General guidance on completing the bursary application:

  • Be positive about yourself and promote your best qualities in relation to each question.
  • Read the questions carefully and answer them fully. If there are a number of parts or points to a question, ensure that you address each individual part in your answer. Scores will be based upon the different elements of the question that you address so it is important to address them all
  • Consider the points you want to make and which responses these points will fit best.  If the point does not respond to a question, do not include it, however vital you think it is; it wastes valuable words.
  • When answering questions, keep in mind the wider context of your application such as the impact the course you have chosen might have on your teams, patients and the wider organisation.
  • Consider the evidence and examples you have that will illustrate your responses; choose the best one for each question. 
  • Provide examples that demonstrate your interest and see if you can give some evidence. 
  • Avoid repetition as far as possible.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to complete the form and allow for IT glitches.
  • Answer all of the relevant questions and be mindful of the word-count as it is different for each question.
  • Take care if you are cutting and pasting from another document, the questions may be slightly different and if you do cut and paste, make sure it is pasted into the right box.
  • Keep things clear and concise - cut out irrelevant information so the form is easy to read and interesting.
  • Save the form and check your responses thoroughly, especially spellings, grammar etc. before submitting.
  • On completion ask someone else to have a look through it with a fresh pair of eyes to double check for any errors.