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What is the Harris Bursary Fund?

Over a third of UCLan students come from working class homes and amongst them are individuals experiencing extreme financial or social hardship. The Harris Bursary Fund was established as a charitable fund through the University of Central Lancashire Foundation to prevent these students from dropping out of higher education through the provision of non-monetary support such as computer equipment, textbooks or supermarket vouchers.

If you would like to apply for support from the Harris Bursary, you will need to apply to the Hardship Fund and be fully assessed for a standard hardship award to determine whether you can also be considered for the Harris Bursary. Please make it clear in your personal statement, why you are applying for the Harris Bursary as this information will be passed to the panel and will be used to determine your eligibility for an award.

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There are no specific evidence requirements for the Harris Bursary however, you will be required to apply for the standard Hardship Fund and be identified by an assessor as experiencing extreme financial hardship before your Harris Bursary application will be considered. As this application is now part of the main Hardship Fund you will be expected to provide a substantial supporting statement that will be considered as part of your Hardship assessment but will also be used by the Harris Bursary Panel.

How the Harris Bursary is Assessed

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Types of Award

The Harris Bursary provides students in financial hardship with non-monetary awards to help them to continue with their studies. As part of the application process, students are asked to choose which award they would prefer and can choose between the following items;

  • Supermarket vouchers
  • Laptop/Desktop PC
  • Tablet
  • Printer
  • Book Vouchers

We cannot guarantee the availability of awards and all applicants will be asked to provide a first and second choice to increase the chances of receiving an award that suits the student and their support needs. 

Students will be expected to provide a written statement as part of their application to clearly explain why they are applying for support and how their chosen award/s would help them to continue with their studies. The panel reserve the right to reject applications where sufficient information has not been provided.

Students in their final year of study will not be considered for equipment such as laptops, tablets and printers but can still apply for support from the fund for non-equipment awards.

For Financial Support Enquiries:

Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email: