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PAL Funding

Professional Accredited Learning Fund (PAL Fund) - Professional and Administrative Staff

Welcome to the funding opportunities area of our website. This page contains information about central funding opportunities for professional and administrative staff. Academic staff have funding routes available through their school and should speak to the school office or their line manager in the first instance.

Introduction - PAL Fund

If you work in a professional services or administrative role you are eligible for funding to study for a professional qualification or accredited course. This is to help you progress in your role and your career overall by enhancing and accrediting your professional and personal skills.

Your application for funding should be for a course which has been identified through your PDR discussion and been supported by your line manager. This is to ensure that the University is funding development activities which not only support your career, but also the strategic needs of the business. For further information please read the guidance notes below.

Deadline dates

There are two points in the year when you can submit an application form for PAL funding: April & October. An additional deadline in January may be available for courses commencing in Feb-July. This decision has been taken to adapt to the more diverse range of online and classroom based accredited learning study available. The closing dates for form submissions are listed below.

Deadline date - Friday 19th May 2017 for courses commencing between 1st August and 31st December 2017

Please note; The deadline for the next round of funding has been extended whilst we explore the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Applications for funding to commence study between August 2017 and December 2017 will now close for applications on May 19th 2017. Applications received will be considered during May/June and responses to applications were issued by the beginning of July. The timings are designed to enable you to commence a course with an Autumn 2017 start date. Should funding for an application be declined you may be offered the opportunity to explore other accredited training funding options where applicable.

Deadline date - Friday 13th October 2017 for courses commencing between 1st January and 31st July 2018

Applications for funding to commence study between 1st January and 31st July 2018 will close for applications on 13th October 2018. Applications received will be considered during November and responses to applications were issued by the beginning of December. The timings are designed to enable you to commence a course with an January 2018 start date. 

If the application deadline for your prospective course is earlier than this funding deadline, you are advised to apply for your course in the meantime. Should funding be declined you may then explore other funding options if applicable. All sections of the application form must be completed and be signed by your line manager and the Head of School or Division. An electronic copy of the form along with a scanned copy of the signature page should be emailed to:

To access the PAL fund application form and guidance document, click on the links below:

PAL Fund Application Form
PAL Guidance Document For Employees

Application Process

Applications can be submitted for consideration by each deadline. Your course will not be fully funded but you will be awarded a percentage of the cost from the fund, with the expectation that your school/division will match the level of funding offered to you. Supporting statements from your line manager and head of department are essential to verify the link between the programme of study and the impact it will have on your role once undertaken.

Working in a University you have a wealth of course options right on your doorstep. We therefore encourage you, where possible, to seek funding for courses delivered by the University itself. The MBA (Masters in Business Administration) delivered by Salford Business School is one such possibility.

The committee is able to consider team as well as individual applications so if you would like the opportunity to up skill your team, please let us know. If you have any queries please