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Student Change Projects

Take the lead on a Student Change Project to improve or fill a gap in provision, and make some of the changes suggested in student feedback.

Your feedback is always highly valued by the University but making positive and effective changes in response to that feedback is so important too. We are asking for your help to make some of these changes happen. If you want to take the lead on a funded Student Change Project to improve or fill a gap in provision, then we want to hear from you.

How does the scheme work?

This scheme is supported by both the University and the Students' Union. It provides undergraduate, postgraduate taught and doctoral students with the opportunity to lead a change project related to one or more of the strategic priorities for the institution.

We will be looking to support projects related to the following themes:

  • Assessment & Feedback
  • Blended Learning
  • Accessibility of Learning/Assessment
  • Student Skills
  • Digital skills
  • Use of technology
  • Developing a sense of community within departments, faculties and across discipline areas
  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • Research culture
  • Climate emergency

Please note that project funding will only be awarded where there is an identified gap in provision. We will not fund purely social activities as there are other opportunities to do these within the University and Students’ Union. Read further information about projects.

What can the money be used for?

Students can request funding of up to £250, £500, £750 or £1,000 to support the delivery of their project. In the expression of interest form you will be asked how much funding you are likely to need.

Funding usually covers costs such as:

  • resources for events and activities
  • external speaker fees and/or travel
  • catering

Please note you cannot request funding for yourself to run the project.

What can I gain from the scheme?

You will gain invaluable experiences for your personal and career development. The scheme can also help to further develop your skills in the key areas of:

  • leadership
  • project management
  • researching
  • communication

You will have concrete examples in all these areas to reference in job applications and interviews, as well as the opportunity to positively contribute to the student experience.

How do I get involved?

All you (or you and a group of your peers) need is an idea about how to make a change that will have a positive and meaningful impact in at least one of the areas listed above. Complete a short Expression of Interest form about your plans for the project and then, if approved, a staff mentor will support you to create an action plan and get underway. Your mentor will stay in regular contact with you throughout the project and you can reach out to them if needed.

Have any questions?

If you have any initial questions before submitting an expression of interest please email your staff contact:

  • Engineering & Design UG/PGT students – Sarah Stead
  • Humanities and Social Sciences UG/PGT students – Amy Childe
  • Science UG/PGT students – Kate Campbell
  • Management UG/PGT students – Claire Martin
  • all doctoral students – Oli Schofield

Sign up to a Student Change Project

Complete your Expression of Interest form