Purpose and Scope
The Career Support Fund (CSF) is a short-term fund, limited to the current academic year and is designed to support staff whose careers have been adversely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. It replaces the Returning Carers Scheme (RCS) for this academic year. The CSF eligibility criteria outlined below includes those who have taken a three month break due to caring responsibilities within the last five years.
The CSF will be accessible to all staff who can evidence that their career has been and is being disrupted as a direct result of the pandemic, or due to a career break for caring responsibilities under the terms of the RCS. Funding through the CSF can be used to mitigate past adverse impact or potential anticipated future adverse career impact
There is widespread recognition that the impact of the pandemic is being experienced most prominently by carers, members of the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic community and disabled people.
Applicants will be required to evidence one or more of the following in the application form:
- a significant increase due to COVID-19 in childcare responsibilities (of any age) including home-schooling for an extended period of time (more than three months).
- a significant increase due to COVID-19 in caring responsibilities for an adult dependent for an extended period of time (more than three months).
- prolonged COVID-19-related illness or shielding (including issues affecting mental and physical health)
- COVID-19-related impact of disability and lack of disability adaptions while working from home
- temporary COVID-19-related return to full-time clinical duties
- Separation from usual support due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
- compassionate leave due to COVID-19 meaning the loss of an immediate family member or multiple close family members.
OR meet the current eligibility criteria under the terms of the RCS
- a return to work from a break in their career for at least three months for caring responsibilities in the last five years
- a current break in their career for caring responsibilities
- are due to go on a break in their career for caring responsibilities
- have been working part-time or reduced hours because of caring responsibilities.
In all cases the disruption may have a meaningful adverse career impact over the longer-term without additional support from the University. ‘Meaningful adverse career impact’ may include:
- staff who may be at greater risk of not securing another contract
- staff who may have missed out on significant career advancement opportunities or
- those who may demonstrate lost career momentum.
Examples of potential spend
Include, but not exhuastive
- Training or professional development
- Conference attendance (including online) to enable applicants to re-establish their research profile
- Short-term research support, for example to generate preliminary data to support research grant applications
- Indirect costs to support care
- Small scale critical equipment purchases for research purposes
- IT equipment including ergonomic equipment where not covered by the University’s homeworking expenses policy.
The CSF cannot be used to fund the following:
- Personal tuition of child dependants
- Partner or legal guardian’s salary costs for child dependants
- Direct childcare or elder care costs
- Books/toys or similar for child dependants
- Financial aid
- Food and food delivery costs
- WiFi packages.
Application Process and dates
There will be three open calls for applications in February, April and June 2021.
|Round 1||15 February 2021||15 March 2021||April 2021|
|Round 2||15 April 2021||15 May 2021||June 2021|
|Round 3||15 June 2021||15 July 2021||August 2021|
- The scheme is not a general hardship fund.
- Grants may be awarded of up to £10,000 (averaging no more than £5000) to support award holders with their career development.
- Priority will be given to those who have not received any other COVID-19 mitigation support.