Guidelines for Applicants

The Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund exists thanks to the generous donations from alumni, friends and QMU staff whose support ensures that all of our students have the opportunity to achieve their academic, personal or vocational goals.  

Grants from the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund are designed to support student-led projects, initiatives and activities which are based in the UK or overseas and which can be demonstrated to have a positive benefit to the student and/or the University.  

The Fund is designed to support only projects, initiatives, and activities which would not happen without receiving financial support.

Applications to the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund are invited from all undergraduate, postgraduate and research students currently enrolled.   

The criteria for funding under the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund has some cross-over with criteria for other funds, for example Santander Universities. You are welcome to apply to more than one fund, but please note that the same project will not be funded twice.

Applications will be assessed by the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund Panel consisting of QMU senior staff.

Please read the following carefully to see whether your project meets the necessary criteria:

  1. Your project must enhance your experience whilst at QMU, academically or personally, as well as improve your future employment prospects.

  2. You must show how your project will improve the reputation of QMU and relations with external organisations.

  3. You must be able to demonstrate that support from the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund is essential for your project/initiative to go ahead.

Please Note: 

  • The Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund is not a general fund for hardship, fees or subsistence.
  • The Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund will not support overseas projects which are:
    • elective placements
    • travel to and from your home country (if you live outside the UK)

 

  • Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we will not release any funding, until we are satisfied that the project/overseas travel is able to go ahead safely.

Any awards relating to overseas travel will be subject to the UK Government’s foreign travel advice and the University being satisfied.

All other awards will be subject to Government advice and the University being satisfied that the event/study/project can still go ahead safely.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we will not release any funding towards projects at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, or other live events/festivals, until we are satisfied that they will be able to go ahead safely.

  • Applications must be submitted using our online application form 
  • You must provide the name of a QMU staff member who supports your application. The Development Team will contact your referee for a statement of support, so please speak with them before applying.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.
  • The deadline for this round of applications is 5pm on Monday 29th March 2021. Late applications will NOT be accepted. 
  • Applications will be considered at the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund Panel meeting and a decision will be reached and given to the applicant week commencing 19th April 2021.
  • Monies will be credited to the successful candidate’s bank account. If for any reason the event/study/research project does not go ahead, you will be required to return the award to the University in order for it to be re-awarded.   
  • Occasionally, the committee will seek extra information from an applicant before making a decision.
  • The Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund’s limited awards have to be made on the merit of each applicant and in the context of all applications received.
  • The majority of awards will be around £500. Only in exceptional circumstances will funds be awarded up to a maximum of £1,000.
  • Applicants should be aware that successful grants may not reflect the full amount requested. A contribution to the total fund requested may be granted instead. 
  • In accepting an award, a student must agree to attend the annual QMU Student Support Reception and write a report on their experiences and send this report to the Development & Alumni Office within six months of the project taking place.
  • Each student must agree to participate in some publicity if required, for example for the alumni magazine, leaflets, booklets, web pages and social media. Where appropriate the support of the QMU Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund should be acknowledged. 
  • Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund grants are awarded for one year only.
  • Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund grants will not be awarded retrospectively (i.e. after the project has taken place).
  • The decision of the Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund Panel is final. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  • The Student & Vice-Chancellor’s Development Fund Panel may apply additional terms and conditions to a specific grant if it feels this to be necessary.

 

Rae Kenny
Development & Alumni Office 
development@qmu.ac.uk

February 2021