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Bolton Aspire FAQs

Bolton Aspire FAQs

Buying products from the Bolton Aspire website

JS Group is the supplier of the products and all problems should be referred to them. Your statutory rights as a consumer lie with JS Group. You should contact ku/oc/eripsanotlob//ofni/tneduts

For a full breakdown of delivery charges and to find out about delivery times, please visit:

JS Group is the partner that the University has appointed to run this award scheme and questions should be directed to them. Please email: ku/oc/eripsanotlob//ofni/tneduts

The University would expect all recipients to provide feedback to us to help with the evaluation and improvement of the scheme going forward.

UniAsItShouldBe Award FAQs

The award will be credited to your UniAsItShouldBe account. In September 2023 you will access your funding via

Login with your email address and associated password (the same you use to login to Moodle).

You will receive an email from on the day you are awarded.

Not if it has been spent. Also there is no requirement to spend all the funds in your first year, unspent funds could be rolled into subsequent years to help with costs later in your period of study. Only in exceptional circumstances would the award be rescinded or your account with JS Group be frozen or closed, e.g. when students leave the University or if there is any misconduct in relation to their accounts. If the funds have been spent there would be no requirement to repay spent funds.


If you were eligible to receive this award in 2019/20, 2020/21 or 2021/22 you will continue to receive the award for the normal duration of your course. However, you will not be required to complete the triggers, as previously advertised.

No. The current requirement for eligibility is that the whole of the course must be delivered at the University of Bolton campus (or at the location of any associated placements if applicable).

No. This award is for continuing full-time UK/EU/International students at the University of Bolton who continue an undergraduate/foundation degree from September 2022 onwards, having previously received the UniAsItShouldBe award in either the 19/20, 20/21, 21/22 Academic Year.

No. The award is limited to full time students only at this time.

Yes subject to you remaining on the same course of study that you commenced in 2019/20 or 2020/21 or 2021/22 and remaining a full-time student, up to £150 will be credited to your account in either January, May or October depending on your start date.

Changes in my circumstances

If you transfer course your new course must meet the eligibility criteria for you to continue receiving the award. If the transfer extends the time you will spend studying at the University the award will be capped based on the original course duration less anything you have received to date.

In the event of a formal interruption to your studies which is agreed with the University, your account would be frozen which means you would not be able to buy anything with any unspent credit until such time as you re-registered and resumed your studies and your account was re-activated. You will not receive any additional credit where your interruption extends the length of your studies.

Your account would be frozen which means you would not be able to buy anything with any unspent credit until such time as your suspension was lifted and your account was re-activated. Re-activation of your account would, however, be dependent on the award scheme still running at the point your suspension was lifted. You will not receive any additional credit where your suspension extends the length of your studies.

The award will continue to be paid during the period of time you are repeating your studies however the maximum value of the award will not increase to reflect any additional period of time you are studying for i.e. if you qualify for the award and are studying on a three year course the maximum you will be entitled to is £450. If you start on a three year course but it takes you four years to complete you will receive a maximum of £450 over the first three years of study.

Spending your UniAsItShouldBe Award

From September 2023, the cashless bursary will come in the form of credit which will be directly added to your individual Bolton Aspire account and can be used to purchase items online at
JS Group, the partner appointed by the University, runs this website. Your UniAsItShouldBe card can also be used in the Student's Union shop on campus.

Yes, key books on your reading lists should be available to be purchased through the Bolton Aspire website - in addition to a range of other resources designed to help with your studies. The scheme is designed to complement any mandatory resources provided to you under the 'no hidden extras' scheme which would not need to be purchased using these funds. You can also search your course on the Bolton Aspire website, the key readings that are available to purchase under the scheme will be listed.

No, these funds are designed to support you during your studies. You can carry credit over to later in the year or to subsequent years to provide help in the later stages of your programme although it cannot be carried beyond the time you leave the University.

No, this is an award designed to support you in your studies.

No, your account will be closed so you should spend any unspent credit before you leave the University at the end of your degree.

You can use your credit towards the cost and top up the difference with your own credit/debit card or PayPal.

It would be rolled over for you to spend in the next academic year provided you enrol for the next academic year, and the award scheme is still running. Please note this will not be the case in your final year, please ensure you have spent all funds by the end of your final year as unspent funds will be lost.

Your course leader will advise you regarding books and/or materials they would recommend as being desirable to assist you with your studies. You can also find the reading lists for your modules on the Library's Reading Lists Online system: Reading Lists Online will show you the availability of your reading via the Library (both in print and online). However, the Bolton Aspire website will list the key recommended readings if you wish to purchase your own personal copies.

Your account will be closed on the official end date of the final academic year of your course, not at Graduation, this is because some courses finish some time before the Graduation ceremonies take place. Please ensure all UniAsItShouldBe funds have been spent by this date, as any unspent funds will be inaccessible and therefore be lost after this date.

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