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The Stoneygate Award 

Guidance Notes - 2022/23 Entry 

Before completing this application form please read these guidance notes. 

If you require these notes and the accompanying application form in an alternative format (e.g. Braille, large font) please call Financial Support on 0115 823 2071 or email us at

Who can apply for this scheme? 

For this scheme you must meet the following basic criteria. You must: 

  • Have enrolled for the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham (UK Campus) in Autumn 2022 

  • Be studying for a first undergraduate degree 

  • Have Home funding status (see definition on page 2) 

  • Have a 2020/21 Household Income of between £0-£35,000, as assessed by Student Finance (see definition on page 3) 

  • Not be receiving NHS funding for your course 

  • Not be receiving external sponsorship for your course e.g. from industry/employers (University Core Bursaries and Government grants do not affect your eligibility)   

Scholarship Information: 

The Stoneygate Award is a major scholarship for undergraduate students entering the University in September 2022. The Award offers financial support totalling £9,000 over the duration of their course to each of three academically able students who have overcome personal barriers to progression to reach their goal of attending University. This new Stoneygate Award was established in 2020 thanks to the generosity of The Stoneygate Trust and is intended to assist students with their essential living costs whilst studying, it is not intended to be used towards tuition fees. 

The primary criteria for the Award, in addition to the basic criteria outlined above, are: 

  • The applicant to have had to face/overcome personal barriers to progression (please see pages 2 and 6 for more information) in order to progress their educational aspirations of attending University. 

  • A strong academic ability (a minimum standard of ABB at ‘A’ Level or equivalent) indicating that he or she is likely to achieve a first or upper second class degree. 

We are also keen to target these scholarships at those students who can show the beneficial impact the Award will have on their time at University and this will be an additional, key consideration in assessing applications. Please see page 2 for details of the supporting evidence you will need to provide. 

Successful candidates will be expected to maintain a high academic standard throughout their degree and agree to be subject to bi-annual reports on their progression being submitted to the Trust including updates from their Personal Tutor. They will also be expected to provide their own annual statement reporting on their progress, explaining the extent to which the Award has enabled him or her to overcome their personal barriers to progression. 


What are “personal barriers to progression”? 

Examples of personal barriers to progression include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • Disability, serious long-term medical condition or incidences of serious health problems 

  • Significant caring responsibilities 

  • Victim of domestic violence/abuse 

  • Physical or mental trauma which has had a long lasting impact 

  • Serious difficulties arising from extreme financial hardship (for example, loss of the family home) 

What evidence of personal barriers to progression am I required to provide? 

The evidence necessary to confirm your personal barriers to progression will depend on your own situation. We appreciate the potentially highly sensitive nature of this information and only require you to provide the minimal amount of evidence necessary to confirm you meet this criterion. Acceptable evidence includes, but is not necessarily limited to: 

  • Medical evidence, such as a copy of a hospital letter which makes clear the nature of your condition, or a letter from a doctor specifying details of your condition 

  • Official documentation relating to your circumstances or condition. 

  • In the absence of other evidence, a letter from a person who knows you in their professional capacity (e.g. a teacher or social worker) who is familiar with your circumstances detailing those circumstances is acceptable. 

If you are unsure how best to evidence your situation please feel free to contact us to discuss this in confidence. 

What evidence do I need to provide to demonstrate that I have “a strong academic ability indicating that [I am] likely to achieve a first or upper second class degree”? 

This is evidenced on the basis of your achievements to date. Please detail your relevant exam results in Questions 16. A minimum standard of ABB at ‘A’ Level or equivalent is expected. 

What should be included in your “Supporting Statement” (Question 16)? 

In your supporting statement you should detail what difference, if successful, this Award would make to you. You should consider its potential impact on your situation, both financially and in other ways, such as your personal and academic circumstances. 

What is a “Home Student” (Question 7)?  

Your student finance company (i.e. Student Finance England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the SAAS) will decide your residency status. To be classed as a ‘Home’ student you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three year period prior to the start of your course. Students granted refugee status and European migrant workers may also be eligible. If you are unsure of your status contact the student finance company for further information. 

What is “Household Income” (Question 10)?  

The “Household Income” figure used by the University in relation to Award eligibility is the figure calculated by Student Finance when you apply for your government support funding (Student Loans and Grants). It is the gross income of all those in your household (e.g. your parent/s or your partner) during the 2019/20 tax year (6th April 2019—6th April 2020), before tax and national insurance deductions but minus a few allowable deductions. More information is available from

How will the Award be paid? 

If successful your total award of £9,000 will be paid over the expected duration of your undergraduate course: i.e. £3,000 per year if on a three year course, or £2,250 if on a 4 year course. Your annual payment will be divided into three approximately equal instalments over the academic year: year one payments will be in December, January and May with payments in subsequent years made in October, January and May. 

When is the closing date and when will I know if I’ve been made an award? 

The closing date for submitting this form is 4th November 2022. Applications will be considered once the closing date has passed and all applicants will be informed by email (to their University email account) of the outcome of their application within 4 weeks of the closing date. 

The University of Nottingham’s safeguarding responsibilities: 

The University of Nottingham has a responsibility to comply with legislation regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and will consult with local relevant bodies if it feels that the welfare of an individual is at risk. The information provided in this application will be treated confidentially, but in making an application you accept that you understand the University’s policy on safeguarding. Full information on the University’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found at: 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

The University of Nottingham is focused on embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion in all that we do. As part of this, we seek to reward and recognise our diverse staff and student population, and therefore encourage applications from all communities, particularly those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion web pages: 
If you have any questions about your application in relation to EDI issues, or you have any questions about completion of the application form, then please contact the Funding and Financial Support team. 

How to appeal 

All applications to funds administered by the Funding and Financial Support team are assessed according to agreed guidelines.  

If you are unsatisfied with the outcome your application you should initially contact the team to discuss your concerns (see contact details below). If after an explanation of the assessment you believe there has been an error or procedural inconsistency you can ask for the outcome to be reviewed by emailing the Funding Manager, detailing the basis of your appeal. Please send your email to and copy in

Appeals must be lodged within 2 weeks of the date of the email notifying you of the initial outcome. You will be contacted within 7 working days of receipt of the appeal with confirmation of the outcome. 

Please note that this appeals process specifically relates to the outcome of a particular funding application. It provides a process by which to question that outcome in the context of the relevant criteria and assessment guidelines. The Funding and Financial Support Management’s decision on such appeals is final. Where wider issues or questions are raised, these will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate University procedure or policy.  

Further details can also be found at: 

More information 

If you have any questions about completing this application form or want more information about any area of student support funding then please contact us. We can provide information and advice on all aspects of student finance including Government and University student support funds. 

Financial Support Team contact details: Tel: 0115 823 2071 

Email: Website: 

You can also find information on the comprehensive range of support services offered by the University of Nottingham at: 

 Applications will open on Monday 26th September 2022.



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