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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