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Financial Assistance

Part-time Courses of Study Fund

The Courses of Study Fund is a limited budget which is open each academic year to all staff.  As with other budgets in recent years, this fund has been reduced with a corresponding impact on the number of staff we have been able to support and the duration of budget availability.  This year we have also received an unprecedented number of applications early in the academic year. Unfortunately, the STDU budget for the 2015/16 Courses of Study Fund has now been fully allocated and no further applications can be accepted. 

Application forms for courses taking place after 1 August in the 2016-17 academic year will be available from 1 July 2016.  However, staff cannot apply retrospectively for a course.


Short Course/Conference Fund

The Short Course/Conference Fund is a limited budget which is open each academic year to all staff.  As with other budgets in recent years, this fund has been reduced with a corresponding impact on the number of staff we have been able to support and the duration of budget availability.  This year we have also received an unprecedented number of applications early in the academic year. Unfortunately, the STDU budget for the 2015/16 Short Courses/Conferences has now been fully allocated and no further applications can be accepted. There may be a possibility that additional funding will become available later in the year if staff who have been allocated funding do not attend their course/conference; if another round of funding can be offered, this will be advertised in Staff Round-up.                                

Application forms for courses/conferences taking place after 1 August in the 2016-17 academic year will be available from 1 July 2016, however, staff cannot apply retrospectively for a course/conference.


Funding to attend HEaTED Training Courses (Technical Staff only)

All applications must be made in advance, discussed and signed off by the relevant Head of Area.


Contract Research Staff Training and Development Fund (Suspended)

The Staff Training and Development Unit established this fund to support school-based training opportunities for contract research staff.  Unfortunately, the fund is currently suspended due to a decrease in the funding made available by RCUK for research development activities.   For further information please see Contract Research Staff Training and Development Fund