Each year corporate and individual awards are made from Trust funds to advance higher education. Decisions on awards are made by the College of All Saints Foundation as Trustee, acting through its Awards Committee ('the Committee') or, exceptionally, by delegation to a smaller panel.
Since funds are limited, the Foundation approves criteria for awards, which may be altered at its discretion from time to time. Broadly speaking, their goal is to raise the number and standard of qualified Religious Education and Home Economics teachers in schools and to support the development of education in these fields, whether at home or overseas.
The current criteria are summarised below. These will help applicants understand how applications are evaluated, and what kinds of application are more likely to succeed.
References here to Religious Education include Religious Studies and inter-faith studies. References to Home Economics include nutrition education and food technology.
Applicants must be over the age of 18 at the commencement date of their proposed course. There is no upper limit.
Scholarships are awarded to enable applicants to follow a course of study provided or accredited by a United Kingdom higher education institution within the meaning of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, for a degree or other award conferred by such an institution. Scholarships are not currently awarded for further education (up to the standard of GCE Advanced Level, Scottish Highers, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent).
Overseas applicants (whom the Foundation defines as those who would be liable to pay overseas student fees at United Kingdom universities) must already possess a first degree or equivalent qualification, acquired at least two years before commencement of the postgraduate course which the scholarship is intended to fund. They must also be able to produce a written offer of admission from the institution where they propose to study. This offer may be conditional on funding or on satisfying immigration requirements, but any other conditions (for example as to academic or language prerequisites) must be satisfied before application is made to the Trust.
Scholarships are available for up to three years. The continuation of scholarships granted for more than a year is conditional on such evidence of satisfactory progress as the Committee may require. Individual applications in respect of courses lasting less than a year are not normally considered.
Applications may be made for contributions towards tuition fees, related expenses and maintenance costs. Scholarships are not granted to cover the school fees of an applicant's children.
Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who already have sufficient funds to sustain them whilst studying; nor as an alternative to taking out a student loan or government grant available to the applicant.
The Committee must be satisfied that the course to be funded by the scholarship will support Religious Education or Home Economics teaching in schools, or the development of education, by serving one or more of the following purposes:
The following are (non-exhaustive) examples of purposes for which individual scholarships are not available
Undergraduate courses in subjects other than education, even if the applicant proposes subsequently to acquire a teaching qualification in that subject; Courses in social work, special needs, youth work, or welfare; Courses in hospitality or catering (unless specifically focussed on nutrition); Initial training for church ministry, or courses designed to equip the applicant to deliver such training; Conference fees or associated costs. 8. Community impact When deciding between otherwise eligible applications, regard will be had to the contribution to society likely to be made by the applicant with the Trust's support.