The impact of donations to the UWE Bristol Fund

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Painting the Bristol Palestine Film Festival mural (project funded by The UWE Bristol Fund)

What is the UWE Bristol Fund?

The UWE Bristol Fund provides hardship grants for students facing severe financial difficulty, and funding for extra-curricular activities through student experience grants. The fund also provides seed funding for community projects involving UWE Bristol staff and students.

Generous donations from alumni and staff make up the fund. The resulting grants make that vital extra bit of difference, and have a lasting positive impact on the wellbeing of recipients. The fund enables experiences that not only transform the quality of the lives of students, but also those in our partner communities.

So, exactly what impact does the fund have?

In the academic year 2021/22…

  • 46 students in financial difficulty were supported with Hardship Grants
  • 10 Student Experience Grants were awarded benefitting 650+ students
  • 9 Community Fund projects were supported with a total of £24,000

In the last year 5 years…

  • 6,000 students in total benefitted from the Fund’s support
  • 295 students have been given in excess of £121,000 through Hardship Grants
  • 49 local community organisations partnered with students and staff
  • 16 community projects focussed on environmental issues
  • An estimated 5,800 students have benefited from Student Experience Grants activities

Seven fund highlights from 2022

All made possible by donations from alumni and supporters.

1. Recipes of St Paul’s

This community art project used art and food to discuss family, culture and community. Students designed and ran creative workshops, a communal meal, mural and book trolley for the children and families that access St Paul’s Adventure Playground.

Artwork produced in workshop and completed mural

“The project showed me how a community can come together to create something and the lasting positive impact that can have. I since secured a paid position at the playground, so I can continue to build relationships and make art with the St Paul’s community.”

Mattie Goddard, BA(Hons) Drama with Theatre Directing student, volunteer spoken word workshop leader at St Paul’s Adventure Playground

2. New kit for UWE Women’s Rugby Union

“The grant that we received to pay for new kit, helped with the next steps into fielding two fully competitive teams, and in creating a long-lasting structure for development within UWE Women’s Rugby Union.”

UWE Women’s Rugby Union, Student Experience fund recipients
UWE Women’s Rugby Team

3. Creating Culture Programme

With the help of a Student Experience Grant, the Students’ Union supported a range of projects aiming to empower UWE Bristol students of colour, explore the rich history of multi-cultural Britain, and celebrate our fantastic diversity of cultures.

World Fiesta Day events formed part of the project, giving an authentic flavour of the cultures we have at UWE Bristol.  Over 200 students attended Asia Day.

Asia Day celebrations on Frenchay Campus

4. Project ReGeneration

A multi-use green area at Barley Close Primary School in Mangotsfield was created through workshops led by UWE students and environmental education specialists WellGood Projects (a venture set up by UWE student Tawny Buck).

The school’s new outdoor resource has been enthusiastically welcomed by staff, students, parents and pupils and consists of an organic food growing area and a nature friendly zone.

The ‘green zone’, it’s growers and produce

5. Bristol Palestine Film Festival Mural

A mural was painted in Stokes Croft in February 2022 by UWE Bristol Fine Art students as part of the Bristol Palestine Film Festival’s (BPFF) Artist in Absence series. The mural marked 11 years of the Bristol Palestine Film Festival, a celebration of Palestinian culture and the power of international solidarity.

Created with the Bristol Mural Collective over a two-day period, the mural was based on an original artwork by the Palestinian artist Malak Mattar from Gaza.

Mural painting on Stokes Croft

“We’re really grateful to receive the funding for the mural project, without which it would not have been able to happen. The students were fantastic and really embraced the experience with enthusiasm.”

Cielle Bragg, BPFF

6. The story of Fem FM

History and Media students joined forces with Sound Women South West to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fem FM, the UK’s first women’s radio station.

The project included the creation of a three-part radio documentary series sharing the story of Fem FM and running two community training workshops. The sessions provided women from disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills and support needed to pursue careers in the radio and broadcasting industries.

UWE students in the recording studio

“We loved every second of it and have learnt many new skills and made connections with people in our relevant career industries which we feel will be invaluable later along the line.”

Libby Sharp, BA(Hons) History student

7. Anniversary draw raises funds for Student Hardship Grants

This year UWE Bristol celebrated 30 years of being a university. We organised a prize draw and 30 fantastic prizes were kindly donated from alumni and the UWE Bristol community.

100% of funds raised from ticket sales (more than £3,500) was donated to the UWE Bristol Fund to support Student Hardship.

How to support

Your donations are crucial if we are to continue to support our students; the next generation of leaders, thinkers and pioneers. Whatever the size, your gift is extremely valuable to us. Find out more about how to support the UWE Bristol Fund.

How to apply

Want to find out more about the UWE Bristol Fund and the funding options available? Visit our UWE Bristol Fund webpage for more details.

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