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Streamline the entire financial support process; digitise it with our Funds Management System.

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The financial support process just got easier…

Say goodbye to paper forms, Excel spreadsheets, multiple evidence formats and email threads.

Everything in one place

Manage the entire financial support process for multiple funds in one place – our secure, GDPR compliant, cloud-based platform. While ensuring students have access to the financial support and learning they need.

Smart application forms

Students are guided to submit their application quickly and provide all evidence the first time around, using a digital application form that’s customisable to each fund.

Automated actions

Time is saved and pressure eased for staff – thanks to powerful tools for collaboration and workload management, as well as the ability to automate actions including further evidence requests and email nudges.

Less back and forth

Applicants can check the status of their application using our in-built tracker. Greater visibility for applicants means reduced back and forth communication and more time saved for staff.

Accessible and inclusive

Our tools are accessible and inclusive for everyone, making the process easier for students with special requirements and ensuring that no-one is isolated from applying for financial support.

Instant Payments

Deliver secure payments to students in seconds using Instant Payments – saving time, reducing staff workload and easing applicant stress, without compromising on security or privacy.

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A streamlined experience for applicants and staff

For applicants

Easy access

Able to discover funds, check eligibility and apply online; all from a single ‘Funding Hub’. Accessibility features mean no student is isolated from applying.

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Guided through the process

Supported by a dynamic application form (customisable to each fund) – fewer than 1 in 4 applications require further evidence.

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Greater visibility

Able to check application status with our in-built tracker – no need to contact staff for updates.

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Financial wellbeing resources

80+ financial learning pathways to grow knowledge and skills, with assignments that can be set as part of the application process.

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Instant payments

Receive funds immediately in replacement of a lengthy payments process.

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For staff

Centralised process

Manage the entire application process for every fund, loan and scholarship in one place, accessible from anywhere.

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Added capacity

Free up time by automating actions, including further evidence requests and email nudges.

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Powerful tools

Impactful tools for collaboration and workload management, case tracking and evidence handling. 

Plus, the ability to deliver secure payments in seconds – saving time, reducing staff workload and easing applicant stress.

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Remote management

Deliver frictionless support for applicants, from wherever you are to wherever they are.

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Top-level security

No need to worry about data security, privacy or GDPR compliance. It’s all built in.

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Impactful for everyone

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£2m+

of funds awarded by our partners to students since October 2020, using the Funds Management System

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< 25%

of applications require additional evidence

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48h

average application processing time, reduced from 2-4 weeks

“A lot of the time when I fill out a form, I find it really difficult, especially being dyslexic. But the Blackbullion application form is easy to read and really straightforward. I prefer it to my university’s previous process.”

Funding applicant Goldsmiths, University of London

“The application process was pretty straight forward for me and I didn’t need any help while I was applying. I just followed the instructions.”

Funding applicant University of Suffolk
University of Suffolk

Streamlining funding applications with the Blackbullion Funding Tool

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University Centre South Essex

Improving accessibility of financial support

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UWE Bristol

Applying an institution-wide approach to financial education

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York St John University

Impact of Hardship Fund Integration with Blackbullion

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University of Suffolk logo

Streamlining funding applications with the Blackbullion Funding Tool

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UCSE Logo

Improving accessibility of financial support

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UWE Bristol logo

Applying an institution-wide approach to financial education

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York St John University logo

Impact of Hardship Fund Integration with Blackbullion

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7 steps to streamline your funding application process

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Fund set-up

University sets fund(s) up in our funds management system

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Eligibility

Applicant discovers eligible funds via the Funding Hub

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Application process

Applicant is guided through the online application process and uploads evidence

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Review

Staff member receives the application for review

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Learning assignment

Applicant completes learning assignment tailored to their situation

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Application processing

Staff member decides if application is successful/unsuccessful

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Applicant notified

Applicant receives decision (and instant payment – if this additional package is opted for)

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“The Funds Management System appeared at exactly the right time for us. I thought it would be amazing because we were using a very admin heavy, time-consuming process for financial support applications. We were looking at ways to rely more heavily on technology to cut down on time and manual admin.”

Hayley Borrett Student Support Officer University of Keele
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“It’s just so nice to have one platform that does everything. We’ve got four different funds in the Blackbullion Funds Management System now and to be able to administer those in such an easy way has been huge. It’s made a massive difference.”

Rachael Glover Undergraduate Support Advisor University Centre South Essex

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