POLICY CRITERIA FOR AWARDING STUDY BURSARIES
The aim of the Bursary scheme is
to facilitate training in the addictions field
for individuals experiencing difficulty in funding
a course of study. The Society’s Trustees
make SSA funds available to individuals who:
- have been offered a place on
a UK University-validated, UK-based programme
in specialist addiction studies;
- have a demonstrable commitment
to working in the addictions field;
- have not participated in a substantial
event of this nature in the one year prior to
that for which they have applied (unless the
latter is a follow-up course for which they
cannot obtain funding).
An indicative list of courses can
be found here.
(Please note: bursaries are not awarded to students
NOTE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL
ONLY. NO POSTAL OR FAX APPLICATIONS CAN BE
ACCEPTED. (SUPPORTING LETTERS, SIGNED AND
ON HEADED PAPER, MUST STILL BE SENT BY POST.)
- Applicants can apply for a bursary
to cover course fees.
- Preference will be given to applications
from members of the Society.
- The applicant's line manager
is required to indicate the support of the employing
or voluntary organisation by providing written
confirmation of confidence in the applicant's
ability and by allocation of time for study.
The manager should indicate which other sources
of funding have been sought.
- The manager's letter of support
should be forwarded direct to the Executive
Office (SSA Bursary Administration, Executive
Office, 19 Springfield Mount, Leeds, LS2 9NG).
- All applications must be submitted
- Consideration for an award of
a bursary is contingent upon clear and fulsome
answers. Unclear, unconsidered, rushed or partial
responses are likely to be rejected.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications
cannot be considered until the manager's letter
of support is received.
If you anticipate any difficulty
obtaining this letter, or need advice in identifying
an appropriate manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org
for advice which will be provided in consultation
with the Bursary Coordinator.
- is currently working (paid or
voluntarily) or in a practice placement in the
addictions field or in a post with a substantial
- is able to make a case for needing
to pursue the course of study for which the
bursary is requested;
- has the support of their employer
to pursue this course of study;
- is able to provide evidence of
acceptance on the course of study, and:
- provides as part of their application
the result of any current year/module of study,
together with a clear statement of being accepted
- is UK based;
- for the duration of the course
will continue to be UK-based.
The Training or Educational
- is a UK university-validated
provider of further or higher education;
- offers validated programmes of
study leading to a recognised qualification.
- provides substantial knowledge
and skills in the addiction field in practice,
research or policy;
- is validated by a UK University;
- results in a recognised qualification
or credits (not just a Certificate of Attendance).
The Employer/Volunteer Supervisor
(not the course manager)
- is a specialist addiction agency
or has a commitment to working with addiction
- confirms their commitment to
support the student's learning, which must include
time for studying and to attend the training;
- provides clarification of their
contribution (financial or in kind) to the student's
- For a trial period our restriction
on supporting students working in the private
for-profit sector is suspended, with effect
from 1 January 2015. The Bursary panel and Trustees
will monitor the effects of this, and our policy
in this regard may be subject to further amendment
in due course. Please make sure you have checked
the latest criteria before applying.
- Awards are not transferable in
whole or in part, and relate only to the academic
year, and the specific course, for which they
are initially granted.
- Students will be awarded a standard
award of £1,000 per annum (or less if
the fees are below this amount) for an individual
course of study in any one financial year.
- Students may be awarded a maximum
of £1,500 when taking courses consisting
of more than a single module.
- Awards are made for one year
only and need to be applied for separately in
subsequent years. Any award is subject to a
satisfactory outcome in the preceding year.
- Applications will not be accepted
until any current year of study has been completed
and the result obtained, together with a clear
statement of being accepted to proceed.
- The award is available only for
the payment of course fees and cannot include
other expenses (such as course materials, travel
- A percentage of bursary students
will be followed up for audit purposes on completion
of each bursary episode. Further funding will
depend on students returning the bursary audit
form. We reserve the right to contact the course
co-ordinator directly if audit forms are not
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
The application form can
be downloaded here
(Word 2007 format), or here
(Word 2003 format).
APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THE
INFORMATION SET OUT ABOVE AND BELOW BEFORE DECIDING
The manager's letter of support
should be forwarded direct to the Executive Office
(SSA Bursary Administration, Executive Office,
19 Springfield Mount, Leeds, LS2 9NG).
Applications are considered throughout
the year: there is no deadline for submission,
though the budget is predetermined. Please be
aware that it may take up to 6 weeks to process
each bursary application. This is to allow the
applications to be read and considered by Dr Daphne
Rumball, SSA Bursary Coordinator, and Dr Jo Neale,
and any further consultation and subsequent administrative
processes to be completed. You can expedite this
process by ensuring careful completion of your
application form and supporting letter.
- is taken by at least two members
of the Board of Trustees, one being the Bursary
Co-ordinating Officer and the other a second
officer of the Society designated to the task
by the Trustees. This panel is elected by the
Trustees for a period of four years;
- will be taken by an alternative
officer of the Society where one of the above
has a conflict of interest in the applicant
or the course;
- the award of a bursary in one
year of a course does not indicate it will be
granted in subsequent years or for subsequent
stages/modules of courses. Applications must
be made for each year and the SSA reserves the
right to alter the awards criteria from time
- the Bursary panel scrutinises
a large volume of applications, applying consistent
and experienced standards. Applicants have no
right of appeal. The Bursary panel’s decision
will not normally be reconsidered, and correspondence
will not be entered into. We do not allow re-application;
each application is judged on the application
and support letter as submitted and the eligibility
criteria in operation at the time of receipt.
Payment of Awards
Payment will be made directly to
the educational establishment and not to individuals.
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