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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Four 100% Tuition Fee Bursaries are available to study for Undergraduate Certificate courses at Cambridge ICE starting in autumn 2019

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) has formed a partnership with the Cambridge United Community Trust (the charitable arm of Cambridge United Football Club), to give better access for Club supporters and staff to the University’s part-time undergraduate level courses.

These bursaries are intended to enable Cambridge United Football Club supporters and staff, such as players, coaches and managers, to study at ICE on a part-time basis where finances would otherwise be a barrier to enrolment. There are four bursaries on offer in 2019. Three bursaries are available for football supporters (CUFC supporter bursary)and one bursary is for an ambassador (Ambassador bursary) who will be a member of staff or player of CUFC or CUCT. You will be asked if you are willing to give feedback on your experience as a student at ICE and explore press opportunities. The ‘ambassador’ will be invited to attend a small number of public events or media opportunities. The bursaries cover 100% of the tuition fees but do not cover travel expenses, living costs while studying, purchase of materials such as books and stationery.

What could you study?

This is an opportunity to be taught by leading Cambridge lecturers and gain a University of Cambridge qualification. You do not need to have any previous qualifications. There are four bursaries available for CUFC supporters and staff. The bursaries cover full tuition fees for a choice of seventeen different part-time Undergraduate Certificate courses. You do not have to make a final course choice until you know if you have been awarded a bursary. These bursaries are available for prospective students who want to study at undergraduate level for the first time. Each course is delivered on a part-time basis at Madingley Hall, the home of ICE, four miles outside of Cambridge. (Parking available on site.) No formal prior qualifications are required. If you are returning to study you will enjoy learning from leading Cambridge lecturers while supported by our friendly community of learners. Our courses are designed so that students are able to continue to work or maintain family or other commitments while studying. Details of Undergraduate Certificate courses on offer in 2019 are available on the ICE website. If you would like to ask questions about any of the courses, please contact

Are you eligible for an ICE-CUCT Tuition Fee Bursary?

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You have a strong connection to the Cambridge United Football Club, either as a supporter or staff member (including CUCT).
  • You do not already hold a Higher Education qualification  
  • Your household income will be below £25,000 or you receive State Benefits (such as Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support)
  • Teaching and assessment for ICE courses is in English. If your first language is not English, please refer here for further guidance.
  • Students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will require an appropriate visa to attend a course at the Institute of Continuing Education. For further information about visas please refer to our website.

How to apply

Invitations are now invited for these bursaries. There are two stages to applying for a bursary to study at ICE in autumn 2019. You first apply for a bursary. If successful you will then make an application for your selected course.

The bursary application deadline is 12th April, 2019. If you are selected to receive a bursary under this scheme you will be notified by the middle of May 2019. You will then need to formally apply for your course (from the list shown on the ICE website as qualifying for these bursaries) within two weeks of receiving notification of your bursary award. If you don’t follow through with a course application your bursary will be offered to another applicant.

To be considered for a bursary, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria set out above, and complete and submit a simple online application form. You will be asked to provide a short personal statement (guidance provided) and fill out the application form.

What happens next

The closing date for these bursary applications is 12 April, 2019. Once you have submitted your bursary application it will be considered by the Bursary Award Panel. You will be informed of the outcome by the middle of May, 2019.

If successful you will then need to complete and submit a course application form within two weeks to ensure that the Tuition Fee Bursary Award is reserved for you and to avoid the possibility of popular courses being full.

If you do not fully complete and submit your course application form within that time period the Bursary may be offered to another applicant.

Once offered a place on a course you must complete your enrollment by formally accepting the place offered to you within two weeks of receiving that offer. If you do not do so, both your place on the course and your bursary may be offered to another applicant.

Cambridge United Community Trust

In a city that has been named for two years as the most unequal city in the UK it is important to establish collaborations across institutions that can tackle inequality and this partnership between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge United is part of that process'.

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust

We are delighted to work with the Cambridge United Community Trust to engage adults who could benefit from the opportunity to study for a qualification at the University of Cambridge through a new collaborative funding programme called United in Learning'.

James Gazzard, Director of Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)