Academic & Student Affairs

Students in Financial Difficulties

The funds listed below are dealt with by the Student Support Committee, which is chaired by a senior member of academic staff.   For details of the application process, for these and other support funds, please go to the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.   Advice for students on financial hardship and further details about the application process can be obtained from the Student Financial Advisor in the Students' Union.

The Clifford Arbuthnot (C.A.) Benefaction (F806)

This benefaction is derived from funds which were first donated anonymously in 1961 during the donor's lifetime and augmented by a bequest from the donor in 1974.  The fund may be used to assist, by direct money grants or otherwise, enrolled students, graduate or undergraduate, who are in straitened circumstances.

The funds may also be used to provide amenities for the student body generally or any club or society of students, or to defray any expenses incurred in furthering the interests of the University which the Vice-Chancellor may consider desirable.  These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

Isabella Henderson Duncan Memorial Loan Fund (F821)

This funds, bequeathed in 1967, may provide a small loan to a student from Co. Tyrone who is in financial difficulties provided that one of the following conditions is fulfilled:

(i) the student is a graduate enrolled in the Faculty of Theology for either full-time or part-time study, or

(ii) the student is an undergraduate in the Faculty of Medicine, who has passed the second medical examination.

These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

The St John Ervine Bequest (F831)

Mrs Ervine, the wife of the distinguished playwright, St John Ervine, left a legacy which came to the University in 1972 to be known as the 'St John Ervine Bequest'.

The income of the fund is to be used as follows:-

To assist any student of the University, who was born or one of whose parents was born within the boundaries of one of the nine counties of the historic province of Ulster (Donegal, Londonderry, Antrim, Down, Armagh, Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone) either by direct grant or by defraying, in whole or in part, the necessary expenses of his or her education at the University, or of the extension or completion of his or her education at any other university or hospital in Great Britain or abroad.

These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

The Harold Gray Fund (F811)

This fund was established in 1981 under a bequest in the will of Mrs Dorothy Kathleen Gray to provide grants by way of gift or loan to undergraduate and postgraduate students who after entering the University find it difficult or impossible for financial reasons to continue their studies.  Preference will be given to students in the Faculty of Medicine. These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

Hamilton (Students' Aid) Fund (F841)

This fund was established in 1922 by Thomas Hamilton, the first President and Vice-Chancellor of The Queen's University, for the benefit of undergraduates who, after beginning their studies in the University, find themselves in financial difficulties for reasons beyond their control.

These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

Emily Sarah Montgomery Fund (F851)

This fund was instituted under a bequest of Emily Sarah Montgomery in 1961.  The fund provides grants by way of gift or loan to students who, having entered the University, find it difficult or impossible for financial reasons to continue their studies.Preference will be given to undergraduates to enable them to complete their course of study.  As the fund is restricted in its annual income the grants will normally be for limited amounts, and application for assistance for periods extending beyond the end of the academic year in which they are made will not normally be considered.

These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

The Queen’s Women Graduates’ Association Scholarship

(See Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards)

Anthony Patrick (Tony) Neill Scholarship

Tony Neill (1931-2007) won a Scholarship to Queen’s University from where he graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Education.  He was a senior lecturer in Postgraduate Educational Psychology, Liverpool University until his retirement in 1988.  He continued his lifelong interest in learning, embarking on an Open University Degree in Mathematics.

In his will he bequeathed £50,000 to Queen’s University of Belfast to establish a scholarship to be awarded annually for such person or persons who are in need of financial assistance to undertake, pursue or continue to pursue their studies at the University.

These funds are administered through the Student Support Fund Committee details of which can be found on the Student Support section of the Student Guidance Centre website.

 This scholarship will be available from 2010.

February 2009

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

The Elish & Margaret Fund 

This fund was established in March 2012 by two Queen’s alumni in memory of their mothers Elish and Margaret.  The fund is for the benefit of medical students who require financial assistance and will be named ‘The Elish & Margaret Fund’. 

(i)    All medical students whether enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis will be eligible to apply provided that their usual sources of funding (e.g. student loan) have already been taken to the maximum to which they are entitled.

(ii)    Applications should be made on forms available from the Centre for Medical Education, Whitla Medical Building.  Students are assured that all applications and information provided will be treated as strictly private and confidential.

(iii)    Awards will be made by a Committee to include: the Director of Medical Education and the Head of Student Support and Guidance.  The Committee will consult the University’s Student Financial Advisor.  The Committee will meet as required and will be responsible for determining  the amount and duration of the awards.  The maximum available for any student in any academic year will be equivalent to the maximum student loan.

(iv)    ‘The Elish & Margaret Fund’ will be advertised on the School Website.  For this purpose the following wording will be used: This fund was established in February 2012.  The fund is for the benefit of medical students who require financial assistance during the course of their study. £2k per year is available from 2012 - 2016

(v)    Each application will be considered on its merits – but examples of hardship that may be considered include:

•    Excessive house costs or related hardship.

•    Excessive/unexpected travel costs which give rise to financial hardship.

•    Students who are penalised when parental income changes suddenly and ELB cannot or will not reassess the level of grant/fee contribution accordingly.

•    Students with special needs or medical problems that necessitate additional costs that are not covered by the Disabled Students Allowance.

•    Student whose lodgings have been burgled and have lost personal items such as books, clothes etc. Police verification of the loss must be provided. No contribution will be made towards the cost of TV’s, DVD players etc.

•    Students with financial responsibilities towards their own child/children in the custody of another person.

•    Students incurring maternity costs.

•    Mature students, whose return to full-time study has resulted in financial hardship.

•    Part-time students on low income who are not eligible for a loan. However, students repeating a year for academic reasons will not be eligible.

May 2012