Hands Up! 

 

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Hands Up is made up of charitable donations from alumni (graduates) of the University for the purpose of funding projects that are innovative and have an immediate impact on the student experience. All current students are eligible to apply for up to £2,000 for their project, with applications opening annually at the beginning of term.

Applications for 2016 are now closed.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly.

 

How does it work?

Hands Up is a pot of £20,000 which has been charitably donated to the University by alumni. The fund is open to all students (individuals and groups) for applications of up to £2,000 to support student led projects that are innovative and have a positive impact of the student community.

Students wishing to apply must fill in an online application form. Individual applicants or groups not affiliated to the Guild of Students or UBSport must have the support of a Staff Advocate. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of alumni and senior University staff. The panel will then decide which projects receive funding. Several projects will also be given the chance to double their money (DoubleUoBMoney) and will be asked to submit a video detailing why they should be awarded double funding. Videos are then uploaded to YouTube and shared across social media with the video with the most 'likes' winning the additional funding.

All successful applicants will be asked to provide a thank you to our alumni donors and a full report of their project. 

Personal Skills Award

Undergraduate students who apply for Hands Up funding are able to claim PSA points. Visit the Personal Skills Award webpages for more information.

Criteria

To be considered for funding, your project must clearly demonstrate:

  • That the project is a new idea
  • That it is student-led
  • That it enhances the student experience or has a benefit to the student community
  • That it offers an unique and innovative opportunity to students
  • That it is unable to be funded in any other way
  • The ability to recognise alumni generosity
  • Commitment to provide an evaluation of the project after its completion showing how funding was spent and the impact it has had
  • Commitment of a staff advocate (if not affiliated to the Guild or UBSport)

Terms and conditions

  • This money has been charitably donated to the University by alumni and all projects funded must reflect the spirit of this generosity and the ethos of the University
  • We reserve the right to consider the likely expectations of charitable donors about the use of their donation, and will not fund projects that could negatively impact on our future fundraising. We would not, for example, usually fund proselytising activities
  • Funding cannot be used with the sole aim of directly supporting another charitable cause
  • Funding cannot be used to cover the cost of catering or alcohol
  • Only one application will be funded per group/team/individual
  • If you were awarded funding through Hands Up in 2015/16 and did not complete your project, you are not eligible to apply in 2016/17

Key Dates and events

Monday 19 September 2016 - Applications Open. 

Welcome Week - we will be at the societies and sports fair during Welcome Week so look out for us if you have any questions!

Wednesday 28 September, Hands Up Idea Generation Session, Nuffield G18, 2-3pm - Hands Up Idea Generation session hosted by Careers Network. More information can be found on the intranet.

Thursday 29 September, Drop in advice session, Harvey Milk Room, Guild of Students 2-4pm - Speak to staff from the Hands Up team about your application and get hints and tips on how to fill out your form.

Tuesday 4 October, Drop in advice session, Harvey Milk Room, Guild of Students 2-4pm - Speak to staff from the Hands Up team about your application and get hints and tips on how to fill out your form.

Thursday 6 October, Drop in advice session, 12-1pm -Speak to staff from the Hands Up team about your application and get hints and tips on how to fill out your form.

Monday 10 October 2016, 9am - Applications Close

Week Commencing 17 October 2016  - Shortlist Announced

Friday 21 October 2016 - Shortlist pitch to panel

Week Commencing 24 October 2016 - Successful applicants announced

Friday 28 April 2017 - Spending Deadline

Friday 9 June 2017 - Reports Deadline

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Information for Staff Advocates

Background of the scheme

Hands Up is a pot of £20,000 which has been charitably donated to the University by Birmingham alumni. The fund is open to all students (individuals and groups) for applications of up to £2,000 to support student led projects which are innovative and have a positive impact of the student community.

Launched in 2014, Hands Up has funded more than 30 student lead projects, from mental health badminton to the building of a robot. Read more about projects funded in the past in our resources section.

How it works

Following a set of criteria, students apply for up to £2,000 via an online application form. Shortlisted applicants are then invited to pitch their idea to a panel of alumni and university staff who agree on the distribution of funding. The panel will also choose several projects to bid to double their money. These students will be asked to submit a video showcasing why they should win the additional money. Videos will then be shared on our social media channels with the video receiving the most ‘likes’ winning the additional funding.

To ensure that the funding is accessible to all students, some projects require a member of staff to act as an advocate. Students who apply to Hands Up either individually or as a group not affiliated to UBSport or the Guild of Students must provide the name of a staff advocate who can oversee the projects funding and expenditure.

As a staff advocate you will:

  • Be a University budget holder and signatory
  • Hold any successful grants in your budget element 2 code
  • Oversee and authorise expenditure
  • Provide your element 2 code once funding has been allocated. The funds will be made available to you in an FSX distribution account under your local element 2 code - any unspent funds will be removed automatically at the end of the financial year.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the project meets University health and safety requirements and risk regulations and University financial regulations

For any further queries please email Fiona Newell, Gift Accounting Officer: f.newell@bham.ac.uk

Projects funded in 2015

Bicycle Recycle Scheme - Rebecca Bird

A scheme to upcycle abandoned bikes on campus which can then be distributed to students in need of one.

Buddy Scheme - History of Art

Funded trips to art galleries across the UK to strengthen the buddy scheme between first and second year History of Art students.

Developing a Global Community; Fighting the Refugee Cause - Freedom from Torture

A day of workshops, debates and talks regarding the refugee crisis across Europe.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival - A Capella Society

Funding to help the society travel to and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Equipment Stability Programme - UB Archery 

With success of the team being tied to the quality of equipment, new bows were funded for the UB Archery.

Eurobot Competition - UBRobotics

Funding to build and enter a robot into the Eurobot Competition in London.

Experience the Music Industry - New Street Records

A project which enables the society to oganise a careers event for their members and funding for professional recording sessions in studio.

Fusor Project - Sam Powell-Gill

The build and showcase of a nuclear fusor.

Let's Talk about Sex - Women's Association

Project providing a series of education workshops on sex positivity and the issues facing young people today.

Mental Health Badminton

Badminton sessions run by and aimed at students with mental health conditions to help reduce the isolation felt by many students.

PPE Forum - PPE Society

Birmingham's first PPE Conference with distinguished guest speakers discussing a range of global issues.

Redbrick Careers - Redbrick Newspaper

Careers project including editorial training for editors of the newspaper, hosting of a careers and networking events and expansion of the careers section of the newspaper to profile successful alumni.

Rome Trip - Birmingham Ancient History, Classic and Archaeology Society (BACAS)

Funding for entry into art galleries in museum while on a society trip to Rome.

Swimming Development Equipment - UB Swimming

Funding to replenish old equipment for the swimming team as well as for a range of coaching sessions, additional pool time and competition entry for all members of the team.

West Midlands League - Handball

Funding to enter the Handball Society into the West Midlands League after a significant increase in membership.

Winter Mountaineering Equipment - Wayfarers Hiking Society

Training and equipment to allow Wayfarers Hiking Society to run trips during the winter months.

Projects funded in 2014

Anthony Nolan Research Lab Trip - Marrow

Battle Re-enactment Equipment - Battle Re-enactment Society

Burn FM Equipment - Burn FM Society

Centre of Alternative Technology trip - Engineers without Borders

Cheerleading Squad Development - UoB Cheerleading

February Football Festival - UoB Football Club

Friendly Competition - Ballroom and Latin American Dance Society

Guild TV Equipment - Guild TV

Inspiring students to begin cycle racing - UoB Cycling Club

Kit-Up and Play - Birmingham Lions Women's American Football Team

PhD Careers Day - Richard Marshall

Rehearsal Keyboard - Gilbert and Sullivan

Selly Oak Play Scheme Trips - Selly Oak Play Scheme

Water bottles - Nightline

Wellbeing Week - LGBTQ

Women in Ice Hockey - Birmingham Lions

Resources

Hints and Tips

Take a look at our Flickr album to see images from past projects

View videos from past panel pitches, Double UoB Money videos and thank you videos to alumni on our YouTube channel 

Branding

If successful, you will be expected to use Hands Up branding in the promotion of your activity. 

Hands Up Logo (JPEG, 980KB)

Contact us

If you have any questions drop us an email or call us on 0121 414 5212 

Make sure you are following us on social media to keep up to date with Hands Up events and activities as well as hints and tips from previous applicants. 

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Use #UoBHandsUp to let us know when you've applied!