The Fair Access Fund 

BIMM Institute is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all applicants, and all students, and we actively seek to recruit a diverse student body that is reflective of the wider community.

We believe that a diverse student body provides for a creative and dynamic community and this is in line with the ethos and mission of the BIMM Institute.

We aim to actively support access to our courses from groups of applicants who are underrepresented in Higher Education or face financial challenges and hardship.  Some of those applicants may require more support than ever given the challenges presented by the global pandemic of Covid-19.

We want a level playing field and equality of opportunity and so we have set up The Fair Access Fund to ensure students are supported during their studies.

“Coming to BIMM as a mature student with no external financial support, The Fair Access Fund at BIMM has been essential in aiding my studies. Not only did it allow me money to buy new instruments and software to aid my studies; but it also helped me to live within my means whilst studying. The fund helped me with paying bills such as rent and electricity whilst also allowing me to get better quality food and more variety of food whilst shopping throughout my studies. The Fair Access Fund is a great asset for BIMM students who need it and I couldn’t recommend or appraise it more!”
Harry Woods, BA (Hons) Music and Sound Production, BIMM Manchester

What does The Fair Access Fund aim to do?

Every student has different needs, and The Fair Access Fund aims to support successful applicants in the following areas:

  • Financial support:  This includes our low-income household bursary, care leaver or care experienced student bursary, and the Disability Support fund.  This includes financial support for maintenance costs including rent.
  • Course material support: Instruments, hardware, and reading materials to support engagement with a Degree course.
  • Engagement support:  Specific support needs including counselling, additional learning support, or help to access Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

BIMM Institute will provide you with a contact who will help develop bespoke support for you. The amount and kind of support that you are awarded will depend on your circumstances. Being part of this scheme does not differentiate you from other successful applicants, and receipt of support will be confidential.

How does an applicant qualify?

Access to this fund will be prioritised the following way:

  • You must have applied to study at BIMM Institute in September 2021
  • You must be a UK resident
  • Applicants with low household income (see below to see if you are eligible)
  • Applicants from low participation in Higher Education areas (we will identify this in your application process)
  • Applicants who are care leavers or care experienced
  • Applicants who are disabled
  • Applicants that are from a Black, Asian, or minority ethnic background

How is a low-income household defined?

Low household income will be assessed in the following way:

If you are part of a household income below £25,000 you will be eligible. Eligibility for this scheme will be determined once you have enrolled. You will be required to attend a consultation with an Access and Participation Coordinator or another relevant member of staff who will assess your requirements and the level of support needed.

To be eligible for the scheme, you must:

  • Be a UK resident
  • Qualify for home fee status
  • Qualify to receive a maintenance loan through the Student Loans Company
  • Enrol in an undergraduate full-time course at a BIMM Institute from the academic year 2021/22 onwards
  • Be enrolling onto the first year of a BIMM degree

What is my household income?

Your household income is based on your own income, plus your parents’ income if you are under 25, your partners’ income if you are married/ in a civil partnership or your own income if you’re over 25.

Your household income must be validated by one of the following:

  • Student Finance England
  • Student Finance Wales
  • Students Awards Agency for Scotland
  • Student Finance NI

We will need to see your Student Finance ‘Notification of Entitlement’ letter in your application form.

"The Fair Access Fund has been a huge support and is the reason I am able to progress in the industry"
BA (Hons) Music Business student, BIMM Brighton

Register your interest

Please complete our short web form to register your interest in the Fair Access Fund and a member of the team will be in touch shortly to start a conversation about your needs.

Please note that the deadline for 2021/22 Fair Access Fund registration has now passed.

For any questions regarding student finance, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].


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