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Unpaid placement support grant

The Unpaid Placement Support Grant is means tested and available to support students who have been offered a short term unpaid placement.  Placements must last a minimum of 10 working days (or 100 hours) and a maximum of 20 working days.   If it is more than this, students may still apply but only the maximum of 20 working days will be considered.

The fund is limited and unfortunately not all applications can be successful.

Please be aware if you are undertaking a long term unpaid placement this will affect your ability to work and the fund cannot be expected to cover your costs.

Eligibility criteria

  • Full-time UK ‘home’ and EU students (UG & PG) can apply.

  • Overseas , Channel Island / IOM and part time students cannot apply.

How to apply 

  • Please complete an application form
  • You MUST see a student funding adviser with your completed form, in the student hub (RM050).
  • Forms left at the student hub desk without permission will not be processed.

Evidence required

  • Undergraduate students must provide evidence of their UK funding entitlement which includes their maintenance loan* for 2018/19.
  • Postgraduate students should provide evidence of their postgraduate loan* for 2018/19.
  • Undergraduate EU students should provide evidence (showing name and customer reference number) of their Tuition fee loan and how they are covering their living costs.
  • You must provide proof of the placement on official headed paper/email from the employer.   
  • It must:
  1. detail the dates of the work experience,
  2. state that it is unpaid and
  3. state whether any expenses are paid by the company e.g. travel, lunch etc.
  • You must provide photocopies of all evidence, as originals will not be returned.
  • All placements must have started after 1 September 2018 and be completed by the 31 August 2019.
  • We cannot backdate awards for the previous year..

*These must show your name and customer reference number.

Applications will only be accepted from 

  • Monday 8 October 2018 to Friday 21 June 2019 by 3pm or until funds are exhausted.
  • You may only apply once during your course.
  • Applicants will be notified by email within 2 – 3 working weeks 


If you have any queries regarding the fund please contact the student funding team.

Page last updated on Monday 17 September 2018 at 2.08pm.


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