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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
All undergraduate and postgraduate taught School of English students.
 
How much can I apply for?
Each application can apply for up to £250. If you think your idea will exceed this, please speak to Emma Fearon for advice.
 
Who will decide if my idea is funded?
The Student Experience Fund (SEF) Panel will decide if your idea will be funded. The panel will be formed of the Education Rep, an English Society Member, a Course Rep, Head of School or nominee and a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
 
How will I find out if my idea is funded?
You will be contacted by Emma Fearon, Education and Student Experience Senior Administrator, within one working week of the relevant SEF Panel meeting. 
 
How long do I have to do the project?
The project should typically be completed within one academic year. We welcome applications in the spring semester for projects to be undertaken during Welcome Week, provided the applicants will still be current students.
 
How are the completed ideas and projects evaluated?
When your project has finished, you will be asked to produce a written report. You may wish to include photographs, testimonials or video footage as part of your evidence. You will receive further information about the report if you achieve the desired funding.
 
What support can I access?
You can speak to Emma Fearon, Education and Student Experience Senior Administrator, at any time of the application process. You can email Emma or call 0115 74 87407. 
 
Can I complete a paper application?
Yes, if you wish to complete a paper application or require any of the forms in an alternative format please contact Emma Fearon.
 
I'm not sure if my idea is suitable, who can I talk to?
You can speak to Emma Fearon at any time of the application process, or call 0115 74 87407. For initial ideas, you may also wish to speak to your Course Rep or Personal Tutor. You can find a list of your Course Reps on the School of English LCF Moodle page.
 
I don't feel comfortable submitting an idea myself, can someone do this on my behalf? 

Any undergraduate or postgraduate taught School of English student may apply. If you are submitting a group application, any member of the group (providing that they are a undergraduate or postgraduate taught School of English student) may submit the application. You may also set up a meeting with Emma Fearon, Education and Student Experience Senior Administrator, and she can assist you with submitting the application.

 
I am on the English Society Committee or a Course Rep - can I apply?
Any undergraduate or postgraduate taught School of English student may apply. If there is a conflict of interest with a member of the panel (e.g. a member of the panel is involved in a proposed project), then this panel member will not review the application in order to make the process fair.
 
My idea is not exclusively for the School of English and involves inter-faculty collaboration, can I still apply?
Please email Emma Fearon, Education and Student Experience Senior Administrator, as your application may be best suited to an alternative method of funding.
 
My idea is part of the 'Students as Change Agents' project, can I still apply?
Yes, we welcome applications from students involved in ‘Students as Change Agents’, provided that you are not already being awarded funding for your project.
 
Can I use the money to subsidise my studies?
The Student Experience Fund cannot be used to subsidise studies. You may wish to view the Bursaries and Scholarships page to view hardship funds.
 
Do you have any examples of past projects?
The School of English Student Experience Fund is new to the 2019/2020 academic year. However, you may wish to view the CLAS or Engineering pages for inspiration.
 
I am a member of staff in the School of English, can I apply on behalf of a student group?
Unfortunately not. Only undergraduate and postgraduate taught students can apply for the fund.
 
Can I use the fund to finance a repeated/annual project?
Unfortunately, we cannot sustain a repeated/ annual project. The funds will be provided as a onetime payment. 
 
I am a Joint Honours student, can I apply to more than one fund?
If you are a Joint Honours student who can apply for multiple funds (e.g. the CLAS or Humanities SEF Funds), please email Emma Fearon, Education and Student Experience Senior Administrator.
 
Can I apply if I am a Study Abroad, Exchange, or 2+2 School of English student?
Yes, all undergraduate and postgraduate taught School of English students can apply. However, the project and report must be completed before you leave the University of Nottingham and return to your home institution. 
 
Can I apply if I am a School of English Distance Learning student?
Yes, all undergraduate and postgraduate taught School of English students can apply.
 
I'm a postgraduate research student, can I apply?
Unfortunately not. This is because postgraduate research students already have funding available to them.
 
I applied for an idea earlier in the year, can I apply again?
Yes, individuals or groups may apply for funding multiple times in the year. However, you can only submit one application per idea. Therefore, if you have already submitted an application for a specific project, an application for the same project cannot be submitted again.
 

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