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Alumni Fund grants £25k 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.

The third meeting of 2008-09 was held recently, and the Panel awarded grants totalling £25,037 to seventeen projects.

    • The Department of Computer Science has been given funds to develop an extra-curricular course to support more able students. The funds will be used to purchase equipment used to create mini applications (applets) for use on mobile phones.
    • The Cancer Research Network were given the funds to help set up an event for all staff, postgraduates and undergraduate students working in cancer research.
    • Bath Rag had lost many of their rubber ducks used in the annual duck race but have now received funds to purchase 1000 new ducks. They will also have new raids costumes to continue their good work.
    • The Futsal Club will be representing the University at the 6th European Futsal Championship; they are one of the first universities in England to have qualified at this level. They have received a grant to help them achieve their potential.
    • The Academic Representation Centre has been given the funds to purchase enough hoodies for each department’s academic rep to have one. These will make the reps more visible to both students and staff alike.
    • The Students’ Union Activities office have been awarded a grant to purchase a ten-foot trailer box which can be used by the many sports clubs that need to transport sizable amounts of equipment (e.g. Surfboards, Wind/Kite surfing boards, mountain bikes) for competitions or weekend trips.
    • Bath University Guide and Scouts were awarded a grant to purchase a replacement ten-man tent; they can now offer more students the opportunity to go camping – whatever the weather.
    • Freshers’ Week organisers have been given the funds to purchase a marquee which will be used during various events and will provide a focal point for our newest students
    • PhotoSoc have been awarded a grant to purchase a digital SLR camera for use by its members.
    • The Students’ Union Activities office have received a grant to purchase two wall mounted glass trophy cabinets, to be displayed in the Blues Café, and will be the perfect place to show off all the trophies and achievements our remarkable students achieve.
    • The Kickboxing club were awarded a grant to purchase new sparring equipment and focus pads.
    • The Snowsports Society has been given the funds to purchase proper servicing gear and safety equipment.
    • The Chess and Board Games Society were given the funds to buy a giant outdoor chessboard to be used in various locations around campus and in the city centre.
    • The Hockey Club, one of the largest sporting clubs at Bath, will soon be the new owners of a ball keeping machine after they were awarded a grant to help with keeper training.
    • Bath University Music Production Society has been given the funds to purchase a pair of professional quality microphones. Now they will be able to produce all recordings to a much higher quality
    • The Kite/Windsurfing Club were given an award to purchase land training equipment, beginners’ equipment and to help the club advance at competition level.
    • The Department of Sports Development have received funds to help elite athletes attend world level competitions.

The next deadline for applying for an Alumni Fund project grant is Friday 14 December- if you know of a project which creates opportunities for students, promotes enterprise and innovation, or enhances the student experience, then please visit http://alumni.bath.ac.uk/grants to find out more about how to apply.