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As a Staffordshire University student you can apply to the Student Success (Experiences) Fund for assistance with the costs of taking part in a wide range of experiences both in the UK and overseas. The award amount you’ll receive will depend on your individual circumstances and availability of funds.

Spending time abroad during your degree is a fantastic way to help you stand out and gain a new perspective on your subject and career. You’ll experience the culture, learn the language, and make lifelong friends whilst developing many of the professional skills and a CV that will make you standout.

Important notice: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and following guidance issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Public Health England (PHE) and the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), we are currently unable to support applications relating to international travel. We will continue to monitor the situation and update these pages at appropriate times.  

Should you wish to talk through your options, or have questions about funding, contact our exchange co-ordinator at

What can I do?

The great thing is you decide! The possibilities are endless, and you’re only limited by your imagination; experiences could include:

  • Academic led trips
  • Participation in conferences
  • Attending exhibitions worldwide
  • Summer work camps
  • Research projects abroad
  • Volunteering
  • Internships
  • Cultural discovery trips
  • Language tuition abroad
  • Study exchanges
  • Participation in competitions
  • Putting on and participation in live performances

As long as your chosen experience takes place during the current academic year it can be considered for funding.

How long can my experience last?

The length of your experience will depend on the type of activity you choose to do. For example, it could range from a 1-day conference to a whole summer volunteering.

Am I eligible?

You can apply to the Student Success (Experiences) Fund if you...

  • Are a current and active student
  • Are classed as Home for fees
  • Are studying full or part time (if part time you must be studying at 25% of a full-time equivalent course)
  • Are enrolled onto a course which is a minimum of 1-year duration
  • Are enrolled onto a course that leads to an award such as a Foundation Degree, BA, BSc, BEng, or Integrated Masters
  • Have taken out your full loan entitlement, including your full tuition fee loan (if eligible)

Priority will be given to...

  • Students with household incomes below £25,000 (as assessed by their Funding Body)
  • Students who have disclosed a disability
  • Ethnic minority students
  • Care leavers or students estranged from their family
  • Students with caring responsibilities
  • Students from neighbourhoods with low participation in HE
  • Mature students

How do I apply? 

You can apply to the Fund through our partner platform Blackbullion, using the following link: 

Student Success (Experiences) Fund

If you've not already registered with Blackbullion you'll be asked to register with them, using your student email account before completing your application. Registration is free and will give you access to all Blackbullion's online resources and learning modules designed to help you develop essential money skills, as well as exclusive competitions. For more information on Blackbullion please watch the video Hi, we are Blackbullion (Youtube)

As part of your application you will be required to provide a personal statement outlining why you want to undertake your chosen experience and what the expected benefits are. You will also need to provide evidence of the costs you are applying for.

Please note: Your application is not complete and can't be assessed until all supporting evidence has been received. 

If you have any questions or require further assistance with your application, please contact

How much will I be awarded?

All awards will depend on individual circumstances and the experience proposed in your application.

There is an upper limit for awards of £1,000 per student per year.

If I’m awarded a payment will I have to repay it?

No, payments will not usually have to be repaid. If, however your attendance is poor, or you fail to provide copies of receipts associated with your chosen activity when asked, you may be required to repay all or part of the award.

Further guidance

If you require any further guidance on how to complete the application form please contact us at

Terms and conditions

  • Any experience funded by the Student Success (Experiences) Fund must be completed before the end of the academic year.
  • Retrospective applications will not be accepted. You cannot apply to the Fund if you are already studying, working or volunteering abroad or if you have already completed your chosen experience. 
  • Unless you are taking part in an academic-led project, you are responsible for making all booking and travel arrangements. You must demonstrate that you have considered the most economical options and that you have explored all other funding opportunities available to you.
  • Upon completion of your chosen experience, you may be asked to report back about your experience. You will be given guidance on the format of the expected feedback.
  • You must keep any receipts associated with your chosen experience. We reserve the right to request evidence that you have used the Student Success Fund award as intended. If you fail to produce such evidence, you will be required to repay the Student Success Fund award.
  • Any unused Student Success funding should be repaid to the university.