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The Student Employability Fund

The Careers & Enterprise Centre works to promote employability for all Durham students and graduates, to enable them to succeed in an increasingly competitive labour market. Through the provision of the Student Employability Fund, it aims to support students to develop the skills, attributes and experiences that will help them to progress into their chosen destination.

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, the University is able to provide a contribution toward the cost of travel and/or clothing and/or subsistence for current, registered undergraduate and postgraduate students attending external recruitment activities and employability development experiences.

In order to be eligible for this support, students will come from families who have a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £25,000 per annum

Students must be registered on their programme of study (undergraduate or postgraduate) on the date of application to be eligible for financial support. Dormant students are not permitted to apply for the Student Employability Fund.

Students can make one claim for a contribution towards clothing per academic year and up to three applications for both travel expenses and subsistence per academic year.

It is possible to be awarded clothing, subsistence and travel awards.

You may request one, two or all categories (travel, clothing and subsistence) in a single claim.

  • Travel - One return journey (up to a maximum allowance of £150)
  • Travel – weekly travel pass (£25 maximum) or monthly travel pass (£100 maximum)
  • Subsistence (daily allowance of £20)
  • Clothing (up to a maximum of £150)

Household Income:

  • Confirmation of 2018/19 student loan entitlement

If your income has not been assessed by the Student Loans Company you will need to provide evidence of your household income in the form of documents such as:

  • 3 months' pay slips
    OR
  • Latest annual tax summary document
    OR
  • An employment contract
    OR
  • Self-employed accounts

Travel Expenses:

In order to claim help with travel expenses you will be required to provide:

  • Confirmation of your external recruitment activity or employability development experience on an official document from the employer
  • Evidence is of where and when the external recruitment activity or employability development experience will take place

Clothing:

In order to claim help to purchase appropriate clothing to attend an external recruitment activity or employability development experience you will be required to provide:

  • Confirmation of the external recruitment activity or employability development experience on an official document from the employer
  • Details of the items which are needed (e.g. formal suit)

Subsistence:

In order to claim help with subsistence to attend an external recruitment activity or employability development experience, you will be required to provide:

  • Confirmation of the external recruitment activity or employability development experience on an official document from the employer
  • Evidence is of where and when the activity will take place

Submit an online application form including an objective statement of no more than 300 words outlining how taking part in this activity will benefit your employability and future career and any relevant supporting evidence

Successful applicants will receive payment within 7 working days

For further information or advice:

Email: scholarships.advice@durham.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395