1. Eligible students

1.1. The financial scholarship is a £1,000 award open to:

  • Students who have been made an offer as part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme
  • Students who meet the above condition, who firmly accept an offer from the University to study a full-time eligible undergraduate course, starting in September 2022
  • UK students (International, European Union and Channel Islands students are not eligible to receive the Scholarship)

2. Eligible courses

2.1 Full-time, campus-based, undergraduate courses. This applies to the following courses only: BEng (Hons), BSc (Econ) (Hons), BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MEng, MMath (Hons), MPharm (Hons) and MPhys (Hons). Please note, there are exceptions to this rule. Faculties consider courses on an annual basis before confirming whether they are eligible for the Unconditional Offer scheme. 

2.2 The following courses are not eligible: BA (Hons) Creative Computing with Foundation Year, BA (Hons) Media and Communication with Foundation Year, BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year, BN (Hons), BSc (Hons) Creative Computing with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year, CertED, CertHE, DipHE, FdA, FdA, FdEng, GradCert, HNC, HND and short courses.

2.3 Students must have completed their registration onto year 1 of their course to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.

2.4 Students awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship will receive a £1,000 scholarship in the first year only. The scholarship payment is subject to students registering and providing their bank details. The University of Portsmouth will inform eligible applicants of how and when these payments will be made at the earliest available opportunity. 

2.5 The list of eligible courses is subject to approval, modifications, closures and suspensions.

3. Academic criteria

3.1 Successful applicants will meet or exceed all predicted grades stated in their application.

3.2 Applicants must complete their exams and exceed our minimum standard entry requirements - 2 A levels (at A*–E) and 3 GCSEs (at grade C/grade 4 or above).

4. Application process

4.1 There is no need to apply for the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship; applicants will automatically be considered and notified if they meet the student and course eligibility criteria. 

4.2 Applicants will not be notified if they do not meet the student and course eligibility criteria.

5. Timescales

5.1 Scholarships will be allocated and students notified once examination results have been confirmed and verified.

5.2 During the registration process, students will be required to update the MyFinance section of the Student View with their bank details.

6. Operational terms and conditions

6.1 Scholarships will be made to successful students on eligible courses, subject to the availability of the limited awards.

6.2 Scholarships are subject to applicants receiving an Unconditional Offer Scheme offer, which they select as their firm choice.

6.3 Students who defer their place to September 2023 or later will not be eligible for the scholarship.

6.4 The £1,000 scholarship will be paid into a bank account provided within the MyFinance section of the Student View.

6.5 Successful applicants will be required to fully register onto their course to remain eligible for the scholarship. This entails completing the online registration form and providing original evidence of their personal identity within the first week of the start date of the course, and paying the residual balance of any fees, or confirmation that their fees will be paid by the Student Loan Company. Any extension to become fully registered onto the course will need to be requested through the late registration process. If this does not happen students will become ineligible to receive the scholarship.

6.6 Students who suspend or withdraw from their studies before receiving the full payment of the award will become ineligible for the scholarship. No extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.

6.7 Applicants who receive the University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship will still be entitled to apply for student loans, bursaries and scholarships, subject to their eligibility. An exception to this is the Best Begins scholarship. Applicants will not be able to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship if they receive the higher value Best Begins scholarship.

6.8 The University’s decision on the allocation of the scholarship in accordance with these terms and conditions is final. There is no appeals process.

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