Financial Support

If you find yourself with money troubles, then you may be entitled to some support through the Student Hardship Fund. For more information, visit Guild Advice,  who can offer guidance on your eligibility. They are trained to help with debt and finance issues – and all their advice is free, impartial and confidential!

If you live in student accommodation and are having trouble budgeting or are worried about money, then come and have a chat with a Student Mentor. We can help you put together a budget plan, to get you back in control of your money. 

Guild Advice also have a series of Advice Direct guides  on budgeting, debt, funding and support all available online! Please follow the underlined links below:


Studying full-time or part-time can have a major impact on your entitlement to Benefits.

Students who are in full-time Higher Education are generally not entitled to income-related benefits. This is because your income from student support (e.g. Student Loan) is likely to be too high to receive benefits.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit for those of working age which is replacing 6 existing benefits with a simpler, single monthly payment if you’re out of work or on a low income. The aim of Universal Credit is to help you to be better off in work, start a new job or work more hours. It combines the various means tested benefits available currently with one combined benefit.

Postgraduate Loans and Scholarships

Unlike Undergraduate study, there is no mandatory financial support through the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for postgraduate study. The two exemptions are students undertaking a course of Initial Teacher Training and students eligible for Disabled Students Allowance(DSA) studying on recognised research and taught courses. Further information about applying to public bodies can be found in our advice direct above.

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To ensure that you get what you need from us, when you need it, we have created a set of promises which we will always aim to deliver.

Meet your officer team

Every year, you elect fellow students to your Officer Team, who represent you and lead your union. Each Officer has their own roles and remit which you can view below. You have a chance to make sure your elected Officers are doing what they said they will, by attending Officer Question Time held each term.

 Ellie Keiller - Guild President 2016-17
Natalie Cox - Activities & Development Officer 2016-17
Chris Wilkinson - Education Officer 2016-17
Izzie Nicholds - Housing & Community Officer 2016-17
Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Officer 2016-17
Brandon Hattiloney - Representation & Resources Officer 2016-17
Georgie Freeman - Sports Officer 2016-17
Ross Strong - Welfare Officer 2016-17

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