POLICY CRITERIA FOR AWARDING STUDY BURSARIES

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).

Courses

An indicative list of courses can be found here. (Please note: bursaries are not awarded to students undertaking PhDs.)

Applications

PLEASE 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 electronically.
  • 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 graham.hunt@nhs.net for advice which will be provided in consultation with the Bursary Coordinator.

The Student

  • is currently working (paid or voluntarily) or in a practice placement in the addictions field or in a post with a substantial addictions interest;
  • 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 to proceed;
  • is, and for the duration of the course will continue to be, UK-based.

The Training or Educational Institution

  • is a UK university-validated provider of further or higher education;
  • offers validated programmes of study leading to a recognised qualification.

The Course

  • 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 problems;
  • 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 proposed training;
  • is not in the private for-profit sector. As part of on-going review in a changing employment market, the Bursary panel is interested to hear from students who feel they have a strong case but are currently excluded by this requirement. Please email Graham Hunt a short paragraph outlining your circumstances. This information will be used in confidence to inform future discussions about eligibility criteria*.

* We do not seek full applications in such cases and are not considering making awards in such circumstances. We are seeking only to obtain information which will help inform future policy. The Society would therefore appreciate some brief information from you about your circumstances and how this exclusion affects your situation.

Specific Awards

  • 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 expenses).
  • 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 returned.

 

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 TO SUBMIT.

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.

The Decision

  • 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 to 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.

Payment of Awards

Payment will be made directly to the educational establishment and not to individuals.

 

 

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