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Ignite Your Success

Ignite Your Success enables undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds to make the most of their studies.

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The Widening Participation and Social Mobility Directorate at the University of Southampton is delighted to offer our unique undergraduate programme Ignite Your Success.

Applications for Ignite Your Success 2022/23 are open between Friday 9th September and Sunday 9th October 2022.

This extensive 3-year, Alumni funded programme is available to students from underrepresented backgrounds and offers a blend of financial, academic, career, and personal opportunities to ensure you reach your full potential.

Key elements of the programme include structured outcome-based workshops, tailored mentoring schemes, guaranteed internships and international study and work opportunities, all underpinned by a range of £3,000 awards & £10,000 bursaries.

The programme maximises your university experience by supporting you to:

 

Alongside Ignite Staff, content is delivered by a range of contributors, including key University of Southampton Alumni from underrepresented backgrounds.The programme includes representation from current students and recent graduates, many of whom are from a widening participation background.

Members of University of Southampton's Professional Services, such as the Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise Service, Academic Skills Service, and the Student Wellbeing Team are also involved to enrich the programme and provide relevant and engaging context on the wider support available.

Ignite Your Success offers a combination of financial, academic and personal opportunities to ensure students from underrepresented backgrounds can focus on their studies and reach their full potential. 

The Ignite Programme has been made possible thanks to generous donations of university alumni and supporters.

Financial Support

A number of £3,000 awards and £10,000 bursaries are available across 3 years of study to support students from underrepresented backgrounds, so you can focus on your studies.

Bursary Details
To those receiving the Ignite Your Success Bursary from 22/23, they will be awarded £10,000 over 3 years of study, as follows:

Year of StudyBursary Amount
Year 01 £3,300
Year 02 £3,300
Year 03 £3,400

Award Details
To those receiving the Ignite Your Success Award from 22/23, they will be awarded £3,000 over 3 years of study, as follows:

Year of StudyAward Amount
Year 01 £1,000
Year 02 £1,000
Year 03 £1,000

 

Bursary and Award payments are split into three instalments each academic year. Payment dates will be confirmed at the start of each academic year to bursary and award recipients.

1:1 Support

Ignite Coordinators provide a dedicated point of contact for all Ignite Your Success students.

They can provide information, guidance and support as well as offering regular catch ups with students throughout the year.

Workshops

You will take part in a series of exclusive workshops designed to support and empower you to make the absolute most of your time at university. 

Internal led workshops from Student Wellbeing, Careers & Employability and the Financial Support Team run along workshops lead by Alumni speakers and cover themes including Building Confidence, Understanding Change and Networking and Communication. 

Internships

In their first year of study, all Ignite Your Success students are guaranteed a paid internship. Previous opportunities included working with University departments including Study Abroad and Public Policy, as well as external opportunities with charities and organisations in the Southampton area. 

Supported by the Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise Service, students will receive support before, during and after the internship, enabling them to make the most of the opportunity.

Undertaking an internship in your first year of study not only further supports students financially but also sets students off on a great path to secure future work experience opportunities throughout the remainder of their time at university.  

Mentoring

You will have the opportunity to be mentored each year.

The types of mentoring you will experience are:

Year 1- Peer Mentoring

Year 2- E-Mentoring

Year 3- Career Mentoring

Ignite Community

All students that are eligible for Ignite will be part of a wider Ignite community where they will receive information on different opportunities available to them, ranging from voluntary and paid roles, to events. This will include a chance to meet with peers and enjoy social events together as a community.

Transition

Eligible students will be invited to a Transition Day designed to support new undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds transition to University life and help give you the best possible start at Southampton.  
 
The Transition Day will take place before the start of term and will include information on Ignite Your Success as well as giving you the opportunity to find out more about studying at the University of Southampton and the support available to you when you join us.  
 
There will also be the opportunity to meet current Ignite Your Success students, tour Highfield campus and pick up a welcome pack.  
 
Eligible students will be contacted with more information and details on how to register for the Transition Day during the summer.  

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • You must have a place to study on an undergraduate course at the University of Southampton starting in the 2022/23 academic year
  • Be studying for your first undergraduate degree
  • Be a EU or UK student

and, meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Been in local authority care or looked after for three months or more
  • Have a home address in an IMDQ1 (indicies of multiple deprivation, lowest 20%) neighbourhood
  • Participated in Ignite Your Journey

Please note: Eligible students will be invited to apply for the Ignite Programme via a direct email.

How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for the Ignite Programme you will be contacted via email with the application form.

Once submitted, eligible students’ applications will be shortlisted by a panel before successful students are invited to a selection interview.

At the interview, you will be asked a series of questions around your application by the panel. Following the interview, the panel will deliberate, considering your answers from both your application and interview.

Successful students will be notified directly following the interviews.

Applications for the Ignite Your Success 2022/23 will open on the 9th September 2022.

The Ignite Team

Savanna Cutts: Student Success & Inclusion Coordinator

Having joined the Student Inclusion Team in July 2022, Savanna was previously a University of Southampton Law undergraduate and then Vice President Welfare and Community 21/22 at the Students’ Union (SUSU).

Savanna was first in her family to attend University and is therefore passionate about using her lived experience as a tool to create change and support other students from underrepresented backgrounds. She is excited to develop the programme futher and is keen on collaborating with other teams.

Savanna is also the co-founder of the Social Mobility Network- a grassroots university group who run events and share information in order to build a sense of belonging and community, and open up conversations about class at the University of Southampton.

 

Ellie Grant: Student Success & Inclusion Coordinator

Ellie is a Creative Writing graduate who joined the Ignite team in July 2022 after completing her term as AUBSU President.

She cares deeply about amplifying underrepresented voices and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed at university and beyond. Within her role in Ignite, Ellie is most excited about working alongside students to build a welcoming, inclusive, and thriving community for those supported by the programme.

When she isn’t working, Ellie is a keen crafter and enjoys making her own jewellery.


Jess Smith: Student Success & Inclusion Operations Assistant

Jess is a 2022 University of Southampton History graduate, and is currently the Operations Assistant within Ignite, having previously worked as the Ignite intern for the last 18 months.

Jess is responsible for the administrative aspects of Ignite and providing general support to the programme coordinators, including with planning workshops and student support.

 

Vicki Finch: Student Success & Inclusion Coordinator (currently on maternity leave)

Vicki has been at the University for eight years supporting students, initially in University halls and the Student Hub before joining the Student Inclusion Team when it was established in 2018. 
 
She is passionate about supporting students on their University journey and excited to be part of the Ignite Programme as it continues to grow.  
 
At the weekend she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as watching a good film.

 

Roshana Wickremasinghe: Student Success Manager 
Having recently joined the University, Roshana will be supporting the ongoing development of provision for specific student groups including mature students, Care Leavers and Living at Home students.  
 
Before joining the team, Roshana trained as an English teacher and is passionate about addressing educational inequality. She is currently completing her PhD in the language used by government and teachers to talk about aspiration to university. 
 
In her spare time, Roshana runs a women’s cycling group where she leads bike rides, workshops and events.

Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Ignite Your Success here.

What will it entail for me to be involved in Ignite Your Success?

Alongside receiving financial support, you will take part in a series of exclusive workshops designed to support and empower you to make the absolute most of your time at university. You will also be part of the wider Ignite Community where you and your peers will support and encourage each other.

You will have the opportunity to be mentored in each of the 3 years, as well have having the opportunity to gain international experience through partnership with Study Abroad.

To boost your employability, as well as workshop content from the Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise Service, we will guarantee you an internship within your first year of study, not only further supporting you financially but also setting you off on a great path to secure future work experience opportunities throughout the remainder of your time at university.

There will also be content delivered by the Academic Skills Service to ensure you truly thrive in your studies while you are with us in Southampton.

Are there any restrictions on the courses you are studying?

You can apply for the Ignite Your Success Programme if you are in the first year of study on any undergraduate course at the University of Southampton; however, the financial support and programme are only for 3 years.   

If you are studying for an undergraduate course for more than 3 years, you can still apply and be part of Ignite Your Success. Please note, the financial support available is for 3 years only and there will be no further workshops past year three.   

You can find information on other funding options available at the University on our Student funding webpage

What if I am already receiving funding from elsewhere (Cash Bursary, University of Southampton Bursary or any other grants)?

No matter what other funds you are eligible to receive, if you meet our eligibility criteria you are welcome to apply for Ignite Your Sucess.

If you are successful in being accepted onto Ignite Your Success and receive funds from it, you will still be eligible to receive all other funding you do currently.

 

What if I cannot attend a workshops or other activity?

We expect a level of commitment should you take part in the programme, 80% attendance should be regarded as a minimum, however we also realise there can be many logistical and sometimes unexpected challenges to participating in university life, especially extracurricular activities.

If you cannot attend a workshop, activity or event for any reason, please do let us know. 

What happens if I leave the University before completing my degree, will I need to pay the funds back?

If you leave university, all funding from Ignite Your Success will stop and you will receive no further payments. You would not need to pay back the money you had already been awarded

How will you make the decision on who is offered a place on the Ignite Programme?

The applications for Ignite Your Success places and financial support will be assessed based on your application answers which include questions on your course, why you have chosen to come to Southampton and the impact the programme will have on your life.

A panel will assess your application and produce a shortlist of students who will be invited to an interview.

At the interview, the panel will ask you further questions around the answers you gave in your application. Following the interviews, the panel will review your answers from your application and during your interview before making a decision on the successful students. 

 

How will I receive the financial support?

Ignite Your Success financial Support will be paid directly into your bank account. To ensure all payments are made directly to you and on time, please make sure your bank account details are up to date. You can check your bank account details via ‘My student record (Self Service)’ on SUSSED.  

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