Student Community Fund 2023/24

The School of Health in Social Science Student Community Fund aims to encourage and support activities which contribute to the enhancement of taught students’ professional, personal and career development, bringing together members of the academic community in inspiring and creative ways

Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and staff in the School of Health in Social Science are welcome to apply for funding of up to £200.

For semester 2 of 2023-24, the fund has been widened. It is now open to applications from PGR students as well as taught students.


The fund aims to support initiatives that contribute to and benefit the wider academic community in the School of Health in Social Science, by

  • fostering links between taught students and/or between taught students and staff
  • enhancing students' transferable skills, and/or
  • helping students develop personally, academically and professionally, and/or
  • encouraging students to access central services and resources.

The scheme will not support initiatives that

  • only benefit an individual student
  • relate to core teaching which subject area budgets should cover
  • only further the research interests of academic staff without benefits to students.

The scheme will not fund activities such as student attendance at discipline specific conferences, language courses, or any other item which is classified as research costs or training pertaining to an individual student’s studies.

Examples of successful initiatives
  • A workshop for students on Network Meta-Analysis
  • A workshop for students on developing skills in working with third sector administrative data
  • Mindfulness classes
  • A workshop on Grounded Theory
  • A Childhood Adversity and Resilience event
  • A postgraduate led Nursing Now workshop

Fund administration

The last date for applications is 30 April 2024.

Applications will be reviewed in submission date order: first come, first served, until all funds are allocated.  

Activities or events must take place and all funds be spent by 30 June 2024. 

There is a funding limit of £200 on each individual bid.

Please note, grants are not awarded in cash. 

The Student Experience Team will order supplies and arrange payment of invoices using University approved suppliers. Setting up new suppliers may not be possible, especially at short notice. Please discuss your requirements with the team at least 4 weeks in advance of your event or activity:

When available, supplies can be collected from the School Reception and Student Support Office, 1st floor, Doorway 6, Old Medical School.

How to apply

The last date for applications is 30 April 2024.

Complete the application form and email your proposal to

  • In no more than 500 words describe your proposed initiative and how it addresses the aims of the fund, as detailed above.
  • Describe how it would contribute to building community within the School of Health in Social Science.
  • Provide a detailed plan and costing of how the funds requested will be used.

For example, if you plan to deliver a School wide workshop, include who will facilitate the session, your target audience, communications and marketing plan with costs, venue, possible time and dates, software / audio visual / supplies needed and costs.

Proposals without a full breakdown of costs will not be considered.  

If you would like to discuss your idea before applying, please contact Catherine Johnston or Graeme Mcfeely at


All funding recipients are required to submit a brief report within two weeks of the initiative taking place. The report may be shared with funders and School management. It may also be used in promotional materials on the School website and social media channels.