by Sarah Musgrave and Sophie-Louise Hyde
Loughborough Students Rag raised over £1.4million pounds during 2011-12 whilst still ensuring that volunteer satisfaction was of key importance to the section.
As Student Fundraising Organisations or Rags (as they are most commonly known), increasingly raise millions of pounds for their chosen charities all across the country each year, it is not surprising that the organisation, their Rag Chair or Manager, and the students involved within the sections, are having to become more business-minded. However, it is with this moment of change in mind that one must ask the question that all Rag Chairs and Committee Members of university charity sections have come to fear: ‘What is more important – the amount of money you raise or the satisfaction of your volunteers?’ Of course the answer might be obvious to you, but in the world of fundraising where competition is fierce and to be best in the field, a keen eye on the finances of your organisation is needed, it can and has been, a tricky question for some.
A generation of boys is turning its back on university in the wake of the rise in tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year, according to UK figures released today.
Final figures for this year’s university intake, published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), show a 54,000 slump – 13 per cent down on the previous year (higher than earlier predictions).
A breakdown showed that the gender gap in entrants had reached an all-time high with the fall in the entry rate being four times higher for men than women.
by Cara Pleym
Intern at Bloom VC
As a young skint student myself, I can empathise with printing 4 pages per sheet because you can’t afford any more paper or ink, and giving up on the diet because let’s face it, it’s cheap and gives us an excuse to fuel study sessions with sugar. I also know what it’s like to pray for pay day and beg your mum for an extra tenner for ‘uni supplies’. There’s a lot that we have to give up and put to one side for our studies, but thanks to the revolution of crowdfunding, your ideas are no longer one of them!
The Scottish Government has announced new university places which will see 2000 additional places in total, including 1700 places for widening access and for college students moving to university (see note 1). The new places are worth £10m and follow NUS Scotland’s campaigning work to see fairer access to higher education in Scotland.
Increasing places for widening access and college students moving to university were key recommendations of NUS Scotland’s Unlocking Scotland’s Potential (note 2) report released this summer.
Thousands of students will march through the streets of London to stand up for their future. With a government that is consistently taking students’ futures from them, it is more important than ever that your voice is heard.
Education is being compromised for a large majority of young people now and in the future with real terms cuts in schools, more privatisation for schools becoming academies, added competition from a growing population, increased day to day assessment and pay freezes and unemployment ahead for many teachers in UK schools and sixth form colleges.
A post by recently successful crowdfunder, Sarah Bedford of Durham University, on what she learned about crowdfunding through her own campaign with Hubbub. What can you learn from Sarah’s experience?
NUS has responded to a new party political broadcast by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, in which he apologised for signing NUS’ pledge on tuition fees prior to the 2010 general election.