Applications to the Maynooth University 1916 Bursary Fund closed on 30 October 2020

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The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support the implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the numbers of students who are currently under-represented in higher education.  

The Bursary is offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2020 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study. 

 

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All Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) are awarding 1916 Bursaries as regional clusters. The Midlands East & North Dublin (MEND) cluster is made up of four HEI's - Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin City University (DCU), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), and Maynooth University (MU).  The MEND cluster has a total of 40 bursaries across the 4 HEI's available to award to students applying to these HEI's.  The process and timelines have been agreed by the MEND cluster, but each institution administers their own application and awarding process. 

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate course of study. 

The bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time students and six years for part-time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course. 

 

Who can apply? 

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?  
  • Students applying to Year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2020/21)
  • Students repeating Year 1 due to a significant ‘life event’ which prevented successful completion of that year in a participating HEI. 
  • Students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education.(i.e. Lone Parents, Irish Travellers, Person experiencing Homelessness, Person with a Disability, Member of an Ethnic Minority, in/were in Care of the State). Students must be experiencing socio-economic disadvantage regardless of the target group.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate that they would qualify for the highest level of SUSI grant, i.e. l. Applicants must be able to provide evidence that shows they are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Students who have lived for 3 of the previous 5 years in Ireland.
  • Students must be applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that: 
    (a) takes not less than two years to complete,
         - and -
    (b) on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • There is no restriction on programme of study. 
  • Applications from mature entry students and further education award holders are encouraged.
 
Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?  
  • Students who are not first time entrants to higher education who plan to start study in September/October 2020 
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level
  • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete, or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • Students whose reckonable income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2019
  • Postgraduate students
  • Students in years other than 1st year 
  • Students who have not lived for 3 of the past 5 years in Ireland

 

I want to apply

Complete the 1916 Bursary Online Application Form before 30 October 2020 at 4pm.

You can review the MU 1916 Bursary Fund Application Guide (PDF, 371 KB) for advice on completing the questions in the 1916 Bursary Application Form.
 

What do I need to do before I start my application form? 
  1. You must agree to the MEND Data Protection Policy for the 1916 Bursary in order to proceed with the application 
  2. Locate your 8 digit CAO number 
  3. Locate your email address 
  4. Provide your phone number
  5. Find your Eircode. If you do not know it click here (https://finder.eircode.ie/#/)
  6. Prepare the 3 sections of your personal statement. 
 

What should I discuss in my personal statement?  

Your personal statement contains 3 sections (educational hopes and aspirations, financial impact and personal circumstances). If there is any information that you feel should be taken into account when your application is considered, you should include it here. There are a maximum of 200 words per section. You should consider the following and type out these sections in advance to assist you to complete the form by copying them into the relevant answer boxes. There is no "save and return" feature in the 1916 Bursary Fund Application Form. 
 
1. Educational Hopes and Aspirations.  
Consider: 

  • How the Bursary will help you achieve your goals and ambitions? 
  • Why you have chosen your course of study? 
  • What barriers have you faced in achieving your goals and ambitions? 
2. Financial Impact. 
Consider: 
  • Have you/your family experienced severe financial hardship?  
  • How will you support yourself and manage financially while in college? 
  • How would you spend the Bursary money if your application is successful? 
3. Personal Circumstances. 
Consider: 
  • Your personal and/or family circumstances and the barriers that you have faced in continuing your education 
  • Your responsibility within your family
  • Do you care for siblings/and or parent(s)?
  • Do you have to work part-time to support your family financially? 
Please consider the personal statement sections very carefully and take the necessary time to write your responses. 

 

I would like to appeal my assesment outcome

There are two grounds for appeal: 
 
1. You believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that lead to you not being awarded the Bursary.  
 
2. You believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application” i.e. that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed and something important was not considered about your personal situation. 
No new information can be included or considered at appeal stage. 
 

What do I need to complete an appeal form? 

Before you complete an appeal, we suggest you speak to a member of staff in your HEI.  They can discuss your outcome and other supports available to you. 
  • Your 8 digit CAO number 
  • Identify the grounds for your appeal 

Apply for an Appeal.

 

Questions About the 1916 Bursary Fund

 

1.   What is MEND? 

MEND is the Midlands, East and North Dublin region, made up of four Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT); Dublin City University (DCU); Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT); and Maynooth University (MU). Each of the MEND HEI's are administering separate application forms and processes. You should complete an application with each of the MEND HEI's that you are considering attending. 

 

2.   What is AIRO? 

The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) undertakes academic and applied mapping research and produces spatial datasets and specialist tools to aid in their analysis. To find out more about AIRO click here: airo.maynoothuniversity.ie 

 

3.   Who can apply?  

Detailed criteria are provided above in I want to Apply.  In summary, students applying to year 1 of an (undergraduate) programme in this academic year (2020/21), full or part-time, with a household reckonable income less than €24,500 in 2019, who are in the identified target groups, who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and experiencing significant financial hardship, can apply. 

 
The Bursaries are targeted at students who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and who are from one or more of the following socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education:

  • First time, mature student entrants
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students who are deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment
  • Irish Travellers
  • Further education award holders
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents)
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)
  • People who are or were in the care of the state

4.   What does “Socio-Economically Disadvantaged” mean for the 1916 Bursary? 

This term usually means that you live in an area of urban or rural disadvantage where not many people from that area go on to third level education by tradition or for financial reasons. You may have attended a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school.  Your family income may mean that you may not be able to go to college without financial help.  You may be from a socio-economic group that is under-represented in higher education.  All of these factors, either individually or often combine, to mean that you have additional social and financial barriers to accessing higher education. 

 

5.   Who cannot apply? 

  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for 'entering' First Year students only. 
  • Postgraduate students. 
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level. 
  • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications. 
  • Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum reckonable income limit, currently €24,500 gross for the family in 2019.    

 

6. What is reckonable income?

Reckonable income is income excluding any income disregard. 

 

7.   How do I apply for a 1916 Bursary? 

Complete the 1916 Bursary Online Application Form before 30 October 2020 at 5.15pm. 

 

8.   How will my data be treated? 

Personal data that you submit using this application form will be used only for the purpose of processing your application for the 1916 Bursary. Your data will be treated in accordance with the MEND Data Protection Policy for the 1916 Bursary. You can find the Maynooth University's Data Protection Policy Documents and What are My Rights? on the Maynooth University Data Protection Website  For any queries relating to data protection, please contact dataprotection@mu.ie. An applicant can choose to withdraw their consent to the MEND Data Protection Policy by emailing 1916Bursary@mu.ie. Their application to the 1916 Bursary Fund will not be processed and they will receive an email confirming that their data has been erased from the secure storage location within 30 days. 

 

9.   Can I get both the 1916 Bursary and a SUSI student grant? 

Yes. If you are eligible and awarded SUSI and the 1916 Bursary Fund you can keep both. The 1916 Bursary Fund is not counted as income when assessing SUSI. 

 

10.   Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Grant? 

No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, Social Welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund or Fund for Students with Disabilities, but not any other grant.  

 

11.   Will the Bursary affect my SUSI application? 

The payment from the 1916 Bursary is not counted as income by SUSI.  

 

12.   Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment? 

The 1916 Bursary does not affect your means tested or other payments from Social Welfare. 

 

13.   Can I keep my Rent Allowance and Medical Card with the 1916 Bursary? 

The 1916 Bursary Fund will not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments. 

 

14.   Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund if I get the 1916 Bursary? 

Yes, you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Student Assistance Fund using their own processes, so it is up to them if you are granted any funding. 

 

15.   Can I apply for the Fund for Students with Disabilities if I get the 1916 Bursary? 

Yes you can apply. Each institution will assess applications for the Fund for Students with Disabilities using their own processes, so it is up to them if you are granted any funding. 

 

16.   How many Bursaries will be awarded? 

The MEND region HEIs, as outlined above, have up to forty individual Bursaries depending on the applications. There are strict criteria that must be applied. 

 

17.   What is expected of me if I am awarded a 1916 Bursary?  

  • You would be expected to keep within the rules and regulations of your institution. 
  • You would be expected to agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course. 
  • You would be expected to agree to the department managing the 1916 Bursary confirming that you have passed each year of your course. 
  • You would be expected to meet with a Student Advisor in your institution at least twice per year. 
  • You may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary. This is not compulsory. You will be required to sign a Student Contract if you are successful in your application. 

 

18.   I am a Postgraduate Student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary? 

No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering and first year Undergraduate Students. 

 

19.   I am a continuing student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary?  

No. The 1916 Bursary is only open to entering first year Undergraduate Students.  

 

20.   I am repeating a year. Can I apply?  

Applications from those due to repeat Year 1 of their undergraduate programme will only be considered in cases where evidence is supplied that a significant life event was the reason for poor performance in the last academic year. Examples of such life events include major ill health which was certified at the time, pregnancy, bereavement in the immediate family.  

 

21.   If I am refused, can I appeal? 

There are two grounds for appeal: 
  • You believe there was an “administrative error in assessment”, i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that lead to you not being awarded the Bursary.  
  • You believe “insufficient weight was given to an aspect of your application”, i.e. that all your circumstances were not taken into account when your application was being reviewed and something important was not considered about your personal situation. 
No new information will be considered in your appeal. 
 
To make an appeal, you may complete this Maynooth University 1916 Bursary Appeals Form

There will be a Review and Appeals Panel to ensure your application was assessed fairly and in line with the criteria. 

 

22.  I have been awarded the 1916 Bursary. Can I repeat a year? 

The 1916 Bursary cannot be paid for a repeat year unless the institution agrees that there were “exceptional circumstances” i.e. medical or personal reasons why you could not complete the year. You would be expected to provide written evidence of your illness or personal situation from a professional outside your family group. You would also be expected to work with the student supports within your institution during your difficulty and at a minimum have advised someone in your college that you have an issue ongoing. 

 

23.  I applied but was not successful in my application. Are there any other financial supports available? 

Yes.  Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship.  The biggest fund available is the Student Assistance Fund.  Further information on these supports are available here:  
DkIT: Application forms for the Student Assistant Fund (SAF) are available from Student Services reception. 
MU: Email: student.budget@mu.ie 
 
All students awarded the bursary will have to verify all claims made on application.