Bristol su recognised with queen’s award for volunteering

39% of students gave their time to voluntary projects in 2016, which amounted to a staggering 100,000 hours.

They volunteered on projects ranging from sustainability initiatives to working with children with disabilities, young carers and isolated older people in the community.

In recognition of this Bristol SU was awarded the Queen’s Award for Volunteering. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise valuable hard work in their communities, and we are the only Students’ Union to receive this award.

launched equality and diversity careers week

Bristol SU teamed up with the Bright Network to organise a week of workshops, panels and networking events with a focus on building up the skills, opportunities and connections to support people from disadvantaged or marginalised communities in finding employment. We are working with the Careers Service to deliver a similar event this year, making it sustainable and ensuring it keeps happening year on year.

university accommodation bursaries available to students in halls

Bristol SU lobbied the University for more affordable accommodation for all students resulting in accommodation bursaries of £1,000 per annum available to students if they are living in University allocated buildings.

Following a successful pilot, funding to support the initiative increased to support more students to afford their housing.

Work continues to make the bursary more accessible to students, and to contact student pro-actively if they are eligible.