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Durham University


Developing our students


Could our Student Employability Fund help kick-start your career?

(15 October 2019)

Did you know that the University makes money available to help students develop their employability skills and access opportunities to progress in their career?

In its first year, our trail-blazing Student Employability Fund, from the Careers & Enterprise Centre, has helped students travel to job interviews and assessment centres, develop work experience, make connections and more.

This year, thanks to the generosity of Durham alumni, we’ve doubled the Fund in size and made it available to even more students.

What is the Student Employability Fund?

The Fund helps students to access employer interviews and assessment centres, networking events, and other career enhancing opportunities, including work experience. It can be used towards travel costs, subsistence and the cost of clothing for relevant activities. 

It’s intended to be a practical support for students who might otherwise struggle to find this money and could be disadvantaged as they embark on their chosen career.

Opportunities for all students

Jess Dunning, Opportunities Officer, DSU, said: "Durham is one of the best universities for providing opportunities for students to develop skills that will help employment. However, these opportunities sometimes come at an additional cost and students should be supported in being able to undertake them without worrying about whether they can afford it. The Student Employability Fund helps mitigate that issue and allows Durham students to continue to develop and undertake new exciting experiences to further enhance their career after they finish their degree.”

How is the Fund changing?

As well as having a larger fund available, from this September, the Fund will be open to students with a household income of less than £42,875 (previously it was £25,000), meaning many more students will be eligible to access it.

What else is the University doing?

We have just announced ambitious plans to widen access to Durham. We’ll be launching a number of initiatives to support students from lower income backgrounds to apply here and to ensure that all our students have the support they need to reach their full potential throughout their studies.

Our Careers & Enterprise Centre also offers one-to-one advice and guidance services, as well as comprehensive information resources on the Careers & Enterprise webpages and in the careers information room. Find them on the ground floor of the Palatine Centre.

Find out more

The Student Employability Fund

Careers and Enterprise – Diversity Matters

Durham University Access and Participation Plan

Your journey to the extraordinary starts here

We celebrate diversity at Durham. As part of a diverse group of exceptional students and staff you’ll be challenged and inspired in equal measure to push boundaries and look for new ways to answer the big questions.

To make sure the you receive the best possible support, not matter your background, we have worked closely with the Office for Students to create a plan improve access, success and progression for underrepresented groups.

You can read the plan here: Access and Participation Plan


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