Careers and Employability Centre

First-Generation Scholars

Welcome to the First-Generation Scholars Scheme, the University's award-winning initiative to support you in making the most of your time at Sussex. Click each box below to find out more about the programmes. All details are accurate for the 2018/19 academic year.

Useful links and resources for First-Generation Scholars

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Interview training and practice

Take a virtual mock interview, then rate and share it for feedback. There is also comprehensive video training, an interview question database, and answer builder. Be prepared!

  1. Go to the Big Interview website
  2. Log in using your Sussex email address (first-time users will need to register first)
  3. Use the resources and videos available to help develop your interview skills.
How do I decide what programme to do?

View our flowchart of opportunities to help you decide which programme is right for you.

Key contacts and joining the Facebook group

For general queries:

Mike Durrant
Work Experience Officer (First-Generation Scholars)
Tel: +44(0)1273 678429

For advocacy and student voice:

Feven Damtew
First-Generation Scholars Representative, Students' Union
Book an appointment:

For the latest news and events:

Request to join the First-Generation Scholars Facebook group.

Tea and Talk Peer Support Network

The Tea and Talk Peer Support Network is made up of trained student volunteers and offers an informal space for Sussex students to talk and be listened to, as well as an opportunity to find out about other sources of support while enjoying free tea and biscuits.

Student volunteers are trained to offer listening support but are not mental health experts or counsellors. However, they’ll let you know what other University Services are on offer and even support you to reach out to them if that’s what you’d like.

Where and when? Sessions run every Wednesday afternoon during term time from 1 - 3 pm in the Meeting House.

Advice on health and wellbeing, domestic abuse, housing and other support services
Health and wellbeing

Student Life Centre

The Student Life Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm and located in Bramber House. They offer face-to-face, email and telephone advice for a wide range of issues and concerns, including health and wellbeing.

Welfare drop-ins: you can book a session with a Student Life Advisor if you have immediate welfare concerns. The Student Life Centre offers on the day advice or next-day appointments for students with pressing concerns.

Health and wellbeing: view the Student Life Centre's health and wellbeing advice for staying and eating well, mental and emotional health, sexual health and more.

Counselling Service

The University's Counselling Service provides free confidential therapy to students and their website has information about self-help and workshops. You do not need a referral to use the Counselling Service but there can be a waiting list for appointments.

If your need is urgent, book an appointment with the Student Life Centre (see details above) as they can see students quickly and offer support.

Disabilities and long-term health conditions

The Student Support Unit is a team of specialist advisors who work with students who may need support at the University due to a long-term condition. Students can arrange to see a Student Support Unit Advisor for advice and information and may be able to arrange dedicated support.

Domestic abuse

The definition of domestic abuse, from Rise - a local charity offering practical help from direct advice to refuge accommodation - is physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse that usually takes place within the home, and is perpetrated by a partner, ex-partner, family member or carer. It can include stalking and harassment, controlling and threatening behaviour, forced marriage, so-called 'honour-based' crimes and female genital mutilation (FGM).

For further information on domestic abuse, including the support available, see the Rise website on the link above and the University's own support services.


For advice and guidance on living in University-managed accommodation, see the Housing Services webpage. This includes details on the Rent guarantor scheme offered by the University to students who do not have a UK guarantor to rent a house.

You can also find advice on renting privately in the local area.

The Students' Union also offers advice on finding housing and have their own Lettings Agency, helping students to find off-campus housing without charging fees.


The Student Funding Team is based at the Student Life Centre and can help resolve problems or concerns relating to your finances. The team can provide expert financial advice and practical support (including information on emergency loans and hardship funds) and you can book an appointment using the details on the Student Life Centre's funding information page.

Support service contacts

Health and wellbeing

Disabilities and long-term health conditions



See our frequently asked questions
How do I know if I am a First-Generation Scholar?

Check the scheme's eligibility requirements. We have a database with records of all those we know to be First-Generation Scholars. If you are on this list you will receive a number of targeted emails from us during the year. 

If you are not receiving these emails, but believe you are a First-Generation Scholar, please contact

Can I take part in more than one opportunity in a single year?

You can only choose one opportunity for the summer of your second year. You can apply for more than one, but can only accept one offer.

Please note that you can only apply for one China Internship Programme (4 or 8 weeks) and not both. Students who participate in the English and Maths Tutoring programme will not be eligible for any second-year opportunities through the First-Generation Scholars Scheme.

How do I know what programme is right for me?

You can book an appointment with a Careers Consultant or submit a question online to discuss your options and what might be most suitable for you. You should also lookout for any First-Generation Scholar information events which we run periodically on campus.

I'm a First-Generation Scholar in my ... year of study. What can I apply for?

Foundation year

1st year

2nd year

Please note: you can apply for as many of these opportunities as you like but you may only accept one programme offer. If you have participated in an Asia Summer School or the International Summer School in your first year then you may not apply for the same opportunity again in your second year.

3rd/4th year and Postgraduate

Those students on a 4-year undergraduate degree course and in their third year of study may be able to take part in one of our programmes if they have not received funding for an opportunity before. Anyone who has already participated in one of the funded second-year opportunities will not be eligible to receive any further funding.

Final year and Masters students are not eligible to receive funding for a First-Generation Scholar programme.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Are the programmes the same every year?

All programmes are subject to change each year. The details listed on the website are accurate for the current academic year.

I’m not a First-Generation Scholar, can I take part?

We are obliged by the rules under which the First-Generation Scholars Scheme was founded to restrict these opportunities to that group. Please contact us at the Careers and Employability Centre if you are not a First-Generation Scholar but you are interested in similar opportunities.