UWE Bristol Employability Bursary

This bursary is available to students undertaking certain employability activities.

About the bursary

The new UWE Bristol Employability Bursary aims to support students to access a range of activities, which will add significant value to the student experience, but also empower students to achieve better graduate outcomes.

There are 500 bursaries of up to £1,000 (depending on activity type) available in academic year 2022/2023. The bursary is allocated on a first come first served basis. This will be in addition to the UWE Bursary and will be paid as a lump sum.

Students can receive up to a maximum of £1,000 in funding per academic year. The academic funding year runs from the 1 August to 31 July. This means that if you take part in an activity before the 31 July 2022, you can apply for funding again after the 1 August 2022 for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Please note: if a single activity straddles two academic years it will only qualify for one bursary payment.


This bursary is only available for students who wish to undertake one of the eligible optional employability activities listed below. The bursary is not able support activity that fulfils a compulsory requirement of a degree programme or any other ad-hoc activity not listed.

For students carrying out activities that involve overseas travel, you will be required to complete a specific overseas risk assessment, questions and share important travel and in-country information. You will be guided to complete this as and when relevant to do so.

To be eligible for this bursary you must:

  • be fully registered as an undergraduate student at UWE Bristol
  • qualify for support with tuition fees (if liable for tuition fees during the academic year) and living costs support from UK Student Finance
  • have a household income of £30,000pa or below, as assessed by Student Finance
  • have a confirmed place on one of the activities listed below.

Please note you must apply for and secure one of the activities below before you can receive a bursary. Payment cannot be made unless your place has been confirmed by the provider and approved by UWE Bristol.

The following activities are eligible

How to apply

For sandwich placements (including self-employed placements), please complete the Employability Activity Confirmation 2022-2024 process through InfoHub. Through this process you will be asked to confirm your eligibility.

For all other activities, the relevant UWE Bristol team managing your activity will make you aware during their application process of when and how you will be considered for the bursary.

What happens after you've applied?

  1. Step 1

    After you complete the relevant application process for the activity you are undertaking the managing team will confirm if your place is approved.

  2. Step 2

    Once approval for your chosen activity is confirmed your financial eligibility will be considered by the UWE Student Money Service.

  3. Step 3

    You will then receive an email notification from the UWE Student Money Service confirming whether or not you meet the criteria for financial eligibility outlined above.

  4. Step 4

    Once you have satisfied the criteria for acceptance, your bursary payment will take up to 22 working days following the email notification. Please note that the payment you receive will be made via the Student Loan Company system rather than from the University directly.