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Diane Hay, Head of Careers, and Ian Jamieson in front of some of the bursary recipients
Diane Hay, Head of Careers, and Ian Jamieson in front of some of the bursary recipients

Internal News - 24 October 2006

Enterprising students get funding to help them develop skills

Twenty students who were awarded the first University Enterprise Bursaries were presented with the final instalment of their funding by Ian Jamieson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, at a reception in the Claverton Room.

The scheme was set up to develop the employability and entrepreneurial skills of students who are not on degree programmes which include a work-based placement.

It funds students to undertake vacation work or projects which would otherwise be very difficult to afford.

The initiative, run by the Careers Advisory Service, is funded by the Enterprise Education Venture Fund and is unique to Bath.

As part of it, students undertook a fascinating diversity of opportunities in the summer, most of which were unpaid. These included voluntary work in Ecuador, Romania and the UK, scientific research in biology, chemistry, computer science and pharmacy, conference organising, arts administration, politics and health promotion.

Students identified some important benefits such as getting “real world” experience, clarifying their career prospects, creating a network of contacts, communication skills, teamwork skills and improving self-confidence. The experience of applying and having to justify their application and costings in an interview was also useful for the future.

The scheme will run in 2007 and full details and application procedures will be advertised in December. The criteria will be very similar to 2006, and last year’s details are retained for reference – see Related Links.