Help and advice
Money, advice and support
We have a range of bursaries and hardship funds in place to help you if your financial situation is affecting your ability to study. They don’t need to be paid back and can help with the cost of things such as IT equipment, accommodation, travel, childcare, living costs, additional course costs and other unexpected outgoings.
When you apply to the fund we’ll make an individual assessment based on your circumstances and a review of your supporting documentation. If successful, we’ll award you funds that contribute to the level of support you need.
The SU's Gender Expression Fund
The Gender Expression Fund can provide up to £50 for students on our Cornwall campuses who identify as trans, non-binary, intersex or otherwise gender diverse. It can be used to buy gender affirming products such as clothing, binders, packers and beauty products, or towards travel to medical or counselling/therapy appointments.
For part-time jobs available to help you gain experience and earn money whilst studying, check out Career Zone. Their online Part Time Jobs Pack includes resources and ideas to help you get paid to work while you study, both on the Penryn Campus and the surrounding area, plus information on how they can support you with your job applications.
Visit Career Zone, (Floor 0, Exchange building at Penryn Campus) and follow them on Instagram @uoecornwallcareerzone for the latest updates.
They also have details of paid internships open to our students and recent graduates.
Find more job opportunities on Handshake
And read Career Zone's blog to make sure you know your rights in the workplace.
Managing your money - podcast
You can also get budgeting help and advice from The SU Advice Service.
Debt advice - Step Change
We’re working with the UK’s leading debt advice charity, Step Change, to provide you with free, impartial and personalised support with your money and debt worries. If you’re worried about debt, it can be tempting to ignore the problem and hope it’ll go away on its own. But waiting often makes things worse – so it’s best to get help sooner.
You can get help
- Online: use the online debt help tool to get advice now.
- By phone: call 0800 138 1111. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, and Saturdays 8am to 4pm. Please use their budget form before calling.
Worries about money can be extremely stressful and affect your wellbeing and mental health. According to Student Space managing your emotions around finance can be an important step in taking control of your money. Find out more here.
If your finances are affecting your mental wellbeing our wellbeing services can offer support and guidance.
You can also get free, independent and confidential advice and support on a variety of issues from your Students' Union Advice team.
Beware of scams, cons and fraud
Unfortunately, some criminals try to get money from students, particularly our international students. Some of these scams will seem very convincing and persuasive and it can be frightening. If you’re contacted by someone and it seems unusual, unexpected or just odd, please end the call/communication. If the person who contacted you is genuine they won’t mind you checking and then getting back to them.
• Don’t give your bank account details to anyone unless you know and trust them.
• Be very cautious of unsolicited offers of easy money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Be wary of ads that are written in poor English, with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
If you believe you have been involved in a scam, immediately inform the Police by calling 101. You should also report the incident to Action Fraud and to your bank if money is involved.
New to paying tax? Beware of tax scams.
If you’re working alongside your studies, be aware of tax scams to protect yourself and your money. Criminals posing as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) may contact you offering a tax refund or to tell you your National Insurance number has been used in a fraud. Make sure you’re on your guard. Find out more about tax scams and how to report them, on the HMRC website.