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Finance and Expenses

Core Funding and Expenses


A general guide to finance and expenses can be found here:  Undergraduate and  Postgraduate


College Bursaries (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Applications for a College Bursary are still being accepted with a closing date of 09 June 2023.  Please find a link to the application form below.

College Bursaries will be considered by the Awarding Committee at  the end of the Lent Term. Bursary awards range from £350 (half award) to £1400 (double award). Applications are welcome from both Postgraduates and Undergraduates (applications for free Easter accommodation for Undergraduates may also be made on this form, but financial need will need to be demonstrated).  The deadline for applications is 24 February 2023.  Awards are usually agreed by  mid March and will be appear as a credit on the Easter Term College Bill. An application form is available here. The form should be downloaded and after completion should be sent electronically to your tutor, or if preferred, the Financial Tutor and copied to the Senior Tutor’s Assistant.

Academic Expenses Fund

Up to £250 per financial year (1st July-30th June) is available to each Postgraduate to cover expenses such as conference fees, academic related travel, thesis printing and binding costs etc. This fund cannot be used to cover expenditure on books or other equipment. Veterinary Medics & Medics in their 4/5&6th years may also apply. Application forms are available from the Postgraduate Administrator, Francesca Amabile.  You should apply to the fund, in advance, in the year in which the expenditure will be incurred and provide any receipts in support of your application.

Hugh Paton - J P Morgan Bursaries (Undergraduates)

Hugh Paton was the first Law Fellow of the College before going on to work at J P Morgan, which created this fund in his memory. The fund is available to assist female undergraduates in their second year in any subject other than Architecture, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. Awards are made on the basis of financial need and contribution to the life of the college, combined with serious attention to academic studies. A number of awards to the value of £1000 each are available each year.

Invitations to apply are issued at the end of the Michaelmas Term and applications should be sent to the Senior Tutor's Assistant, Keisha Sharp.  Awards are made at the discretion of the Warden, the Senior Tutor and the Financial Tutor.

Payment Arrangements

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Payment of College Bills

Bills for accommodation, tuition fees and other charges are issued halfway through each term (in the case of overseas and postgraduate students, at the beginning of the academic year) and must be paid within 10 days. Interest will be charged on overdue accounts unless your Tutor recommends otherwise to the Financial Tutor. A final bill will be issued shortly before graduation and the College will not present you for a degree unless your account has been settled in full.

Sources of Additional Funding

Book and Equipment Loan Fund (Undergraduates and Clinical Medicine/Veterinary Medicine Students)

The College may purchase expensive books or equipment of which you need the exclusive and continuous use. These will normally be items that may be of value to other students once you are finished with them. The maximum sum you may claim in each academic year is £75, although this limit may be waived at the discretion of the Financial Tutor to cover the cost of a single item of durable equipment. The fund is intended to help with expensive books/equipment, thus only costs of more than £35/book will be considered.

Applications should be made on this form and counter-signed by your Director of Studies before sending (with receipts) to the Financial Tutor.


Vacation Accommodation Awards (Undergraduates)

Where there is demonstrable financial hardship, the College may waive or reduce charges for residence during the Easter vacation by finalists who wish to work on dissertations and during the Long Vacation by other students working on research projects in departments.

Applications for the Easter vacation should be made as an application for a College Bursary (see above). Applications for the Long Vacation should be made by email to the Financial Tutor and must be supported by your Director of Studies. You should specify the nature of the research, the period for which you require accommodation and the salary (if any) payable by the department. Application for the room itself should be made on your Going Down form.


Language Courses (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)

The College will normally reimburse 50% of the cost of a CULP language course upon production of the receipt and the certificate of completion of the course. Apply to the Senior Tutor’s Assistant, Mrs Keisha Sharp, in the Tutorial Office.


Student Activities Fund (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)

Funds are available to support activities out of the ordinary. These include, for example, representing the University in sport, music or other competitions, vacation work placements that are not a compulsory part of your course.  Cost of attendance at conferences and other special academic expenses in connection with a dissertation would also be considered (Undergraduates only – Post Graduates should apply to the Academic Expenses Fund – See above).

For representative sport participation, University badged clothing costs may be claimed. Match fees, travel costs and some paid for training sessions will probably be eligible. The College usually pays up to 60% of qualifying costs within a maximum grant of £150 and payment is made by reimbursement against receipts. Neither membership nor subscriptions are eligible (The RCSA will often reimburse subscriptions up to £25 per year).

Awards are made at the discretion of the Financial Tutor and the Senior Tutor. Applications should be made by email to the Financial Tutor, including your case for funding and an outline of the total expenses, with receipt, and funding from other sources (if any), not later than 30 June in each academical year.


The Fred Boyne Sporting Achievement Fund (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)

This fund was created by past and present members of the College in honour of the first Head Porter, Fred Boyne, to reward outstanding achievement in sports. Fred Boyne was the College’s first Head Porter and he was passionate about sport and a great champion of student sport in Robinson College.

The Bursary Fund can support a number of awards each year totalling about £800.  Applications from Undergraduates and Postgraduates are welcome and should be presented as a formal application in Word format of between 300 and 1000 words by a date advertised in the Easter Term by the Senior Tutor.

The Awarding Committee are looking to recognise students who have enthusiasm and dedication, as well as being able to show achievement in one or more sports - normally this will be at University level.  Claims for routine expenditure can usually be considered by the Student Activity Fund, but receipt of money from the SAF does not preclude someone from applying for the Fred Boyne Bursary, but the formal application should mention if the SAF have helped with expenditure.


The Friends of the College Fund (Undergraduates and Postgraduates)

This fund will consider applications from current students or recent graduates for any appropriate purpose. Awards usually fall within the range from £200 to £1,000.

Invitations to apply are issued at the beginning of the Easter Term and applications should be sent to the Senior Tutor's Assistant, Keisha Sharp.  Awards are made at the discretion of the Warden and the Senior Tutor.


The Alana Cutland Fund (Undergraduates)

This fund has been established in the memory of Alana Cutland, a student of Natural Sciences in this College.

The number and value of the grants shall be determined annually by the Awarders, to a maximum of £1000 per person.

The grants are open to any resident female undergraduate member of Robinson College who is currently following a STEMM Tripos and seeking to undertake a research project over the long vacation. These research grants are to help with expenses related directly to the academic research project to be undertaken over the long vacation.  In years when there are no such applications, applications can then be invited from female undergraduate students in arts and humanities subjects for the same purpose. 

Applications from female Undergraduates should be presented as a formal application in Word format of between 300 and 1000 words by a date advertised in the Easter Term by the Senior Tutor’s Assistant, Keisha Sharp.  Awards are made by the Senior Tutor, Financial Tutor and Director of Studies in a relevant STEMM subject.


Page updated 06th January 2023, subject to amendment