Support from the SU

Getting support from the SU for a campaign you wish to run is easier than you think! If you can justify that it will create a change and can show that it has support from students, the SU will try to support you as much as it can. If you wish to discuss your campaign idea with the SU email the Campaigns Coordinator on sucampaigns@bath.ac.uk. They will help you write up a plan on how you can create that change, as well as support you in focusing on the issue you wish to fix and help you create a series of activities that will meet your desired aim. Check out the page on effective campaigning to find out good campaigning practice and the resources page that has some documents to help plan and execute your campaign, including a template action plan. 

Campaigns Budget

What is the Campaign Budget?

The Campaigns Budget is available to any University of Bath student, group of students or affiliated SU group. The Campaigns Budget exists to help facilitate campaigns on campus, in the local area, nationally or internationally. They can also be used to support a piece of passed policy that requires a campaign. If you wish to apply for this budget, please contact the Campaigns Coordinator so that they can help you with the submission process. 

What can the money not be used for?

The purpose of this fund is to create positive change for students at the University of Bath. Therefore this budget is not appropriate for:

  • Campaigns that don’t affect students
  • Not within the powers of the SU to do (Ultra Vires)
  • Won’t create some kind of change in policy, practices or behaviours. 

The campaign must demonstrate that it will have an impact on the student body.  This budget is also open to student groups as well, however it cannot be used to purchase any equipment, training or socials. Nor can this money be used as donations to any external bodies or persons. 

Ultra Vires

Students’ Unions can only support campaigns that are within the powers of the SU to do. This means that the SU will not be legally able to work on campaigns that don’t have an impact on the students studying at the University of Bath. Campaigns that request a budget must hit at least one of the below criteria:

  • Related to students education
  • Related to student development
  • Related to the student experience

If you have any questions on this, please contact us and we can help explain it to you or help set up or adapt your campaign that the SU can support. 

Policy

If a policy has been passed and requires some kind of campaign activity, this fund can be used to support that area of policy. The policy itself should not include terms to mandate the use of this fund, as the allocation process is done on a separate impact case basis, but if a student wishes to run a campaign on a piece of passed policy an application can be submitted; this follows the same process as all other applications. 

How is the decision made on funding campaigns?

The SU will endeavour to fully support student led activity as much as is feasible and possible. If there is scope for funding of a campaign we will try to if possible. If you wish to make your bid as successful as possible, we look at key themes that you can tailor your bid on. 

Impact: Your campaign should demonstrate that it has some impact on the student experience. Can you show that the campaign will have a discernible influence on student lives and the student experience?

Student Numbers: You should also demonstrate what amount of students who will be impacted by your campaign, and what type of students. A campaign doesn’t have to effect all students! If you can demonstrate an impact to particular students that is just as important!

Evidence of Support: Your campaign should also have some research behind it. Is there sufficient support from students that the change you wish to create is desirable? Is there evidence that the campaign is needed? Using statistics is very helpful to show this, as well as any activity that has been taken by students either locally or nationally. 

Effective campaign planning: Have you got a solid plan in place to run your campaign? What experience do you have in running campaigns or have you attend any campaign training sessions? Showing that you have written a campaign action plan and done some preliminary research into the campaign topic is also helpful. 

Next Steps

If you wish to submit a bid for the campaigns budget, fill in the application form and submit it to the Campaigns Coordinator on sucampaigns@bath.ac.uk. If you want to discuss if you can apply, if a budget is required for your campaign, or if you just want some advice and support, please contact the campaigns coordinator who will help you with your campaign.