Santander Opportunities Fund

Academic year 2020
Amount Up to £2,000
Dundee, Scotland

Overview

Overview

The Santander Opportunities Fund has been set up to support activities which enhance the student experience and support the internationalisation of the student body, both on and off campus. The aim of the fund is to support student mobility and employability, particularly for students from Widening Access/Participation backgrounds.

Funding has been allocated for work placements, conference travel and visits to partner universities for students who have financially challenging circumstances. The maximum award value is £2,000.

Examples of activities that the Fund may support include:

A. Attendance at a high profile conference or event that will enhance employability as well as providing the opportunity to travel outside of Dundee/Scotland.
B. An unpaid work placement (as part of a course) that the student would not otherwise be able to undertake due to financial insecurity/travel and other costs.
C. A summer internship that the student would not otherwise be able to undertake due to financial insecurity/travel and other costs.
D. Travel abroad to visit a partner university where students may take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and teaching.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from students from who fall into one or more of the following groups:

  1. Students with a household income* under £34,000 (discounting personal earnings).
  2. Care experienced students.
  3. Students under 25 who are irreconcilably estranged from their parents/guardians.
  4. Students with disabilities or long term medical conditions (including specific learning difficulties and mental or physical health conditions).
  5. Students who are single/lone parents .
  6. Students with caring responsibilities. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member (including children) who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
  7. Applications will be considered from students with other exceptional circumstances which have a significant financial impact on their ability to undertake an eligible opportunity (please discuss with a Student Advisor before applying).

*For the purpose of this application household income is considered to be any income that SAAS, Student Finance England/Wales/NI would take into account when assessing a student for means tested funding (information available online). Self-funded or postgrad students who have not undergone a means tested assessment may contact the Advisory Service for more information on how to calculate and evidence this.

2019-20 Deadlines

  • 14 April 2019
  • 14 September 2019
  • 14 November 2019
  • 14 February 2020

How to apply

Download the guidance document and application form.

Completed applications and evidence should be submitted to the Advisory Service in one of the following ways:

Email applications (preferred method) may be emailed to [email protected] Please chose relevant document titles and save documents in PDF format before attaching to your email. You will receive an automated response to confirm your email has been received. Please take this as confirmation of receipt.

In-person applications may be submitted in person at the SEZ Reception Desk or during a Funding Drop-in session. Please allow time for your application to be checked by the member of staff receiving it.

By Post. Ideally, applications should be submitted in person or by email. However, we can accept applications by post to the address below. Please be aware that there may be a delay in your application being received even if being sent by first class post. Address: The Advisory Service, Bernard King Library, Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG

Deadline

Application will close on 14 February 2020

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