.Representation

Increasing Access to Bursaries (1314P9)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Student Life

Passed: 27/03/2014 | Lapsed: 27/03/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • Research from NUS[1] shows that some students are currently facing a cost-of-living gap of over £7,500 once their costs and possible government funding support are taken into account
  • The SUSU Advice and Information Centre does fantastic work in helping students to deal with financial difficulties
  • That the amount in bursaries that the University of Southampton offers students from lower income households has not increased with inflation in over 5 years
  • That the baseline values for means testing students for bursaries have not increased with inflation in over 5 years
  • That the baselines values for means testing students for student finance maintenance grants have not increased with inflation in over 5 years
  • That in 2013, all University of Southampton students eligible for means tested financial support from the University were given a choice between fee-waivers and bursaries
  • That up to 40% of graduates from UK universities will not pay back their entire tuition fee loan, and therefore not fully benefit from a fee-waiver
  • That financial difficulties shouldn’t hold back students from getting an education
  • That bursaries are always better than fee-waivers at helping students avoid financial difficulties at university
  • That a lack of inflationary changes in the ways maintenance grants, at a national level, and bursaries, at a local level, is taking vital financial support away from the students who need it most
  • To lobby the University to ensure that access funding is prioritised towards bursaries, instead of fee-waivers
  • To lobby the University to better educate students about bursaries that are open to them and the benefits of bursaries over fee-waivers
  • To lobby the University to make inflationary adjustments to the ways it calculates its bursary provision to students
  • To lobby nationally so that inflationary adjustments are made to the ways student finance England calculates maintenance grants
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy