Student Ambassador Stipend

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How to apply

Before 1 June 

Apply for a Student Ambassador Stipend via your applicant portal.

Applicants will be shortlisted using the selection criteria. Particular attention will be given to the supporting statement and teacher’s reference. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the University for interview.

During Welcome Week (19-23 September 2022)

Initial training takes place at the University.

Please note: Communication about your stipend application will be sent to your applicant portal via email from scholarships@kent.ac.uk so ensure that you check both your inbox and junk mail folder regularly.

Students who have been notified that they will receive a Student Ambassador Stipend must register with the University of Kent within four weeks of the start of that academic year in order to receive the award.

If you have applied for a deferred place, you should apply for a scholarship in the same application cycle. If you are deferring your place, you will be unable to see the scholarship on your Applicant Portal therefore please email scholarships@kent.ac.uk to make them aware you wish to apply but are deferring your place and you will be sent an application form. Please make it clear when you apply that you are deferring your place at Kent. Your scholarship application will then be held over until the following year when it will be considered along with other applicants from your school or college who are applying for entry in that year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q What are the benefits of holding a Student Ambassador Stipend?

A Holders of Student Ambassador Stipends will receive £1,000 per annum for the duration of a full time undergraduate degree programme (3 or 4 years) studied at the University of Kent.

In addition they will receive regular training to develop the skills necessary to support and, eventually, deliver a range of activities in schools and colleges. They will gain valuable experience through a range of outreach work which will become increasingly varied and challenging as their skills progress.

The value of the financial support available will depend on the student's level of study, i.e. if a student is studying 50% of a full-time course they would be eligible for 50% of the stipend per annum for the duration of the degree programme.

Q How many hours do stipend holders work?

A Holders of the Student Ambassador Stipend are expected to undertake in the region of 200 hours of ambassador related activities over the three years of study. For further details, see the Student Ambassador Stipend Expectations Document.

Q What training is offered?

A Students who are awarded a Student Ambassador Stipend undertake initial training before or during their first term at university. They take part in additional training throughout their time as a student ambassador, specific to their ambassador roles. They will also be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

More information on the University’s DBS policy as it applies to student ambassadors.

Q What kind of work does it involve?

A The University’s student ambassadors take part in a wide range of outreach work in schools, colleges and the local community, the purpose of which is to raise aspirations and enable people to make informed decisions about higher education.

Holders of a Student Ambassador Stipend will begin this work from their first term at the University. During the first year their first year this may include aspiration raising sessions at their previous school or college. In year two they may also offer mentoring sessions to new undergraduates from partner institutions whilst undertaking a wider range of outreach activities. In their third year stipend holders may have the opportunity to contribute to either subject-based outreach, lead ambassador activities or academic mentoring designed to improve the attainment of school or college students.

More information on the work that student ambassadors do

Q Who can apply for a Student Ambassador Stipend?

A Applications are welcome from students who are currently studying at one of the University’s Partner Schools or Partner Colleges, or UKAT schools, including members of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation. If you are currently studying on The University of Kent's Access to HE Diploma or the University Entrance Diploma then you are also eligible to apply.

Q How do I apply?

A You can make your application via your applicant portal. You should check your eligibility and the details of the stipend before you apply.

Q I have tried to apply but I have been told that I am not eligible. Can I appeal against this decision?

A The University will assess the eligibility of scholarship applicants on the basis of the published criteria. If we receive an application from a student who does not meet these criteria the application will be rejected.

Our decision should be considered as final; no correspondence will be entered into in relation to issues of eligibility. However, you are able to appeal if you believe that an incorrect assessment has been made of your eligibility against the published criteria. The appeal should be sent to scholarships@kent.ac.uk for consideration.

Q Can I apply if I study for a degree part-time?

A The value of the financial support available will depend on the student's level of study, i.e. if a student is studying 50% of a full-time course they would be eligible for 50% of the stipend per annum for the duration of the degree programme.

Q What if I'm on a four year degree?

A If your undergraduate degree is a four year programme you can still receive the stipend for the duration of your course. If this is the case then you will be expected to complete in the region of 250 hours of ambassador-related activity over four years. For further details, see the Student Ambassador Stipend Expectations Document.

Q What is the deadline for applying for an ambassador stipend?

A You must submit your stipend application by 1 June in the academic year in which you apply to the University of Kent.

Q How will the stipend be paid?

A Stipend funds are normally paid directly into the student's bank account in monthly instalments.

Q Will I have to use my stipend to pay for fees/other study-related expenses?

A No. You may use the stipend funds in any way you wish.

Q Will I have to repay the stipend?

A No; it is an award, not a loan.

Q What will happen to my stipend if I change to another course at Kent?

A A change of course at Kent will not affect your stipend as long as the course is an undergraduate programme at either the Canterbury or Medway campus. You should, however, notify the Scholarships Unit of any changes.

Q What will happen to my ambassador stipend if I leave the University?

A You will not receive any further payments once you have left the University but you will not be expected to repay any stipend funds that you have received whilst enrolled on an eligible programme at Kent.

Q What should I write in my supporting statement? Can I just use my UCAS personal statement?

A We will be looking for evidence that you meet the selection criteria so you should explain how you meet these criteria, giving evidence where appropriate. Whilst elements of your UCAS personal statement may be relevant it is unlikely to address the selection criteria for this award so you should not simply copy and paste it into your scholarship application. Instead, treat this like a job application by adapting your statement to the demands of this particular position.

Q How are the Student Ambassador Stipends allocated?

A The University will use information given on the stipend application form and the stipend reference in order to draw up a shortlist of candidates. Particular attention will be paid to the supporting statement where applicants should demonstrate their interest in undertaking outreach work.

  • Applicants will be shortlisted using the selection criteria (see Criteria above).
  • shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in the summer before their entry to Kent.
  • Successful candidates will be notified and initial training will be offered prior to registration.

Q How do I find out who will provide a reference for me from my school/college?

A Your school/college has provided us with details of who we should contact for a reference. If you would like to know who this is, you can email outreach@kent.ac.uk to request this information. It could be that the member of staff delegates the writing of your reference to someone else in your school/college who knows you better. You can speak to the scholarship contact in your school/college directly if you have any queries about this. If we do not receive a reference from your school/college, your application for the Student Ambassador Stipend will be assessed on its own merits in line with the selection criteria.

Q Are Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) students eligible to receive the scholarship?

A No - KMMS students are not eligible to receive this scholarship from the University of Kent. This is because KMMS is a collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

For further information please contact the Scholarships Unit by email at scholarships@kent.ac.uk.

Undergraduate Scholarship Terms and conditions

Student Ambassador Stipend Expectations Document