Student Ambassador Stipend

Student Ambassador Stipend

The application deadline has been extended to 31 August 2022

Student Ambassador Stipends have been created for students who want to become involved in outreach work during their undergraduate programme. The Student Ambassador Stipend offers successful applicants an award of £1,000pa alongside an exclusive programme of training and work experiences specifically designed to enhance their employability skills.

The benefits of holding a Student Ambassador Stipend

In addition to the financial award, you receive regular training to develop the skills necessary to support and, eventually, deliver a range of activities in schools and colleges. You gain valuable experience through a range of outreach work which becomes increasingly varied and challenging as your skills progress.

Three facts about the Student Ambassador Stipend:

  1. They do NOT have to be repaid – they are awarded purely on merit.
  2. They are not based on household income and don’t affect your student loan.
  3. You can hold a stipend in addition to any other scholarship.

How many ambassador stipends are available?

There are up to 40 stipend awards available. Selection will be made on the basis of application, reference and interview. A reference will be requested from the last institution attended by the applicant.

Upon receipt of an eligible application, references will be requested from the scholarship contact at the applicant’s last institution. The scholarship contact will be given the applicant’s name and will be informed of their application to the Student Ambassador Stipend, but no other information will be shared. 

Stipends will be awarded to the applicants who best meet the selection criteria. Whilst we would hope to offer awards to applicants from a number of eligible schools and colleges there will not be a specific allocation for each institution.

Who is eligible?

You can apply for a Student Ambassador Stipend if you are currently a student:

You must also be a UK or EU student and have applied to the University of Kent for an undergraduate programme which requires the payment of full fees.

Please note that KMMS students are not eligible for this scholarship.

How to apply

You can apply via KentVision. Your login details will have been sent to you when we acknowledged receipt of your UCAS application. Log in to KentVision and then click ‘My Scholarships and Bursaries’ where you will see links to the scholarships for which you may be eligible. You should check your eligibility and the details of the scholarship before you apply.

If you are applying to The Medway School of Pharmacy you will need to complete the application form. You should email your application to scholarships@kent.ac.uk

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.

Criteria

When selecting students for a Student Ambassador Stipend, University of Kent staff will use the following criteria. Successful students must demonstrate that they:

  • have an interest in studying programmes offered by the University of Kent (i.e. the stipend should not be the determining factor in choosing to study at the University of Kent)
  • ideally have visited the University and/or engaged in preparatory activity offered by the University (to ensure that they have some broad awareness of what to expect as a student at Kent)
  • have applied to the University through the UCAS school or college centre  
  • are well motivated and engaged with learning
  • are reflective in their learning
  • have a good attendance record
  • have an interest in undertaking outreach work during their undergraduate studies
  • have an understanding of the purposes of widening participation activities
  • have, skills, qualities, experience and/or career aims that make them suitable for the stipend
  • are willing to travel around the county to undertake outreach activity and attend meetings.

Applicants must also make a firm acceptance of an offer made to them by the University before 14 July in the year of entry*.

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.

Desirable skills, qualities and experience

The selection panel will also be looking for evidence of:

  • good communication skills, both spoken and written
  • good presentation skills
  • the potential to enthuse and inspire learners of different ages and levels of ability in a range of settings
  • a desire to reflect and learn from past experiences
  • some experience of helping others to learn, although this is not a requirement.

Application procedure

The application deadline has been extended to 31 August 2022 and the timeline below will be affected accordingly.

Communication about your scholarship application will be made via your KentVision applicant portal. It is important that you check this and your email inbox/spam folders regularly.

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Before 14 January

Apply for an undergraduate programme at the University of Kent.

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Before 1 June

Apply for a Student Ambassador Stipend via KentVision. Your school or college will be contacted for a reference.

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Before 5 June

Make a firm acceptance of your offer from Kent in order to be considered for a stipend. Inform your school of college of your decision.

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Before 30 June

Your school/college will be asked to provide a reference to support your scholarship application by this date.

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Before 15 July

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.

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Before 30 July

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and notified of the outcome by email.

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Before 1 September

If your stipend application has been successful you will receive confirmation of your award once your place at Kent has also been confirmed. You will then be invited to your initial training session.

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Before Welcome Week

Initial training takes place at the University.

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