Make a Change

This year the SU is running a 'Make a Change' training programme to give you the skills to make positive change for students.The 'Make a Change' training programme is designed to better enable you to make a difference. 

To book a session, email with the session you would like delievered, which group you are and what you want to campaign on. 

Effective Campaigning

This session outlines the basic steps in campaign planning, based on the “7 steps to effective campaigning” toolkit. This session will outline effective strategies in planning a campaign and give useful tools and knowledge to help students bring about real change and have a positive impact. This session will also cover how to effectively speak, communicate and involve people within your campaign and how to mobilise support on issues.


Influencing B&NES Council and Local Community

This session will demonstrate the inner workings of the council, from cabinet decisions, Councillors and scrutiny panels. This will also include the breadth of what the council does and who the key players are.This session will include how to influence the council through mobalisation of people through petitions and policy, utilising the decision making structures in the council to achieve campaigning aims. 

Campaigning Through Events

This session is designed to give the tools and knowledge necessary to create positive change through events. This will cover the basics of events planning, effective tools in organizing events and to give attendees the confidence in organizing events in a campaigning setting.

This will cover a broad range of topics such as time-lining, risk assessments, volunteer recruitment and engagement. This session will also include essential tools in communication and how to reach your target audience.

Influencing Through Stories, Messaging & Communication

With so many messages given out to students and the wider public, learning how to effectively cut through this noise to give your campaign a large impact to a wide breadth of people is vitally important.

This session will outline what effective messaging looks like, how campaign groups and political parties use messaging and how to work with the press and media. This will give a particular highlight to how to write press releases and other technical aspects of giving yourself a broad reach with media groups. It will also help you reach audiences through effective use of social media and other communication platforms.

Power in Papers

This session is designed to demonstrate how to write effective pieces of policy to committees, particularly influencing in the formal university committee structure. This session will show what good techniques there are in paper writing, and how to conduct thorough research into issues.

This session will also cover influencing people and presenting a good case for your paper to be adopted. It will also cover how the university hierarchy is structured.


Protests, Demonstrations and Direct Action

This session will outline what forms of direct action can look like, cover how to run protests and how to ensure that these activities meet the aims, objectives and impacts that your campaign seeks to achieve.

This will cover the planning stages of these kind of events and how to ensure that they are safe, secure and effective. This will also cover how to engage people in these types of campaigns.