and financial need as part of the selection process.
Awards will usually be made up to the following values:
- Undergraduate and postgraduate levels: up to 50% of tuition fees for the first year of study.
- Apprenticeship routes: up to £2,500 towards maintenance costs
Awardees will be expected to write a short report on the impact their study has had on their career and progression during the programme, and at the end of the programme
Application deadline and procedure
The deadline for your application is:
5th February 2021 for Spring 2021 entry
Notification of outcome
If you have been granted an award from the UCEM Centenary Fund you will be informed a month before the start date of your programme.
If you do receive an award through the UCEM Centenary Fund, you will be asked if you would be willing for UCEM to use your award in publicity relating to our Centenary year.
New Student Bursary Scheme
Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate financial need. The bursary is open to new undergraduate students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.
This funding is aimed at helping those studying at undergraduate level, and is therefore currently only available for our bachelor degree programmes.
To apply for a bursary from UCEM, you must first be offered a place on a programme. Follow these five steps to make your application:
- Apply for your chosen UCEM undergraduate programme
- Receive an offer to study on the programme (this can take up to 10 working days and is dependent on you providing all of the documentation the Admissions team required to make an assessment of your eligibility
- Complete a Bursary application form. This form can take some time to complete and requires submission supporting documentation so we’d advise you start completing it as early as possible
- Submit the Bursary application form and supporting documentation to email@example.com before the deadline below
- If your application is successful, you will be notified before the course start date
Bursary application deadlines
For all undergraduate programmes: next intake Spring 2021, deadline 5th March 2021
Redundancy Support Scheme
With economic uncertainly affecting all areas of the globe we try to offer support to existing students who find themselves in temporary financial difficulty due to redundancy.
There is a potential discount of up to 75% available for those who find themselves out of work due to redundancy at the time of re-registration. Students must be able to demonstrate that they have been made redundant and have not left employment voluntarily.
This package is open to existing students on all of UCEM’s courses from all countries.
Principal’s Discretionary Fund
The Principal’s Discretionary Fund can award bursaries to assist current UCEM students in financial difficulties due to sudden and unexpected circumstances, who may not meet the criteria of UCEM’s other bursary schemes.
This may include, for example, financial help for students who suffer serious ill health or are having to cope with a family bereavement. To apply for assistance from this fund, students should write, in the first instance, to the Principal setting out full details of their circumstances and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests will be dealt with on a confidential basis.
Get a career head start with UCEM’s #BEReady bursary!
University College of Estate Management (UCEM) has partnered with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) to fund 50% of the UCEM BSc Access Module fee for students who most need a helping hand to begin their built environment career.
Bursary application deadlines
Next intake Spring 2021, deadline 5th March 2021
To find out more visit the #BEReady Bursary webpage (opens in new window).
Get a helping hand with UCEM’s Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme!
University College of Estate Management (UCEM) will fund up to 50% of the UCEM postgraduate programme fee for a limited number of new students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability and financial need.
Who is eligible?
Applicants in any country who can demonstrate a strong academic record in their previous studies, for example, a Bachelor degree classification of a first or 2.1, or equivalent, are eligible to apply. We particularly welcome applications from international, BAME, LGBTQ+, disabled, lower socio-economic and care leaver candidates.
How will the scholarships be awarded?
Your application will be assessed and if you meet the scholarship criteria, you will be invited for a virtual interview to discuss your academic achievements and your ambitions for your career in the Built Environment.
A discount of up to 50% will be awarded to those students who have demonstrated previous academic excellence and whom the UCEM Bursaries Working Group believe will be most helped by receiving the support.
Which degree programmes can this scholarship be used for?
How do I apply?
You must have received an offer to study on a UCEM MSc or MBA to be able to apply for this scholarship. Once this has been received for the relevant intake, you need to:
- Complete this scholarship application form (opens in new window).
- Provide evidence of academic excellence – this might be in the form of a testimonial or academic reference. Your certificates and transcripts will already have been provided as part of your application, but you may wish to provide further evidence).
- Provide financial evidence – your last three pay slips, your last two months’ bank statements and/or evidence of receipt of benefits if unemployed.
When do I need to apply by?
The scholarship is available for the following intakes:
29 March 2021 (apply and provide supporting evidence by 25 January 2021)
27th September 2021 (apply and provide supporting evidence by 6th August 2021)
Are there any exclusions?
The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is not available for Postgraduate Single Module, Postgraduate Access Programme or for applicants whose study will be partly or fully funded by an employer or by the UK Government Apprenticeship Scheme.
Any retake fees incurred will not form part of the scholarship award and will be due in full.
How can I find out more?
Contact our friendly admissions team who can talk you through the scholarship, our Postgraduate programmes and the application process.
Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 0900- 1700 GMT
The Worshipful Company of Constructors Scholarships
Every year, The Worshipful Company of Constructors offers a range of scholarships in conjunction with the Constructors Charitable Trust, CIOB, the BRE Trust and the University College of Estate Management.
These bursaries support students, graduates, academics and practitioners, and promote the construction leaders of the future. The scholarships and prizes include awards for research, travel, course fees and projects in the construction industry, including apprenticeships. The scholarships are valuable to companies who want to develop the potential of employees and demonstrate their leadership in the field.
Sustainability Scholarships – £3,000 bursary
The sustainability agenda, though it continues to evolve and develop, will impact on every business going forward. Whether you are interested in the advent of carbon accounting on projects or the importance of water conservation in the future, the Sustainability Scholarship encourages a company to carry out research using one of its employees. Established in 2007 jointly with the CIOB and the University College of Estate Management, the scholarship is awarded annually.
The successful scholar will continue to work full time during the scholarship year, carrying out a research project which will benefit the scholar, their company and the industry. The subject of the research could relate to any area of construction management including forms of contract, processes on site, emerging trends or management practices. It could be a new topic or extend existing work to increase its value to a wider audience in industry.
Who can apply?
Applications are open to students, graduates, academics and practitioners, and anyone who would like the chance to develop their potential through a research project.
The successful scholar will continue to work full time during the scholarship year, carrying out a research project which will benefit the scholar, their company and the industry. Once selected scholars will benefit from:
- 12 months research on relevant topic whilst working
- Access to an industry mentor for a year
- Access to the WCC scholars’ network
- A platform to showcase findings on the worshipful company website
- A platform to present findings to industry via a presentation
- Opportunity to enhance research, leadership and communication skills
- Access to wider industry networks and professional membership
Each award offers a one-year research fund of £3,000, where the scholar aims to produce UK-based research that results in a tangible outcome. It should benefit the scholar, the company and the industry.
Opportunities following the scholarship
Previous scholars have gone on to become experts in their topic areas. This has led scholars being invite to:
- Attend as guest speakers in industry leading events
- Professional membership with the WCC & CIOB
- Professional membership on industry boards
How to apply
- The candidate must send their CV and a brief summary (200 words max) of their chosen research topic + confirming if the project is new or will build on existing work.
- A member of the selection committee will then arrange a time for discuss the proposed project in more detail over the phone to gather further information.
- All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and the winner will be agreed in December 2020. The successful candidate will be informed by email by 18th December 2020.
- Applications should be made via email to: email@example.com
- The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 November 2020
- Winner selected by 11th December 2020
- Selected Winner informed by 18th December 2020
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