Students' Union Fund

SUF 2020-2021 opening dates:

  • Round 1 (open to societies and non societies): Monday 14th of September 2020 at 9am to Monday 5th of October 2020 at 5pm
  • Round 2 (open to societies and non societies): Monday 9th of November 2020 at 9am to Monday 30th of November 2020 at 5pm
  • Round 3 (open to societies and non societies): Monday 18th of January 2021 at 9am to Monday 8th of February 2021 at 5pm
  • Round 4 (open to non societies only): Tuesday 4th of May at 9am to Monday 24th of May 2021 at 5pm

The Students’ Union Fund (SUF) exists to enable LSE students to bring their ideas and initiatives to life in order to positively impact the student community at LSE and wider society.

Applications are now closed. To apply for the next round (deadline TBD), submit your application form, along with any supporting evidence, to su.engagement@lse.ac.uk.

The Representation Team can provide support with your application, however this must be before the deadline. After the deadline has passed, there is no guarantee that you will be able to submit any further information. Please, don’t hesitate to contact us (su.engagement@lse.ac.uk) or ask for a meeting.

What is the criteria?

Project aims:

The panel is looking to support projects impacting the LSE student community, whether on site or online, by:

  • Having an educational effect: This could happen by the project facilitating the development of those involved in the project in some shape or form or by the project developing students’ knowledge or awareness on a given subject.
  • Positively impacting the wellbeing of students: This could happen by having a direct or indirect effect on mental or physical health or making change/supporting campaigns to improve life of LSE students.
  • Being community building: This could happen by bringing people together or by being accessible to a wide range of students.

Target audience:

  • The panel is generally looking to fund activities which effectively reach a large number of students. Inclusion is a core value of the Students’ Union and so your project must consider whether any groups of students may struggle to access it.
  • Restrictions to this criteria are possible under certain circumstances as the panel is keen to also fund projects:
    •  Aimed towards liberation groups (e.g Woment, BME, LGBTQ+ etc.)
    • Engaging students who are frequently underrepresented within LSESU (e.g. postgraduates, international students and PhD students).
  • The panel is looking to fund applications from individual students or groups of students outside of LSESU clubs and societies (even though societies and club applications are also welcomed). Formal affiliation with LSESU is not a prerequisite for application.

General criteria:

  • Student demand: We expect applications to demonstrate an existing need. You may be able to evidence this through direct student feedback or data; however, if not, you should explain why you believe students will want to engage with your proposed event or project.
  • Unique initiative: When possible, the panel is looking to fund activities that demonstrate innovation and don’t replicate existing activity. If you are replicating something that LSESU (or an existing LSESU group) already does or have done in the past, please explain how your project adds unique value.
  • Potential to become financially sustainableand require less or no funding in the future.

=>Please note that your project will be reviewed against all the criteria. It doesn’t need to meet all the criteria to be funded but the more criteria your project matches, the more likely it is to be funded.

Budgeting:

  • There isn’t a minimum amount you can request. The maximum award is £15,000 (or £5000 for a one day event), however the decision making panel retains the right to approve a lower amount than is requested. You will also need to show that the amount requested is realistic.
  • Your application form should be specific regarding which expenses you would like the Students’ Union Fund to pay for if you are successful with your application. This will help us to structure the funding effectively.

Important additional information (please read through):

  • Catering: If you are requesting money for refreshments then this should not exceed 30% of the money you request from the SUF. Please note that if your event is in the LSESU building (Saw Swee Hock Student Centre) you will need to use the SU’s catering service rather than an external provider.
  • Security/ technical support: If you wish to use our venue or LSE venue, there may be additional security/technical support requirements that you must factor into your budget (£12/hour/staff).
  • Accomodation:Accommodation will only be funded if it is 3-stars or under or if you can evidence that you have chosen an AirBnB (or equivalent) that is of average price for the location.
  • Travel: Travel will be funded if it is via second class train or coach. Flights will only be funded if there is no feasible alternative and must be Economy.
  • Group trips: Please note that the SUF can fund a maximum of half of the total cost of a student group trip. Please consider sharing LSESU’s Participation Fund to the students in your group if they experience any financial barriers to participating in your event or project [https://www.lsesu.com/advice/participation-fund/]
  • Restrictions:Please note that the fund cannot be used to pay any kind of gifts or prizes (even for speakers during a seminar).

Support:

LSESU can offer a variety of non-financial support to help you with your project. This will depend on staff capacity, and whether you are applying on behalf of a LSESU sports club or society, however it might include:

  • Operational support: This covers administrative tasks, such as booking rooms. Depending on availability we may be able to offer you space within our building to hold your event. We may not always be able to accommodate your booking requests as we have a large amount of space requests to accommodate, but we will support you to deliver your project in the most feasible way.
  • Communications: If you would like to advertise your event, our Communication team may be able to promote it via our social media channels. In order to log a Comms support request, you must complete an online form, the details of which will be given to you if your project is approved.
  • Advice and guidance: The Student Funds and Projects Coordinator can provide advice on your application and signpost you to more specialist support if required (for example, if you’re trying to reach out to a particular group or you have specific event requirements.

Important information:

If you are applying to the Students' Union Fund on behalf of a LSESU club or society, you must still work with the Sports or Societies Team as usual if your project is funded by the panel. This means completing all usual processes and working with the Sports or Societies Team to deliver your event or project.

What's next?

Your application will be reviewed by our team before being presented to the Funding Panel which makes the final decision. Please note that you might be contacted before the panel meeting if more information is needed to review your project.

Composition of the Funding Panel

General Secretary (Chair)

Activities and Development Officer

Community and Welfare Officer

Education Officer

Postgraduate Students Officer

LSE Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Student Funds and Projects Coordinator (Advisory)

The Process

  • Student completes application form and obtains any supporting evidence.
  • Representation Team provides support/requests further information if time allows (i.e. if submitted in advance of the deadline).
  • After the deadline all applications that meet the basic criteria will be submitted to the Funds Panel.
  • Funds Panel decides which applications to accept and any further information that is required.
  • Representation Team liaise between the Panel and students to provide required information. Any subsequent decisions to be made by the panel via email or chairs actions.

Appeals

You may appeal a decision not to refer your application to the Funds Panel by contacting the Representation Manager. Any decision made by the Funds Panel will be final.