National Express Unpaid Healthcare Placement Bursaries

National-ExpressFollowing a winning bid to the National Express Foundation (NEFB) Aston University was awarded £10,000 to provide twenty £500 student bursaries during the academic year 2018/19.

The Bursaries were to provide additional funding for living expenses to students from low income families who are undertaking year-long unpaid placements while studying undergraduate healthcare-related courses such as (but not limited to) Psychology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences within the School of Life and Health Sciences. The awards given to these students were to be used to supplement living costs while on placement, possibly working and living away from Aston University and Birmingham.

It was hoped that the bursary would have a positive impact on the recipient’s placement experience by providing some financial assistance and removing some financial concerns.


To be considered eligible for this National Express Foundation Bursary applicants had to be:

  • Studying an undergraduate course with the School of Life and Health Sciences
  • On an unpaid placement during the placement year (i.e. in the third year of a four year course).
  • Have a family income below £18,000 per year
  • Have a home address in the former West Midlands county area and the Medway, Gravesend and Longfield areas of Kent (postcodes ME1-12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 and DA13). Applications from students whose home address is outside these areas may still be considered on a case by case basis if all other eligibility criteria are met.

Students on courses with yearly integrated placements were not eligible to apply (i.e. BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) and MPharm Pharmacy).


The window for applications ran from early September to early November 2018. Successful applicants have been informed.