Student Projects Grant Scheme
The Student Projects Grant Scheme is funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, which was established to increase opportunities for students at Kent, today and in the future. The Student Projects Grant Scheme allows donations given by alumni and friends of the University to reach as many students as possible by enabling individuals to bid for funds to run their own projects.
The 2018 Student Projects Grant Scheme is now open for applications. The total amount available to fund student projects for the 2017/18 academic year is £45,000, with grants of up to a maximum of £5,000. Applications are welcome from student groups in Kent Union, departments, faculties and schools across the University, including the campuses in Canterbury and Medway, our centre in Tonbridge and the University's European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome. The deadline for the applications will be 15 January 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact Julia Baxter.
Telephone: 01227 816034 E-mail: J.E.Baxter@kent.ac.uk.
2017 student projects
Information for students and staff applying for the Student Projects Grant Scheme:
The Student Projects Grant Scheme received a large number of applications from students and staff this year. Applications for funding were very varied and of a high quality and the Panel was pleased to allocate £50k to support projects that will further enhance the student experience and employability of Kent students.
- Dr Wayne Campbell, Director of Student Services (Darwin 1985)
As a donor to the Student Projects Grant Scheme funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, I found reviewing the various projects a hugely rewarding experience. It is something other alumni should get involved with. I was impressed by the scope and breadth of these projects which were wide and various. I would encourage all students to consider applying if they have an interesting idea which needs help with additional funding. Employers will look favourably upon such endeavours and if additional funding can be raised too, this can only help the student and also demonstrate his or her potential.
- Stephen Hearnden (Rutherford 1968) Electronics
In January 2016, grants totalling almost £50,000 were made to a range of projects across the University. The Student Projects Grant Scheme panel received 32 applications, 19 of which received either full or partial funding. The Committee, chaired by Kent alumnus and Director of Student Services Dr Wayne Campbell, comprises representatives from colleges, academic schools, Kent Union, the Alumni Office and the donor community.
Details of the successful projects for 2017 can be found below. For more information about these projects, or about any other aspect of the Kent Opportunity Fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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