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Alumni Fund grants £22,000 to special projects

The Alumni Fund exists to enhance the student experience at the University of Bath. Thousands of former graduates have given towards the fund, which last year raised £130,000. About half of the money raised is used for scholarships. The remainder is used to support projects which create opportunities for students, promote enterprise and innovation, and enhance the student experience. Decisions are made by a panel of alumni donor representatives, student representatives and staff at meetings held three times a year.

At the first meeting of 2008-09 held during the Christmas break, the panel awarded grants totalling £22,000 to eight projects.

  • URB Student Radio Station was awarded a grant to purchase a professional-quality "roving reporter" package to allow a reporter in the field to talk live on air from anywhere on or off campus, making a huge difference to coverage of university and city events.
  • LINKS, the St John's Ambulance Society, was awarded a grant to purchase new radio sets to enable them to provide effective first-aid cover at campus events.
  • The Bath University Boat Club which has enjoyed a huge increase in membership this year received a grant to purchase a new set of oars to enable all the new teams to have more time on the river.
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering was given a grant towards the costs of entering the Formula Student racing car to the International Formular Student Championships in Germany.
  • The Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology was given a grant towards the purchace of a SimMan patient simulator (to be available on completion of the redevelopment of 5West L1)
  • A group of PhD students in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences were awarded a grant towards the costs of setting up a national Governance Research Network in conjunction with a forthcoming doctoral workshop.
  • The Students' Union Enterprise Department were awarded a grant to provide a projector and screen for use in presentations and meetings in the Enterprise Resource Centre.
  • The Students' Union was awarded a grant to enable them to provide new recycling facilities in and around the Students' Union building.

The next deadline for applying for an Alumni Fund project grant is Friday 27th March - if you know of a project which creates opportunities for students, promotes enterprise and innovation, or enhances the student experience, then please visit to find out more about how to apply.