The University is using the opportunity of #GivingTuesday to announce which projects its Founding Support Fund will be supporting.
#GivingTuesday started in America and has been supported in the UK since 2014 after the commercial indulgence days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The aim of Giving Tuesday is for the public to consider those in need with charitable donations.
Here in the UK it is led by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) who are offering a £100 welcome bonus when someone opens a personal CAF Charity Account before midnight on 30 November.
Last year #GivingTuesday broke a Guinness World Record for the most online donations in 24 hours, as people gave away £35 million to good causes globally. #GivingTuesday takes place in over 70 countries including the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Tanzania, Russia and Ireland.
Thanks to the generous support of the public and alumni, the University of Suffolk had a Fund totalling £18,000. The University opened applications for donations from the Fund to staff and students. Applications received totalled over £100,000 in requests; these were shortlisted to 17 projects totally over £50,000.
The University is able to announce today the nine projects it was able to support. The judging panel felt they have supported a broad range of areas and that they all offer potential to make a big impact.
The projects are:
- Student Boost – random acts of kindness to increase the health, happiness and wellbeing of students – Students’ Union
- Refurbishment of the Students’ Union Advice Centre – improve the environment for students
- Toolkit to encourage student engagement with creative problem solving – purchase of kit for Learning Services
- Unlocking, Enabling, Regenerating,: University of Suffolk as the Regional Regenerative Medicine Spotlight – support for resources in this area – Faculty of Health and Science
- Interior Architecture and Design in IE Free Range – support for student led activity – Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Sciences
- Student Placement Scheme – to pilot a scheme providing work experience opportunities for students with learning differences within the University – Student Services
- Netball Kit – new kit for the University team
- Entrepreneur Development Programme – joint project between the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and Careers to support the development of student led businesses and ambassadors for the Innovation Centre
- Environmental Improvements to Campus North – provide seating and a common area for social use beneath the Library Building – Estates
Federica Masieri, Course Leader for Regenerative Medicine in the Faculty of Health and Science said "Thanks to the forward thinking vision of our Founders Board, who believed in our proposal, we aim to develop a project that will strengthen our collaboration with the UK Stem Cell Bank. This will in turn unlock research and business potential for the science staff in the Department of Science and Technology, as well as for our Postgraduate and Undergraduate students. We hope that our work will bring positive outcomes for the local businesses, the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and our community at large.”
Annabelle Richardson, Careers & Employability Adviser at the University, said “The University of Suffolk Student Placement Scheme will recruit three students in January 2017 to work initially within Student Services on the Ipswich campus, part time for sixteen weeks. The purpose of the scheme is to enable the students to have an enjoyable real experience and an insight into working within a supportive and nurturing environment. Aimed at students who have had limited opportunities, or limited experience perhaps due to disabilities. Students will be able to reflect and give feedback on how they believe they are doing and also be supported with strategies to increase their confidence and their job seeking skills where necessary.”
David Mullett, Digital Learning Opportunities Manager said “The Department of Learning Services appreciates the opportunity that the Founders Fund has given us by awarding funds to create a student engagement toolkit. This toolkit, consisting of a LEGO Serious Play package and a set of Audience Response Clickers, will aid us in engaging both staff and students to explore their discipline using these innovative and creative methods. We look forward to investigating the different ways these tools can be used together to create rich and exciting learning experiences.”
Sarah Tattersall, Chief Executive of the Students’ Union added “We are delighted to have received funding to refurbish our Advice centre and to offer ‘student boosts’ such as hot drinks, fruit and chocolate to make our students smile at stressful points of the academic year. These projects, combined with the funding for new netball kit will have a positive impact on the health and our wellbeing of our members. We are hugely grateful for this support from the Founders Board.”Sarah Dooley, Sport Projects Manager at the University of Suffolk Students’ Union said “I wish to pass on my sincere thanks to the Founding Support Fund for supporting the Students’ Unions bid to purchase new Netball kit. Our competitive sports teams represent the University while competing in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) across the South East Region. The team are extremely excited and grateful to be supported in this way and cannot wait for the arrival of their new, professional, branded University of Suffolk kit so they can fully represent and advertise the institution they love.”
Celia Edey OBE, Chair of the Foundation Board and Deputy Chair of the University Board, said “We have made a good start, but there is much still to be achieved. I am confident that by increasing awareness of the transformational impact the University can make on its students, on our community and on the economy of our region, we will be able to raise meaningful funds. These funds can then be used to enhance the student experience and broaden the reach of our work. In some cases it may mean the difference between an aspiring student being able to complete their studies or not. By giving to the Foundation Board, each donor will be increasing the ability of the University to make an impact educationally, economically and in research. Together we can make a real difference to the future of our area.”
To donate to the University of Suffolk’s Founding Supporters Fund click here.
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