Suffolk Access Champion Scheme

The Suffolk Access Champion Scheme is open to students who have studied in Suffolk and are applying to study a full time undergraduate degree programme at UCS in 2014/15.

This scheme is also open to students who will be in their second or third year at UCS in 2014/15.

Students that meet the criteria listed below are invited to apply to become a Suffolk Access Champion and if successful will mentor young people (Year 10-12) to encourage progression on to higher education.

Where possible, Access Champions will be placed in the school where they studied their GCSEs. They will facilitate 40 hours of structured group mentoring sessions in a school environment.

In return for their participation in the Scheme, Access Champions will receive a bursary of £2,000. Students will be able to apply in each year of undergraduate study, subject to successful course progression and continuing to meet criteria. Please note students will be required to re-apply each year.

Eligibility for the scheme

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a place on the Scheme:

  • Be a current undergraduate student at UCS in 2014/15
  • Be studying full-time towards a Foundation or Bachelor degree
  • Paying tuition fees of £7,500 (Foundation degree) or £8,000/£8,500 (Bachelor degree)
  • First generation* in their family to go to higher education
  • Be in receipt of part or all of the maintenance/special support grant  (students with a household of income of up to £42,620)
  • Have studied at a Suffolk Sixth Form, College or Academy (including Great Yarmouth College)
  • Have studied a GCSE qualification within the last ten years
  • Student Finance confirmation must have been received and approved by the closing date. When applying for Student Finance please ensure you consent to share your information with your HEI (i.e. UCS) 

    * First generation means that you are first in your family to apply to higher education. If your parent/guardian/carer has achieved any degree - irrespective of mode of study, type of institution, location of study; you would not meet this criteria. PLEASE NOTE: this is based only on your parent/guardian/carer. You can still be ‘first generation’ if you have siblings who have been to university.

The following students are not eligible for The Suffolk Access Champion Scheme regardless of meeting the above criteria;

  • NHS-funded students
  • Any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement
  • Students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honors degree)
  • Students transferring to UCS from another institution


New applicants to UCS can apply via the Applicant Portal. Current students can apply via MyUCS. The closing date for applications is 3rd October 2014.

Acceptance onto the scheme

Acceptance onto the scheme will be subject to criteria verification, a DBS (formerly CRB) check and enrolment onto a full time UCS course. Applicants will also be required to attend an interview.

Awards will only be made to successful applicants if they are still in attendance at UCS on 31 May 2015 and successfully complete the year of mentoring.