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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. This includes local, national and international opportunities.

In order to be eligible to be considered for this support, students will come from families who have a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £42,875 per annum

Students must be registered on their programme of study (undergraduate or postgraduate; including taught and research) on the date of application to be eligible for financial support. Dormant students are not permitted to apply for the Student Employability Fund. Students may apply while undertaking a year abroad or placement year, provided they are currently registered on their programme of study at the time of application.

  • The defined categories of award that will be considered are travel, clothing and subsistence. The fund provides a contribution towards these elements, to support current students to access and undertake specific employability development experiences and external recruitment activities. The fund is not intended to provide a sustained income throughout the duration of a particular opportunity.

    Students can make one claim for a contribution towards clothing per programme of study and up to three applications for both travel expenses and subsistence per funding year. The fund operates annually between 1st October and 30th June and only accepts applications within these dates. Applications made between 1st July and 30th September will not be processed. Once the current annual fund is exhausted, no further allocations will be made within that year.

    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) OR a weekly travel pass (£25 maximum) OR a monthly travel pass (£100 maximum). Only one of these options can be selected per application.
    • Subsistence ( – a £30 one-off payment per successful application
    • Clothing (up to a maximum of £150) – this relates only to the purchasing of appropriate footwear and clothing.

    Alternative sources of funding and financial support may be available through departments, colleges, internal and external initiatives.

    For further information, please visit the Student Finance webpage: https://www.dur.ac.uk/student.finance/

    External recruitment activities include:

    • Employer interview
    • Employer assessment centre

    Employability development experiences include:

    • Work experience
    • Volunteering
    • Employer / opportunity provider insight day or networking day (including job shadowing)
    • Employer / opportunity provider workshop
    • Internship
    • Placement
    • Part-time job
    • Vacation job
    • Conference

Household Income:

·Confirmation of 2019/2020 student loan entitlement and Durham Grant

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

Applications must be made in advance of the activity taking place. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

We will use our best endeavours to make payment to successful applicants in advance of the activity taking place, but this cannot be guaranteed.

For further information or advice:

Email: scholarships.advice@durham.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395



If you are successful in receiving support for them Student Employability Fund, then it is a mandatory requirement that you complete tyhe online Feedback From so that information can be provided to the donors who make the Fund possible about how the funds have helped with your studies and future career.

You can access the Feedback Form here.