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Unite Foundation Scholarship

Widening access to higher education

Find out about the Unite Foundation Scholarship  

The Unite Foundation Scholarship is jointly offered by Liverpool John Moores University and the Unite Foundation with the intention of widening access to higher education for those who might otherwise find participation to be challenging. Applications are invited from applicants for 2019/2020 entry.

What could I receive as part of the scholarship?

Successful students will receive:

  • Accommodation in a standard single study room in a Unite Students property, as allocated by the Liverpool John Moores University Accommodation Office. Accommodation costs will be covered for up to 52 weeks of each year if required

If successful, these benefits will be awarded to you on an annual basis for a maximum three years of your undergraduate programme.

Eligibility and how to apply

For more information, please click on the tabs below. This information is only intended to provide potential applicants with general details about the scheme. If you would like further information, please contact Phil Bakstad using the details below.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a new undergraduate entering higher education for the first time in the 2019/2020 academic year. Students who have previously studied in higher education will be considered, but will not be viewed as a priority group for this scholarship.
  • have an assessed household income of £25,000 or less. This will be verified by LJMU using data supplied to us by the Student Loans Company.
  • have 'firmly' accepted an offer of a place to study a full-time, undergraduate course at LJMU
  • be classed as a 'home' student, which means a student who meets the residency requirements for student support (grant and loans)

Priority will be given to students who are irreconcilably estranged from their families or in another vulnerable group as identified by LJMU Student Advice and Wellbeing Services.

The Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011 and the associated guidance chapters set out some definitions of what is meant by estrangement. While these are not intended to be too prescriptive this is generally considered as:

  • no communication with either parent for the period of one year before the beginning of the relevant year
  • the student can demonstrate on other grounds that they are irreconcilably estranged from their parents

Obligations for successful applicants

Successful applicants are expected to adhere to the following obligations:
  1. Adherence to the relevant tenancy agreement for the Unite Students accommodation in which you will live, though without the requirement to pay rent, provide a deposit or name a guarantor
  2. Completion of the annual Unite Foundation Scholar Survey, which will be administered online each spring
  3. Completion of the end of year review, no later than 31 August, for each year you remain on the Scholarship Scheme
  4. To retain eligibility, you will be required to successfully progress each year to the next level of your programme

You may also be required to participate in publicity of the scheme for the Unite Foundation and will need to provide a brief profile and photography which, with permission, may be used for marketing purposes.

How can I apply?

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2019.

You can apply by downloading and completing the application form. You will also need to provide the University with information about your personal circumstances (see below for more details). Eligible applications will be referred to the LJMU Allocations Committee who will make a recommendation to the Unite Foundation. The Unite Foundation will then make the final decision on the awards.

Applicants will be required to attend an informal interview. The interview may be face-to-face or via Skype.

Please note: All evidence provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence, in line with current Data Protection Regulations.

What type of evidence will you require?

As everyone’s circumstances vary, we will be happy to talk to you about the evidence we think you might need to provide.

The type of evidence we will normally need to assess your application will vary depending on your individual circumstances. However, normally we would need written evidence from someone that can confirm the situation. For example, this might be a teacher, a doctor, a support worker or other similar professional that can confirm the details of your estrangement. If you are worried that you may find it difficult to gather such evidence, please contact Phil Bakstad.

Submit your application

Applications must be submitted by email or post:



Phil Bakstad,
Student Advice and Wellbeing Services
Liverpool John Moores University
Aquinas Building
Maryland Street
L1 9DE

Contact us

Get in touch with Phil Bakstad

The information on this page is only intended to provide you with general details about the scheme.

To find out more about the scheme, please contact Phil Bakstad.


Call: 0151 231 3149

Scholarship guidance

Unite Foundation Scholarship 

Read this guide to find out more about the Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme. Inside, you'll find information about the conditions of the scholarship and details about applying.

Read guidance for applicants

Visit the Unite Foundation site for further information.

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