Find all the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Student Ambassador Stipend, how to apply and what happens next.

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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.

For part-time students 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.

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 (PDF 411KB)

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.

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.

You can apply for a student ambassador stipend if you are currently:

  • At a University of Kent partner school or college
  • At a school in the University of Kent Academies Trust
  • At a school that is a member of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation
  • On the University of Kent’s Access to Higher Education Diploma programme
  • On the University Entrance Diploma programme at the University of Kent

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 sand 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

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.

For part-time students 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.  

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

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

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by 15 June and notified of the outcome by 15 July. 

Contact will be made by email from scholarships@kent.ac.uk or outreach@kent.ac.uk so ensure that you check both your inbox and junk mail folder regularly.   

Scholarship funds are normally paid directly into the student's bank account in nine monthly instalments from October to June each year.  

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

No; it is an award, not a loan.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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
  • 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.

You will not receive the scholarship payment while you are on your year abroad or placement year, however the scholarship will be reinstated upon return to the University for your final year of study.  

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.


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