- Report Date
- May 2018
The Student Project Grant was delivered and has been evaluated with changes being made for next year. Collaboration has been increased between the students' association and the department through a range of projects, including keep cups, drinking water points, food waste internship (funding provided by the department). The partnership also achieved the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation and worked together on the Fairtrade University Pilot. Partnership agreement is being reviewed and update.
Student Project Grants
26 applications were received. Funding was awarded to 17 projects to a total of £4220. Overall the projects funded were spread across all three colleges and across a number of themes including energy, carbon, resource management, sustainability in the curriculum, circular economy and food. As the standard of applications was high, the selection process was difficult and resulted in almost double the amount of grants awarded compared to 2016. There was no increase in grants budget but groups received varying amounts with the lowest at £100 and the highest at £500.
Funding should be given at the maximum of £500 and should be capped at eight projects. This would cut down on the administration of the initiative, would enable projects to a greater extent, and would allow more interaction between the groups and representatives from SRS and Students Association.
A high number of applications focused on food and growing projects highlighting the student desire for dedicated spaces throughout the University estate, and the possibilities for collaboration with teaching and research.