SMCS Book Fund Application

The application cycle for the 2016/17 year was successfully administered. Details on how to apply for the 2017/18 will be made available in Michaelmas Term 2017. The information below can be used for guidance as to the nature of the application process and will be updated by mid October 2017. 

Before Applying

Before applying for the SMCS Book Fund please consider if you could obtain the books you require by asking the Librarian in College if they can be ordered. The Library has a budget to spend on books each year and are always happy to receive and consider requests. Given the limited nature of our funding this may be a more fruitful route by which to obtain the books you require.


You may apply for funding to buy academic books/printed study materials directly related to your course of study.

You are eligible to apply if you are a registered full time student currently studying for a University of Durham degree and formally attached to St Mary’s College. You may be at any stage of your studies.

The only formal requirements placed upon you if you are successful and receive funding are that you complete a report detailing how the books have aided your studies by the 16th June 2016 and that you should, if possible return the book to the library so it may be retained for future students.


You must download an application form from the bottom of this page and complete it in full. Use the guide document to help you. Instructions on where to send the completed form are on the form itself.

The applications will be considered by the SMCS Book Fund Committee. Membership will be:

Chairman – Mr Andy Hopkins
JCR Representative – JCR President
College Representative – The Vice Principal
MCR Representative – MCR President
St Mary’s College Librarian
Society Representatives – Steven Spencer and Timothy Hughes.

Following a meeting of this committee, successful applicants will be informed and arrangements made for the payment of awards. This will be via cheques issued by the College Finance Office.

Please note that the decision of the Committee is final and there is no right of appeal.


Remember, there are limited funds and despite our desire to fund every application we have to select only a proportion of applicants to receive awards. Therefore, the quality of your application is important. Pay particular attention to explaining how the books will enhance your ability to study your chosen course(s) and do mention any circumstances which give rise to financial hardship. It is also essential that you use a level of English that is commensurate with academic standards.

Filename: 2016-17-book-fund-guidance (24 kB)
Last updated: 26 October 2016
Filename: 2016-2017-book-fund-application-form (30 kB)
Last updated: 26 October 2016