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Opportunity Fund

Finding employment can be a stressful time for any student or graduate, without having to think about the cost these opportunities may bring. Interviews, assessment centres and work experience can all cause financial strain, but the Careers and Employability team may be able to help. Get a head start with your career journey by applying for funding.

Why apply?

Its a simple, quick application process and you can receive support from the Careers team throughout the application. Receive up to £500 to support multiple opportunities. The funding can be put towards a variety of costs including;

  • Professional clothing
  • DBS Checks
  • Recovering lost documents
  • Costs associated with caring responsibilities
  • Travel & Overnight Accommodation

We consider each application on a case-by-case basis so if you’d like to apply for any costs not listed above we are happy to discuss this with you.   

Many opportunities are remote at the moment, but if you have a video interview and still require professional clothing, or have been offered a job and need to recover documents, pay for a DBS check, purchase smart clothes for when offices reopen or any other costs related to remote opportunities, then we’d like to hear from you! 

Am I Eligible?

There are a variety of eligibility criteria to be able to access the fund and if you’re eligible you can access the fund during your studies and up to 15 months after you graduate.

You may be eligible if you fall into any of the below categories:

  • Home postcode where few students go to University
  • Parent/carer household income of less than £25,000
  • Parent/carer did not go to University
  • Student carer
  • Lived in local authority care or estranged from family
  • Has a disability, mental health condition or long term health condition (does not include specific learning difference, such as dyslexia)
  • Independent students (mature students), as defined by Student Finance England (depending on home postcode/ household income of less than £42,641)
  • Students from black and ethnic minority groups (depending on home postcode/ household income of less than £42,641)
  • If you are a Postgraduate student, you must be studying a taught course.

Please note, this funding is to support costs associated with career opportunities. Costs associated with study won’t be eligible unless directly related to a job opportunity.

How do I apply?

If you do not fall into any of these eligibility criteria, there may still be financial support for you via Student Services, so do get in touch with them.

Download an information pack and an application form via the buttons below to find out more or contact the careers centre for a confidential appointment. Alternatively simply contact to speak to Becki Cobb, Access & Participation Careers Advisor to find out more. 

This funding is only available to Home and EU students. Each application is assessed on a case by case basis.

Information PackApplication form

What Do Students Say?

Final Year Accountancy and Finance Student – “I was able to purchase professional clothing to attend a networking event. At the event I was able to speak to a representative from a company I had applied for and requested their contact details. Afterwards, I was invited to attend an interview for the role. It has helped me to understand the importance of networking and how to make a lasting impression”

Postgraduate Sports Science Student – “The fund supported me with travel costs for a short-term internship with a professional football club. This experience has given me insights in to how knowledge from my course can be applied in the real world.”

Final Year Product Design Student – “I was supported with opportunity funding for travel and clothing to attend an interview for a graduate design job. The next day I was offered the job! The fund takes a lot of pressure off and opens your options. Get in touch with the Careers & Employability service if you feel restricted by finances when applying for jobs.

Final Year Mathematics Student – “ The funding allowed me to attend the assessment centre for a Transport Planning graduate role. The funding allowed me to attend the assessment centre day at Atkins, for a Transport Planning graduate role. Although unsuccessful, the day has given me an insight into what other assessment centre days will be like and has highlighted skills I would like to develop”

Law Graduate – “I was due to start a job in a law firm, but didn’t have appropriate clothing until I applied for the opportunity fund. Being able to purchase professional clothing has helped me to make the impression I wanted to make on those I have started working with. The fund has really helped to boost my confidence just from being able to control how I looked and how I want to be perceived. I advise you all to reach out and ask for help so that you too can be in control of your future.”

Meet the Team

Becki Cobb

Becki Cobb, Careers & Employability Adviser (Access & Participation)

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Amanda Hogg, Careers & Employability Administrator