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Unite Foundation Scholarship

The QMUL Unite Foundation Scholarship offers its Scholars three year of free, year-round accommodation at Rahere Court.

These scholarships are designed for students who have previously been in Local Authority care or are estranged from their parents.

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 What is the Unite Foundation?

The Unite Foundation is a charitable trust, registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales and the Scottish Charity Regulator, which focusses on enabling young people under the age of 25 to make the most of educational opportunity.

Emphasis is placed on supporting young people with academic ability and ambition for whom access to a secure home is particularly meaningful; students who have previously been in care or are estranged from their parents.

The Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme provides free accommodation for three years of undergraduate study.  At November 2016, over 160 students had benefited from the scholarship scheme, with 22 having graduated.  In 2017 another 70 scholarship places will be available through our national network of partnership universities.

The Foundation itself was established in 2012 by Unite Students, a developer and manager of student accommodation. Unite Students remains the majority donor and makes an annual donation to the Unite Foundation having pledged a total of £8.5 million over the five-year period to 2020.

The Unite Foundation works with a network of university partners who allocate the Scholarships using an agreed criteria. All applications for a Unite Foundation Scholarship should come through QMUL


This film hears from some of the Unite Foundation Scholars about what the Scholarship means to them.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for a QMUL Unite Foundation Scholarship you should:

• You must have applied to start your first full-time undergraduate degree in September 2017 or be studying at QMUL on your first full-time undergraduate course
• Have given Student Finance England ‘consent to share’ your financial information with QMUL
• Submit a completed application by 26th May 2017

What accommodation is being offered?

The accommodation offered will be at Rahere Court, Toby Lane, Mile End E1 4DW. There are 36 single studios and 148 single en suite rooms with shared kitchen/diner. The Residence is located in travel zone 2 and is close to shops and local amenities and within easy travel distance to central London with very good transport links. It is also located within 5 minutes’ walk to the Mile End campus which is on Mile End Road. The closest underground stations are Mile End and Stepney Green which operate the Central, District and Hammersmith & City Lines.

Scholars will be offered a single en suite bedroom in a shared flat with a communal kitchen; the flat will be shared with a mixture of other students. Your accommodation will be available all year round – including through the holiday periods – for as long as you are still eligible for the scholarship.

For each year that you live in the free accommodation provided by the QMUL Unite Foundation Scholarship, you will need to sign the normal rental agreement for your room.

You will not be required to pay rent, a deposit or supply a guarantor. However you must abide by all the other terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement. In particular you are advised that persistent antisocial behaviour or criminal activity within the accommodation is likely to result in the withdrawal of your Scholarship and eviction from the property.


How to apply?

Please complete the application form to the right of this page, all information regarding how you go about this are detailed in the application.
You can complete the form, scan it and email to bursaries@qmul.ac.uk together with scanned copies of your supporting documents. Applications that are emailed will receive an acknowledgement from the bursaries team.

In person, please bring your completed application form together with your supporting documents to:

The Student Enquiry Centre, Ground Floor Queens’ Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End
E1 4NS

Alternatively, you may print out the form and complete it, then post it to us, together with your supporting documentation. Please send it to:

Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships Office, Room E01 Queens’ Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End
E1 4NS

If supporting documents are not supplied with your form, your application will not be considered until we receive all the necessary documentations.

The closing date for applications is on Friday 26th May 2017. Please note if you are handing in your application in person the Student Enquiry Centre is open until 4.30pm on Monday – Friday except bank holidays.


If you have any questions about the awards:

Visit: Student Enquiry Centre

Tel: 020 7882 5079

Email:  bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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