The Fund is intended to support faith and belief based activities which celebrate the diversity of the University community and further understanding, dialogue and respect between student groups and communities within the wider University setting.
Applications will be accepted from affiliated Clubs and Societies, sports clubs, volunteer groups and officers of the University of Strathclyde Students Union (SSU). Joint applications from more than one group will also be accepted, as will applications where a student group will be working in partnership with other organisations, provided those organisations operate on a not-for-profit basis and the aims of the event and groups involved is aligned to the purpose of the fund.
Applications should be for activities which meet at least one of the following criteria in order to be considered for funding:
- The promotion of understanding and celebration of the culture of one or more communities or faith groups with a connection to the University of Strathclyde.
- Encouraging dialogue between communities and faith groups on campus.
- Celebrating the connectedness of Strathclyde to the wider community of Glasgow, Scotland and the world.
In the context of this document, “community” includes any group which shares a cultural identity on the basis of shared ethnicity, nationality, faith, origin or social identification.
Applications must be made in the manner specified by the Fund Panel and described in the section below “Making an Application”.
Eligibility to make an application is not a guarantee that funding will be provided.
Level of Funding
The Fund will normally consider awards between the value of £500 and £1000. Consideration will be given to larger awards, funds permitting, where such an award may be justified by the scale and reach of the proposed activity, and the range of student groups involved.
Making an Application
Applications must be made on the appropriate form and submitted to the designated SSUofficer by the deadline for the appropriate semester. Applications will be considered once per semester, and the deadline for applications will be advertised on the SSU web pages.
It is recommended that applicants seek advice from SSU about the content of their application before making a final submission.
The panel will assess each application and make a decision on three aspects:
- Whether the Fund should make an award.
- The level of award to be made
- Advice to be given to the applicants and any conditions that should specifically be attached to the award.
Applications will be considered against the following criteria:
- The extent to which the activity effectively addresses one or more of the eligibility criteria described above.
- The scale of anticipated participation in the activity in relation to the funding requested.
- The extent to which students and staff who are not already connected to the applicant club or society are likely to benefit and how this will be facilitated or encouraged. This includes accessibility for participants with disabilities, appropriate advertising and timing and location of the event.
- The extent to which the proposed activity demonstrates one or more of the five University Values (https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/values/ )
- The viability of the proposed activity including the extent to which the applicants have sought sponsorship, financial or other, from alternative sources.
- Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate collaboration and dialogue between communities.
Applicants may be invited to attend the selection panel meeting to discuss their application or the application may be considered on papers.
The Panel will endeavour to support as many meritorious applications as is practical but it is recognised that activities will need sufficient funding in order to be successful. In some cases the Panel may also make recommendations to applicants about adjustments to their funding model or the scope and range of their proposed activity.
Applicants will be notified in writing of the panel’s decision within one week of the relevant meeting. The panel may make a provisional decision pending further clarification or information from the applicants.
General provisions and conditions
- Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the funded activity on a prescribed form provided by SSU. The content of that report will normally include detailed accounts, a description of the activity, level of participation, and an evaluation. Reports can include video submissions, photographs and any other appropriate audio-visual material.
- Applications for activities which will facilitate personal financial gain for participants will not be considered.
- Funding will not be considered for activities that involve an overtly political element such as the promotion of a particular political party.
- Proposed events must abide by the SSU Equal Opportunities policy. Funding will not be considered for any activity which in the Panel’s view is likely to contravene the University’s general code of conduct for students, or may bring the University into disrepute.
- The fund is not available to support activities that are intended to seek or make converts to a faith or belief.
The Selection Panel
The selection panel will comprise:
- SSU Vice President Volunteering and Development
- SSU Vice President Diversity
- A member of SSU staff
- SSU Students of Faith Officer
- The Student Support and Wellbeing Manager
- The Equality and Diversity Manager
- A representative of Alumni and Development
It will be chaired by one of the SSU elected officers listed.
The panel will:
- meet once per semester to consider applications.
- consider applications to the fund in line with the process described below
- manage the fund appropriately taking account of expected levels of application and available resources
- from time to time consider the terms of reference for the fund and amend them accordingly by majority vote
Application and award process
SSU affiliated clubs, groups and societies should submit an application form (provided by SSU) to the relevant SSU officer by the deadline advertised for the relevant semester. SSU staff and elected officers will review the applications and if appropriate may give feedback to applicants for the clarification of aspects of their application ahead of consideration by the Panel.
The panel will consider applications and may conclude the following:
- To make an award of part or all of the amount requested.
- To make a provisional award pending clarification of further information or fulfilment of other conditions, for example securing match funding.
- To reject the application
Where the full amount is not awarded, a reason for refusal or reduced award should be provided to the applicants.
Awards will be made available through the SSU process for funding club and society activity.
Awards may be considered for activities occurring at any point in the academic year and may include payment of an award to fund activities commencing in the next academic year but before that year’s awards process.