First year student with an eye on enterprise? Enterprise scholarships now available!

Enterprise is now seen as an attractive and viable career option; becoming an entrepreneur or taking the lead in enterprising opportunities has become the way forward for many students studying for a degree. To further encourage this approach, the University will be offering Enterprise Scholarships worth £6,000 over three years, starting in the 2014/15 academic year.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must have entered into your first year of a full-time undergraduate programme at the University of Birmingham in September 2014. UK, EU and international students are eligible to apply for this award.

Only applications which demonstrate full commitment to the three year programme will be considered.

Shortlisting, deadlines and invite to interview

Application closing date: 16 November 2014.

There are two stages to the recruitment to the Enterprise Scholarship scheme:

Stage 1 – Shortlisting of written submissions

The entries will undergo a first first-pass short-listing process, carried out by a minimum of three internal / external judges (sponsors of the Enterprise Scholarship will take part in the shortlisting of applicants).  Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be contacted at this point.

Successful candidates will be invited to an interview.

Stage 2 – Interviews

Interviews will be held on campus here at the University of Birmingham on 11-12 December 2014. The interviews will be conducted by internal members of staff from the University of Birmingham and representatives from enterprises and or entrepreneurs.

Each candidate will have an hour long interview which will consist of questions from the panel.

What does the scholarship offer?

This scholarship is worth £6,000 over a period of three years. The successful recipient will receive an award of £1,000 cash in their first year, then subject to meeting key milestones will receive a further award of £2,000 in their second year and £3,000 in their third year.

How is the award selected?

Following the deadline date, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Team will review all applications in liaison with our sponsors. A shortlist of applicants will then be produced based on the skills, experience and qualities articulated in the application form. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend a 60 minute interview, after which the successful candidate will be selected and notification and payment arranged.

What are the benefits of being an Enterprise Scholar?

If you are successful, over the three years of your award you will become an active member of one of the University’s Enterprise Societies, attend enterprise-related events, become an Enterprise Ambassador, design and deliver enterprise events, develop coaching and mentoring skills to support peers and receive one-to-one support from the EI team.

This will culminate in you developing a viable business idea, securing an enterprising graduate job or planning an enterprising year out by the end of your third year.

What would be expected of me?

How and when can I apply?

To apply for the Enterprise Scholarship, complete the application form and return it to



Do you have an idea for an event or resource that would support learning and development amongst your fellow Social Policy undergraduates?

Funding is available to support individual or group projects which aims to enhance the experience of studying Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. Past projects include a Question Time style event, ‘Young Brum Time’, which was organised by three final year students, and an Inter-University Undergraduate Conference organised jointly by the Social Policy Society and the School. Students have also sought funding to establish support groups, such as the Mature Student Network.

If you would like to apply for funding please complete the application below and then either email it to Clare Hill at or bring it along to discuss at a student endancement drop-in session held on the first Monday of each month 1pm -2pm in room 818, Floor 8 (East) Muirhead Tower.

Participants evaluate a student led question-time event.

Application for individual/group student enhancement project funding: SSP Student Enhancement Fund Application Form

Project Funding Application Guidance:  SSP Student Enhancement Fund Application Form Guidance

Do you want to attend a conference, seminar or event?

Each year a small amount of funding is available on a first come first served basis to support students who wish to attend national conferences, seminars or events. Financial support may cover all or part of the cost of attendance, and can contribute towards the cost of registration, travel or subsistence. As a condition of funding, successful students must write a short report (no more than 500 words) focussing upon their learning from the event, to be posted on the enhancement blog. If you wish to apply to the conference fund please complete the application form below and email to Clare Hill at

Application for ‘Undergraduate Conference Fund’: School of Social Policy Undergraduate Conference Fund Application










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