Students from the School of Management have taken part in this year's Rotork Challenge, which sees groups connect with a charity partner to complete a project.
A huge thank you to all of the students who volunteered to take part in this year's Rotork challenge by supporting charities with a variety of fundraisers, projects, and events. An amazing number of challenges were completed, and we wanted to take some time to highlight some of the achievements of the students, all made on behalf of charitable organisations. The Rotork challenge is sponsored by Bath-based FTSE 250 engineer Rotork and involves local charities setting challenges for School of Management students to complete within a certain timeframe.
The SU Volunteering team works in collaboration with Student Experience Officers from the School of Management by connecting charities to student groups, delivering training, and offering support to both students and charities throughout the projects. Students have 8 weeks to complete the challenge set by the charity, which could be a fundraiser, a social media campaign, an event or any other project that would be feasible in this timeframe. At the end of the project, the group with the most votes from the panel of judges (which includes staff working in the charity sector, from the University and Rotork), win £500 for their charity.
Students present to a panel of judges
Here are just a few examples of some of the brilliant projects that students completed:
- Held 4 fundraisers for Genesis Trust, raising £560 in person and £268 online
- Created a marketing strategy for the Energy Sparks Twitter feed based on research, increased followers through an in-person stall, and led social media campaign over the 'Big Energy Week'
- Designed a recipe booklet based on donated ingredients for Foodcycle
- Created a promotional video for Homestart, researched crowdfunding platforms and held an awareness-raising stall to direct people to the crowdfunding campaign
- Opened a new Instagram account for Dorothy House Furniture Shop, creating 53 posts, reels and stories which showed engagement by 832 people over 4 weeks
- Created a research questionnaire leading to recommendations for how to increase engagement with young people for the National Trust, Bath Assembly Rooms
- Held bake sale fundraisers, donated by local businesses, raising money for PANDA's Foundation and created a social media campaign to promote the charity
- Held 3 fundraising sales for Fear Less, raising £209
- Held 2 sales for Paul Hodges Trust, raising £348
- Created a promotional video for MenCap
- Sourced 179 donated or cost price items for 1st Impressions health & beauty essentials bags
- Ran a stall for First Steps at Bath Christmas Market (and met the mayor), raising £330
- Filmed a promotional video for Fringe Arts Bath Artist call out
And the winning group:
- Produced a video for Wicked Weather Watch to promote their educational workshops and reviewed and updated their evaluation and feedback forms to include a pre-workshop questionnaire and a post-workshop questionnaire to help collect stronger and comparable data, therefore helping the charity to better evidence their impact when needed in the future, such as for fundraising campaigns and grant applications.
The winning team created a sustainable solution to the Charity's Challenge
If you have an idea for your charity and are interested in finding out more about how to get involved with the 2023 Rotork challenge, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org