Employability Fund

Employability Fund

The Employability Fund offers University of Exeter students in need of financial support a bursary of up to £200, to pay for a UK based event or activity that will help towards their career development.

  • All funding applications will be assessed by the Employability Fund Coordinator and if approved, issued on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • The final applications must be made by the deadline of Wednesday 31st July, 2019.
  • This fund is to support opportunities taking place between Monday 6th May–Friday 20th September, 2019.

Student status

A current student of the University of Exeter; on any course; any year; part-time or full-time; undergraduates; postgraduate (both PGR and PGT); HOME/EU or International fee paying students.

Please note, if you are graduating in July 2019, you will need to have undertaken your career development opportunity before your graduation date, and

Low-middle income

You come from a household income of £55,000 or less, per annum (please see how to apply for evidence required), and

You do not receive other sources of funding by either the University or a 3rd party that fully funds this specicfic career development opportunity.

A commitment to providing feedback

You are required to submit this feedback form within two weeks of completion of your funded career development opportunity. We will use this data to evaluate the impact of the Employability Fund.

Secondly, with your permission we will create a case study that can be used to showcase the impact of the Employability Fund on student career development. This will inspire other students contemplating different opportunities open to them. 

Career development opportunities can include any UK based event or activity that you can evidence directly improves your employability i.e. help you develop the skills and knowledge you need for the workplace and secure graduate level employment.

  • This fund is to support opportunities taking place between Monday 6th May–Friday 20th September 2019, unless you are graduating in July 2019, when you will need to have undertaken your career development opportunity before your graduation date.
  • In all cases, the allowance will be a maximum of £200 per career development opportunity.
  • You are permitted to combine multiple costs in a single application linked to one career development opportunity.
  • You can apply for the fund more than once, as long as it is for a different opportunity.
  • You are permitted to apply for the funding if you have already paid out for an upcoming career development opportunity and need reimbursement.

Costs could include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel, including flights within the UK only
  • Accommodation
  • Work/Interview clothing
  • Registration costs
  • Membership costs
  • Tickets
  • Fees
  • Deposits
  • Subscription
  • Childcare costs, with a registered provider

Events and activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Career Mentor meeting
  • Job interview
  • Assessment centre
  • Insight day
  • Work shadowing
  • Group workplace visit coach trip, eg arranged by a student society
  • Networking event
  • Postgraduate interview
  • Internship (UK based) that either paid at least national minimum wage or working in an unpaid capacity for a charity or statutory organisation
  • Placement (UK based) paid or unpaid but must be part of a credit bearing module
  • Fieldwork
  • Conferences
  • Accredited on-line courses
  • Careers Fair
  • Trade Fair
  • Business Cards
  • Volunteering
  • Trade publications
  • Professional body membership
  • Other

Please apply through this My Career Zone form: Employability Fund Application

The applications must be made by the deadline of Wednesday 31st July 2019.

Please be prepared to provide the following information on the form:

  1. Personal details
  2. Personal Statement 
  3. Evidence of the opportunity, eg email; invitation; Eventbrite advert
  4. Have you applied for the fund before?
  5. Attach evidence that your household income is less than £55,000:

If you are a HOME/EU student the list of acceptable evidence is:

  • Proof of your Access to Exeter Bursary or
  • Student Finance Confirmation Letter or
  • You are estranged from family support and in receipt of a standalone pledge bursary

If you are an International Student the list of acceptable evidence is:

  • A supporting statement from your parents/carers confirming your household income (in English please) or
  • If you a mature student and financially independent please provide evidence of your own income or
  • You are estranged from family support and in receipt of a standalone pledge bursary

Please remember to save your My Career Zone Form, as after 30 minutes unsaved work will be lost.

 

All funding applications will be assessed by the Employability Fund Coordinator and if approved issued on a first-come-first-served basis.

We will let you know the outcome of your application within 5 working days.

Once approved the bursary will be paid into your UK bank account between 10-16 days. Payment cannot be made to International bank accounts or third parties.

It is advisable to submit your request as soon as possible to ensure you get paid before you need to make any payments.

You are also permitted to submit a claim if you have already paid out for an upcoming career development opportunity.

 

What is not funded by the Employability Fund?

  • Any activities or events taking place outside the UK
  • Wages

Do I need to return the amount if I am unable to attend the activity?

Yes, unless there are extenuating circumstances such as severe weather, ill-health, cancelled train or flight, it is expected that you advise us as soon as possible so we can verify the incidents.

Can you fund costs associated with my internship outside of the UK or with an International company?

 No, A2I can only support an internship if it:

  • is with an organisation registered and is based in the UK. Therefore excludes 'working from home' in the UK for a non UK registered and/or based organisation
  • does not include international travel for work
  • working from home in the UK

If you are interested in working abroad please visit the University’s Global Employability webpages.

Can I apply if I am undertaking a second undergraduate degree and not claiming a bursary?

Yes, if you are a mature student, who is financially independent, you can apply as long as you can provide evidence of your own income.

What travel can I claim for?

Your employer may (not obliged to) offer your business expenses which are incurred undertaking your duties as part of your internship. Sometimes employees will pay business expenses themselves and claim back the funding, which could take several weeks to come back if included in your monthly pay cheque. This could include travel for your job. You are responsible for work-related personal expenses, including travel to and from your work base. You can claim for work-related personal expenses.

What clothes can I claim for?

If you are attending an interview or have secured an internship you can apply for interview or work clothes. Before applying please check your workplace dress code or if this does not exist, consider the company culture. It may be that informal clothes can be worn e.g. in a non-client facing role or in the creative industries.

Can I claim for costs associated with a vacation scheme?

Yes, as long as the vacation scheme is an unpaid work shadowing experience or paid work experience (internship/placement).

For enquiries please contact Mrinalini Mustafee, Employability Fund Coordinator, on employabilityfund@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 722034