Fund your own future

Careers Network is giving you the opportunity to bid for up to £2,000 to financially support your ideas, that enhance your employability!

Curriculum Enhancement Fund

The ideas need to be embedded into the curriculum and have the support of an academic staff advocate. Ideas can include, but are not limited to:

  • Organise company visits for you and your classmates;
  • Deliver a networking event for fellow students, to meet with employers within sectors that you and your classmates are interested in learning more about;
  • Conduct a research project for an employer which links to your academic studies.

Leading on a project that shapes your learning will demonstrate the following skills and behaviours that will impress employers when applying for internships, placements and graduate level roles:

  • Leadership
  • Spotting opportunities
  • Implementing change
  • Using your own initiative

Criteria for funding

  • the funds requested must be used to enhance new or existing activity within the curriculum;
  • the activity should be designed to engage small and medium size organisations that are located in the Midlands and West Midlands region;
  • the recommended amount of funds allocated to one applicant is £2,000; however, additional funds can be requested;
  • applications from students will need to have support and approval from an academic staff advocate, who can confirm that the idea will be used to enhance their existing programme of study;
  • this funding is available for all students;
  • all funds must be spent by June 2018.

How to apply

  • all applicants will be asked to complete and submit an application form which can be sent online or printed out and emailed to r.barot@bham.ac.uk;
  • deadline for submissions over £500 is Sunday 4 March 2018, 23.59;
  • applications of £500 or under will undergo a one stage approval screening process. Your application will be sent to an Advisory Group which will include your College representative and the project lead from Careers Network. A decision about the outcome of your proposal will be made usually within one week of your submission; however, project leads may ask for clarifications regarding your application;
  • if the proposal exceeds £500, you will be asked to undergo a two stage approval screening process. This includes submitting the application form, and if accepted, you will be asked to deliver a 10-minute presentation on your proposal to a panel which will include your College representative and the project lead from Careers Network. A decision about the outcome of your proposal will be made usually within one week after the presentation. 

Successful bids

Once your project has been approved, your College project lead will get in touch to make arrangements for your project to start. You will be required to submit an end-of-project report which details the outcomes of your project and evaluates the enhancements that the funds have made to the curriculum and students' learning experience. This report may be used for dissemination and publication on the University website, and a template will be available to you. The report should be submitted one month after the completion of the project.

Information for staff advocates 

    Responsibitities are: 
  • Authorise that the funds requested by the student will be used to enhance curriculum whilst engaging with small and medium size organisations that are located in the Midlands and West Midlands region;
  • be a budget holder and signatory
  • oversee and authorise expenditure
  • ensure the project meets the University health and safety requirements.   

Key dates

  • Sunday 4 March 2018: deadline for applications
  • End of June 2018: all funds must be spent 

Contact us

For any questions please do get in touch with r.barot@bham.ac.uk.

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