TU Dublin 1916 Bursary

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Technological University Dublin - 1916 Bursary

Technological University (TU) Dublin is delighted to invite you to apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund 2020/21.

The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Education and Skills for eligible applicants to TU Dublin. In 2020/21 there are 25 bursaries of €5,000 per annum for the duration of applicant’s undergraduate studies in TU Dublin, up to four years for full time undergraduate programmes and six years for part time undergraduate programmes.

The bursary aims to provide support to applicants from a socio economically disadvantage background who are also from a group(s) underrepresented in higher education, including:

  • First time – new entrant Mature Student applicants
  • Applicants with a Disability, particularly applicants with a physical / mobility impairment or applicants with a sensory disability, applicants who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing, applicants who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers (10% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Entering TU Dublin on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Currently or previously in the Care of the State / Tusla
  • Socio economic groups underrepresented in Higher education

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage. 
  • Applicants must be new entrants to higher education and in year 1 of their undergraduate programme. 
  • Applicants must be attending a full-time or part-time undergraduate course that:
    • Takes not less than two years to complete;
    • On the successful completion of which, is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
    • Part-time undergraduate programmes must be undertaking not less than 30 credits for the 20/21 academic year.
  • Applicants need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have permission to remain in the State.
  • Applicants must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date on which a year of study commences.

How to apply:

The deadline for application completion is Friday, 31st July 2020 at 5pm.

Division of bursaries:

  • 50% of the bursaries will be reserved for those who have submitted an individual application form.
  • 50% of the bursaries will be reserved for those who have submitted an individual application form and also have been nominated by a TU Dublin Community Partner.

Application Process

There will be three phases to the application

  • Online Application form (closing date 31/07/20)
  • Accepting a TU Dublin course via the CAO / or admissions team
  • TU Dublin will contact you in relation to providing evidence / supporting documentation to verify the information provided in the online application. This will be after the CAO closes for Entry 2020.

For further information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions below:

All higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries as either regional clusters or TU Dublin. TU Dublin has a total of 25 bursaries available to award to applicants entering TU Dublin in 2020. 

The Bursaries are targeted at applicants who are socio economically disadvantaged (Family income less than €24,000 in 2019)  and who are from one or more of the following socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education: 

  • First time – new entrant Mature Student Applicants
  • Applicants with a Disability, particularly applicants with a physical /mobility impairment or applicants with a sensory disability, applicants who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing, applicants who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers (10% of the bursaries reserved for this group)
  • Entering TU Dublin on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents (20% of the bursaries reserved for this group)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Currently or previously in the Care of the State / Tusla
  • Socio economic groups underrepresented in Higher Education

This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons. You may have attended a DEIS(Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school. You may be a lone parent or have previously been in the Care of the State/Tusla. Your family income may mean that you are not able to go to college without financial help. You may be from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in higher education. All of these factors, either individually or in combination, mean that you may have significant additional social and financial challenges, making it difficult to access and succeed in higher education.

Each applicant who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study, subject to satisfactory progression.

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time undergraduate programmes and six years for part-time undergraduate programmes as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.

  • Applicants who are a first time new entrant Higher Education; Year 1 of an undergraduate programme in the coming academic year (2020/21) or repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI.
  • Applicants who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed below.

    SEG Categories:

    Eligible SEG GroupsIneligible SEG Groups
    Non manual workers
    Cook, Bar Staff, Office Administrators, Civil Service Clerical Officers, Receptionists.
    Employers and Manager
    Office Managers, Company directors, IT Managers, Business Owners or Farmers with Paid Employees.
    Semi-skilled manual workers
    Security Guards, Hotel Porters, Caretakers, Care Assisants, Carers.
    Higher Professionals
    Engineers (Civil , Electrical, Mechanical etc.), Solicitors, Accountants, Medical Doctors.
    Unskilled manual workers
    Cleaners, Labourers, Refuse Collectors, General Operatives.
    Lower Professionals
    Nurses, Teachers, Financial Consultants, Physiotherapists, IT Technicians.
    Agricultural Workers
    Farm Machinery Drivers, Farm Workers, Forestry Workers.
    Maual Skilled -
    Plumbers, Plasterers, Butchers, Mechanics, Electricians, Bus Drivers.
    State Labour Intervention Scheme
    Community Employment (CE) participants, FÁS Scheme Workers, TUS Scheme Workers.
    Own Account Workers
    Self-employed Workers, for example: Taxi Drivers, Business Owners, Shop Owners.
    Never Workered, Housewife, permanently Ill Farmers
    Student All others - uncodable
    Applicants in the care of the state  

     

  • Applicants must be socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of the target group. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. income less than €24,000 in 2019. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Applicants must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes not less than two years to complete and on the successful completion of which an applicant is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • There is no restriction on programme of study.
  • Applicants who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in Semester 1 2020.
  • Applicants who have already received a qualification at the same level.
  • Applicants on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which an applicant is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Applicants whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,000 gross for the family in 2019.
  • Postgraduate students.

The Bursary should not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments.

As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to those applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and the barriers experienced.

Applicants will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student (SUSI) grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme. The 1916 Bursary will be an income disregard for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme.

Applicants cannot hold the 1916 Bursary and other scholarships.

Data sharing arrangements are in place between the Access and Civic Engagement services in each of the three TU Dublin campuses.

All applications will be asked to provide relevant supporting documentation, in phase 3 of the application process (after the CAO closes). Failure to supply this will render application ineligible.

Category Indicated on the application formDocumentation
One Parent Family [Lone Parent] Proof of your one parent family payment (means tested social welfare payment)/tax credits for 2019
Member of the Irish Traveller community Letter from a Traveller Advocacy Group confirming status i.e. Pavee Point.
In the Care of the State/TUSLA Letter from Social/Aftercare Worker on TUSLA headed paper.
Person with a disability If you are eligible for DARE please include a copy of your eligibility correspondence otherwise please provide supporting documentation to verify disability. See www.accesscollege.ie/dare
Ethnic Minority A copy of your passport or GNIB card.
Under-Represented Socio-economic group Please complete the 1916 Socio Economic Group Assessment
Under 23 to complete for their parents / guardians, if you are a Mature student applicant, please complete this information for yourself and your spouse/civil partner/ co-habitant (If applicable)
Income Threshold below €24,000 in 2019. Complete the Path Income Declaration Form
Means tested Social Welfare Payment (Mature Applicant)


Means tested Social Welfare Payment (Under 23 years Applicant)
Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2019 including your spouse/civil partner/ co-habitant (If applicable)


Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2019 for your parent/guardian.
Residency In order to be eligible, Applicants must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years or have permission to remain in the State, on the date on which a year of study commences. In order to assess this can you forward one of the following:
A letter from SUSI confirming applicant qualifies for maintenance.
If you cannot provide a SUSI letter then we will accept:
1. A letter from your school confirming that you attended 3 of the last 5 years
2. A letter, or letters, from any full-time courses you have attended confirming the date that you were in attendance.
3. A copy of utility bills as outlined by SUSI
4. Legal documentation proving permission to remain in the State

The University reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the University reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.

There are two grounds for appeal: 

  • That you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that lead to you not being awarded the Bursary. 
  • That you believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application” i.e. that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed and something important was not considered about your personal situation.

TU Dublin will have a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application will be assessed fairly and in line with the criteria.

The 1916 bursaries will be awarded in late November / early December 2020.

Please contact TU Dublin via email 1916pathbursary@TUDublin.ie

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