University of Salford Terms and Conditions - University Financial Support Scheme (Inspire Award) - for the academic year 2021/22
University of Salford Terms and Conditions - University Financial Support Scheme (Inspire Award) - for the academic year 2021/22
Please note these terms and conditions are reviewed annually.
a. Basic award
c. How many
d. Top up
11. John Smith Group
1. Award details
The Inspire Award is given to help support the successful progression of all students. The fund can be used to buy a variety of learning resources from the Inspire website including books, IT equipment and membership of Students' Union clubs and societies.
The Award is available to all new, and progressing, full-time and part-time (pro rata) home and international fee paying students (defined below), who are registering on an undergraduate course for which they are paying the maximum fee or for a foundation course, both of which are to be delivered by the University at its main campus. An enhanced award is available to a limited number of UK home fee paying students from low income households who live in areas where participation in higher education is low.
a. Basic award: Every home/international fee paying student has access to £150. [This is a one-time payment made to an individual student and is not repeated in future years of study.] Part time students will have access to the same amount as full time students, but their awards will be pro-rated over the scheduled minimum duration of their courses. Eligibility criteria apply (see below).
b. Uplift: Up to 500 UK home fee paying students will have access to an uplift of £350 to their basic award making a total award in 2021/22 of £500. Uplifts are made available to those students who meet certain eligibility criteria as verified by the University's Allocation Panel (see below).
c. How many: Whilst the basic award of £150 will be available to all home / international students (based on eligibility criteria below), uplifts are currently paid to a maximum of 500 UK home fee paying students.
d. Application process: There is no separate application process for either the basic award or uplift. Awards will be made available based on information gained through registration, through student application to the Student Loans Company, and from the Office for Students' POLAR and Gaps postcode look-up page. Eligibility for an uplift is verified by the Allocation Panel (see below).
To be eligible for the £150 award, you must meet all the criteria that apply. NB: the criteria below are for students registering in or during the 2021/22 academic year.
· Your course must be delivered by the University and the place of study must be solely the University's main campus
· You must have met the required admission or progression criteria for their course
· You must not be on a whole year placement for which no tuition fee charge is incurred.
· The award will only be made once for each level of study, so if a level of study is repeated the Inspire award will not be made.
· Whilst you may have previously studied at the University you are now eligible for the award (a new condition for 2021/22). However, you must not have previously been in receipt of the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award or the Salford Student Bursary.
· You must be registered and be starting a full-time or part-time undergraduate course at level 4 (first year) to be delivered by the University at it main campus having completed a foundation course, either at the University, a partner college or another institution AND must be paying an undergraduate fee of not less than £9,250. This includes those students on a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and those on Integrated Masters courses.
· You must be registered for or be starting a foundation course (level 3) to be delivered by the University at its main campus (fee £8,250 and above)
To be awarded the £350 uplift you must meet all the above criteria for the basic £150 plus the following additional criteria:
· You must consent to the sharing of data submitted to the Student Loans Company
· You must be from a household with income of £25,000 per annum or less (see eligibility definitions below)
· You must be from a low participation neighbourhood (see eligibility definitions below)
· You must be a British citizen (this is so data can be retrieved from the Student Loans Company regarding household income and residency in a low participation neighbourhood)
· Whilst you may have previously studied at the University, you are now eligible for the award (a new condition for 2021/22). However, you must not have previously been in receipt of the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award or the Salford Student Bursary.
The £350 uplift will only be made available to you if:
· The University has received proof that you meet all of the applicable eligibility criteria (see requirements below) at the point at which you first register. Whilst household income will be reviewed each academic year, the postcode of the household from which you applied for university will be used to determine whether you are from a low Participation Neighbourhood. The only occasion where this will be waived is if you became estranged from your parents shortly after submission of the application and are now living in a Low Participation Neighbourhood.
· You will be verified by the Allocation Panel (defined below) as being eligible to receive an uplift. If, in any academic year, the number of students who meet all of the above eligibility criteria exceeds 500 then, at the University's discretion, further categories may be added to the eligibility criteria for such academic year. The University will notify you if any additional information is required from them to prove eligibility against categories which are added.
· Your fee status is unresolved
· You are deferring entry - subject to awards still being available, students holding offers for a deferred entry will be considered for an award the academic year they actually start their course
· You are studying on a degree apprenticeship course
· You are studying with partner organisations for a University of Salford award, including foundation year.
· Distance learners
· Low income: To evidence 'Low income' (defined below), you must provide the relevant Award Authority with sufficient information to enable a full financial assessment to have been carried out prior to the allocation of awards, and consent from you and your sponsor(s) to share this data. The University will use the result of that assessment to confirm 'Low income' eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Award Authority has fully carried out the income assessment prior to awards being made available.
· Low Participation Neighbourhood (POLAR 4, Quintile 1): Residential postcode data will be collected from the University registration forms to prove eligibility. This information will then be cross referenced with the Postcode Checker issued by the Office for Students.
· A member of the University's executive team
· Deputy Director of Finance
· Director, Student Administration
· Planning Manager (representing the Strategy team)
· Dean of Students
· CEO, Students' Union
· Additional representative from the USSU
· Head of Student Engagement
· Head of Student Recruitment and Outreach
In attendance at the Allocation Panel meeting will be the Student Experience and Engagement Manager.
· September intake uplift awards are presented to the Panel for approval during the 3rd week of November. This allows time for late applications to be processed by Student Finance.
· January intake uplift awards to be presented to the Panel for approval during 2nd week of March. The shorter timeframe is due to the cohort size being significantly lower than the September intake and thus fewer applications require processing by Student Finance.
g. Should you wish to challenge the decision made by the awards team contact ku/ca/droflas//SUksa. The askUS team will forward your email to the Head of Student Engagement and a response will be given within ten working days. Their decision will then be reported to the Allocation Panel. If you are still not satisfied you may discuss the matter with the Allocation Panel.
a. If eligible an Inspire account will be created for you and funds can be spent at www.salford-inspire.co.uk Basic awards will be credited as soon as reasonably practicable after the applicable late registration period has closed. Uplifts will be credited to accounts as soon as reasonably practicable after late registration periods for the January and September intakes in each academic year have closed. (This is when the Allocation Panel makes its selection - see section 5f above).
d. Top-ups may be made to your account, by arrangement directly at www.salford-inspire.co.uk Basic awards and uplifts must have been used before top-ups will be available to spend.
a. Changing a course and starting againat level 3 (foundation year) or 4 (first year undergraduate). If you start a course, subsequently change courses starting again at either level 3 or 4, you will not be eligible for the award against the new course. The initial credit made will remain in your account. Once you progresses on to the next level up you will be eligible for the appropriate credit to be made for that year of study. For example, were you to start on an undergraduate nursing programme in level 4 but then decide to change to an undergraduate midwifery programme, you will have already received the award for that level and will not receive an additional award on the new programme. Once you move to the next level the award payment will resume.
e. Leaving or being removed from the course. If you leave or are removed from your course you will not be expected to repay any of your award that has already been spent. However, your account will be closed and any remaining credit balance will not be available to you and entitlement to all future credits will stop on the date you leave or are removed. Unfulfilled orders (if any) that you have placed, and that have been or will be paid for using the awards, will be cancelled.
f. Misuse / misconduct. Your account will be closed and credit balances lost if you misuse or commit any misconduct in connection with your account or in other circumstances if the University deems such action to be necessary or reasonable.
g. Awards are subject to availability. The University reserves the right to suspend or withdraw future credits of awards at any time without notice. The University will not be responsible if the crediting of any awards and uplifts is delayed or prevented due to circumstances outside its control.
a. If you have any queries on your Inspire account or items ordered please use the 'contact us' link at www.salford-inspire.co.uk All queries made to University teams will be referred to that website.
b. No responsibility is accepted by the University for (i) any learning materials or products that are alleged to be lost, damaged, defective or stolen or are alleged either not to have been delivered or to have been delivered late; or (ii) credits of any refunds to student accounts to which students may from time to time be entitled.
You are responsible for all activity on your Inspire account and must keep your username and password confidential and secure.
The University reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time. Material changes will be notified to students.
The Inspire Award Scheme is a collaboration between the University and John Smith & Son Group Limited (JSG). JSG is responsible for the Inspire Award website: www.salford-inspire.co.uk and students who buy learning materials and other products via the website are buying from JSG.
· Low income: Those with an annual household income of £25,000 or less. For full-time students, a full financial assessment must have been carried out by the relevant Award Authority (defined below) and agreement must have been given by the student and their sponsor(s) to share this data. This assessment must have been completed at the time of award allocation and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that this has been completed by the Award Authority.
· Low participation neighbourhoods: Postcodes that are from time to time classified as 'POLAR 4, Quintile 1' by the Office for Students (OfS) - those wards with the lowest participation for entering Higher Education. For further information, see the following link to the OfS website: OfS postcode checker
· Ordinarily resident in the UK: students are ordinarily resident in the UK if they have habitually, normally and lawfully resided in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland or choice.
· Award Authority: Student Finance England / Wales / Norther Ireland or Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be made by emailing: ku/ca/droflas//SUksa