Accessibility statement

Individual Student Learning Opportunity Fund

During the 2019-2020 academic year the University of York has been subject to industrial action by the Universities and Colleges Union. The University has committed to investing the money not spent on salaries (as a result of the strike action) on student-facing activity, decided in consultation with student representatives. The largest investment is in the Individual Student Learning Opportunity Fund. Departments will have mitigated learning opportunities which students missed during the strike action, but as a goodwill gesture, the University additionally wishes to make grants to those students who experienced the most impact from the industrial action who wish to pursue further learning opportunities.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student and lost 33 per cent or more of your contact events (lectures, seminars or labs) during the strike-affected periods in 2019/20:

  • If you lost between 33 and 65 per cent of your contact events, you may be awarded up to £150
  • If you lost 66 per cent or more of your contact events, you may be awarded up to £300

Applications will be considered against data we hold on teaching events that did not take place due to strike action. If the records suggest that the impact on an applicant was different to that claimed, we will contact the applicant and may contact their Department to clarify their situation further. If we are unable to verify that an applicant lost the claimed teaching events, the application may be refused.

What can I use the fund for?

The fund can be used to pay for most learning opportunities, including:

  • books
  • conferences
  • online courses
  • research/archive visits
  • short courses

Your chosen opportunity should have a clear benefit to your academic progress, career and/or skills development and must take place (or, in the case of a course, start) on or before 30 September 2021.

You can claim for a learning opportunity which has already happened, provided it took place on or after 1 October 2019 (details and evidence required).

The fund cannot be used to pay towards degree-awarding programmes.

How to apply

This fund is run on a first come, first served basis so it may be that all funds are disbursed before all applications have been submitted.

You'll need to complete a short online form providing a brief summary of the lost contact events, details of the learning opportunity you wish to pursue and a short statement as to why you have chosen this opportunity.

Read our application guidance for full details before starting your application. If awarded payment will be made directly to your nominated bank account.

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