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A2I Widening Participation (WP) Funding

This fund helps undergraduate students, who meet the Widening Participation (WP) Criteria arrange a 4 week (or 140 hour) paid internship with a UK based: SME, registered Charity, Statutory Organisation or University of Exeter academic, by fully-funding the internships wages. A bursary is also available to help with any personal costs on a UK paid internship. All funds are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis. Funding applications close Friday 17th May 2019 for internships at the University of Exeter, and Sunday 16th June 2019 for all other qualifying internships.

 

The University of Exeter believes in the principle that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have equal opportunity to do so. We are committed to widen participation in higher education; raise pupil attainment; and put students on a level playing field to ensure they enjoy the best possible outcomes at University and as graduates.

The definition of a WP student Access to Internships (A2I) uses is below. If you are unsure you are eligible for WP funding please contact us so we can verify for you.

You Must:

1. Be a Home/EU fee paying, undergraduate student

2. PLUS at least one of the following applies to you:

  • Bursary recipient*
  • Estranged from family support and in receipt of a standalone pledge bursary
  • Mature student (over 21 on point of entry to University)
  • Disability
  • Care leaver
  • Carer
  • Refugee status
  • Distance or part-time student
  • First Generation at University (both parents have not attended university)
  • Fair Access programme before coming to University (Realising opportunities, Pathways to Law, Exeter Progression or Exeter Senior Scholars)
  • Home in a 'Low Participation Neighbourhood'* (defined by home postcode before coming to University)
  • White Male and home in a 'Low Participation Neighbourhood'* (defined by home postcode before coming to University)
  • State School/College in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’* (your last school/college before coming to University)
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students who attended a State School/College in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’* (your last school/college before coming to University)

* Bursary: An ‘Access to Exeter’ bursary from the University of Exeter or a bursary from the Student Loans Company where your household income is under £42k.

* Low Participation Neighbourhood: A neighbourhood where a low percentage of young people progress to higher education. You can check to see if your home and/or school postcode was in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’ by entering the postcode in the box below.

Low Participation Neighbourhood Postcode Checker

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Remaining WP Funding: £0 - Waiting list running. Funding last updated 27/03/2019.

Type of WP Funding

Internship Length (full time or part-time)

Hourly Rate of Pay (the organisation must pay)

Funding A2I Provides (No VAT)

Funding the organisation Provides (Ex. pension contributions)

SME, Charity or Statutory Organisation

4wks or 140 hours overall

£8.75 OR £10.20 if in Greater London

£1,300 OR £1,500 if in London

£0

University of Exeter

4wks or 140 hours overall

£10.08

£1,400

£0

‘Help Getting to Work’ Bursary*

1 Week or 35 hours or more

At least National Minimum Wage

£250 – Paid directly to you

n/a

 *Students undertaking an internship at the University of Exeter are not eligible for the Bursary. However, students undertaking one of the following are eligible to receive the bursary: a paid internship with an external organisation (any size), an unpaid internship with a charity or Statutory organisation or a credit bearing placement (acting as part of a degree).

To arrange you own internship you will need to undertake the following 5 steps:

  1. Identify your preferred internship sector and role
  2. Identify potential internship organisations
  3. Identify key contacts to approach in the organisations
  4. Approach the contacts speculatively (see templates in guide) to ask for a paid internship, detailing the A2I funding and T+Cs.
  5. Apply for A2I funding, once you have received a positive response from an organisation

For details on how you can do this please read the How to Arrange a Paid Internship Guide 18-19.

Further help

If you have read the guide and would like support with any of the steps to arrange your own internship, the Careers Consultants, Kate Foster (Exeter) or Rachel Coombes (Cornwall), can provide one-to-one careers advice and guidance. To book an appointment please contact your Career Zone:

This funding can fully-fund a 4 week (140 hour) paid internship with a UK based small to medium size employer (SME), registered Charity or Statutory Organisation. A2I will provide £1,300 OR £1,500 if in London, to your internship employer to cover all the costs of a paid internship. Please see the full funding eligibility below.

Intern Eligibility:

Organisation Eligibility:

  • Be with a UK based: Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME - an organisation with less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40 Million a year), a registered Charity or a Statutory Organisation.
  • Pay you through the organisations own payroll system. Unfortunately, if an organisation is unable to do this we will be unable to provide any funding.
  • Pay the agreed wage, on an agreed regular payday i.e. monthly or weekly once you have begun work.
  • Be a reputable organisation
  • Have suitable liability insurance
  • Provide a contract of employment. Please note, interns are required to be employed, not self-employed. For more information please go to the HMRC website.

Internship Eligibility:

  • Pay £8.75 or more per hour, if the internship is in Greater London the internship must pay £10.20 or more per hour.
  • Be for 4 weeks full-time or 140 hours part-time.
  • Begin before the date of your graduation, only applies if you are graduating in 2019.
  • Be completed by the end of summer 2019, before the 2019-2020 academic term begins.
  • Not exceed more than 15 hours per week during term-time, full time internships can commence during vacations.
  • Include tasks and responsibilities normally associated with an undergraduate level position to aid your career development.
  • Not have started by the time you apply for funding, unless the internship has already been paying you at least £8.75 per hour. Please note, you cannot apply for funding if you have already completed/finished the internship.

Applying for Funding:

In order to apply for funding you must have checked that your internship meets all of the above eligibility.

To apply for funding please complete the WP SME, Charites or Statutory Organisation Internship Funding form by Sunday 16th June 2019. All funding is issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The funding will be paid to your internship employer who will then pay you via their payroll. Your employer will invoice the University for the funding once they have returned all the relevant paperwork and when they have been provided with a PO reference number from A2I.

This funding can fully-fund a 4 week (140 hour) paid internship with a University of Exeter academic or department. A2I will allocate £1,400 for the internship and provide your employer with an account code which they will use to pay you £10.08 an hour from. Please see the full funding eligibility below.

Intern Eligibility:

Organisation Eligibility:

  • Be with a University of Exeter academic or department
  • Pay you through the University of Exeter's eClaims system
  • Be able to approve your claims on the eClaims system each month and before Friday 5th July 2019. After this date funding may not be available due to the end of the financial year.

Internship Eligibility:

  • Pay £10.08 an hour through eClaims. This will grade B, Scale Point 3.
  • Be for 4 weeks full-time or 140 hours part-time.
  • Begin by Monday 3rd June 2019 at the latest and be completed by Friday 28th June 2019 with all claims submitted.
  • Include tasks and responsibilities normally associated with an undergraduate level position to aid your career development.
  • Not exceed more than 15 hours per week during term-time, full time internships can commence during vacations.
  • Not have started by the time you apply for funding.

Applying for Funding:

In order to apply for funding you must have checked that the internship meets all of the above eligibility.

To apply for funding please complete the WP University of Exeter Internship Funding form by Friday 17th May 2019. All funding is issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This funding can provide you with a £250 bursary to help with any personal costs on a paid internship in the UK. This can include help with travel, work wear and accommodation. The funding will be paid directly to you from the University. Please see the full funding eligibility below.

Intern Eligibility:

Organisation Eligibility:

  • Be with a UK based organisation (University of Exeter internships are not eligible for the bursary)

Internship Eligibility:

  • Pay you at least national minimum wage (unless you are undertaking a credit bearing placement as part of your degree or you are undertaking an internship with a charity or Statutory organisation).
  • Be for at least 1 week full-time or 35 hours part-time.
  • Begin before the date of your graduation, only applies if you are graduating in 2019.
  • Not exceed more than 15 hours per week during term-time, full time internships can commence during vacations.
  • Include tasks and responsibilities normally associated with an undergraduate level position to aid your career development.
  • Not be completed by the time you apply for funding.

Applying for Funding:

In order to apply for funding you must have checked that the internship meets all of the above eligibility.

To apply for funding please complete the WP 'Help Getting to Work’ Bursary form by Sunday 16th June 2019. All funding is issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The funding will be paid directly to you from the University's scholarships team before your internship begins. The internship organisation will not have to complete any paperwork for you to receive the bursary.

In order to apply for funding you must have checked that your internship meets all of the funding eligibility, please see above.

To apply for funding please complete the relevant funding form:

We will verify your WP status using the University’s Student Record System to ensure that you are eligible for the funding.

Please read the How to Make the Most of your Internship to help you prepare and make the most of your time.

We ask that your internship employer provides you with an induction when you begin. If your employer does not have an induction process please work through the Internship Induction Checklist. We also ask your employer to discuss and set you clear objectives for you to work towards in your internship. Ideally your internship organisation should review and evaluate your performance throughout your internship, providing feedback where necessary. Employers are welcome to use their own performance evaluators, or you can work through the University's Internship Performance Development Review together.

If you need to drive to work, the University advocates using car share schemes. Click the following links to find information on:University of Exeter car sharing, Car Share Devon and Car Share Somerset. If you are working outside of the South West, you can contact your local council to find out about similar schemes.

Do you need accommodation while you complete your internship? You can find reasonably priced rooms and flats on Zoopla ; Spare RoomsRightmove and Gumtree. If you are working in Exeter, the University can also offer en-suite accommodation over the summer, for more information, please visit the University’s Accommodation website.

As a condition of the funding both parties must complete an internship evaluation form. We ask that all forms are completed before the end of the internship.

Please fill out an Intern Evaluation and please encourage your Employer to complete their Employer Internship Evaluation

Please Note: If you are in receipt of the 'Help Getting to Work' Bursary your employer will not need to complete a feedback form however you must still provide feedback.

If you would like to see where students have undertaken A2I internships and learn about the roles they have performed, take a look at our case studies.

If you would like to see some answers to frequently asked questions please see our FAQ page.

If you have any queries please contact A2I@exeter.ac.uk.

  • The intern must allow us to share their details, details of the company and the internship with the funders, Widening Participation.
  • All parties must agree to the A2I Terms and Conditions as outlined in the A2I External Internship Agreement 18-19 and/or in the A2I Internal Internship Agreement 18-19.
  • Employers can receive more than one subsidy, to a maximum of 5 Widening Participation subsidies per year, but cannot receive more than one subsidy per intern.
  • Students, graduates and employers cannot apply for further funding to either extend an intern contract or employ the same student or graduate after the internship has completed.
  • Employers cannot combine or apply for more than one A2I subsidy; Santander or Widening Participation, for the same internship.
  • Employer subsidies will be paid upon the successful placement of an Exeter intern into the approved internship and once an A2I Internship Agreement has been signed and returned.

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