We want everyone who comes to York to reach their potential – not just academically but also as employable, active and creative individuals who can fully participate in the community.
Our students develop valuable skills and learn to work across cultures because of your support. Small grants and awards can make a world of difference to our students and communities.
Here are some examples of projects you have supported in the last year:
Shortlisted for NUS campaign of the year, Nightsafe student volunteers have been praised by North Yorkshire Police for their work in looking after vulnerable students in York’s City Centre. Your support through a YuFund grant of £2,000 helped them to expand by covering the costs of increasing volunteer numbers. As well as helping to protect students on nights out, volunteers benefit from personal and professional development. From problem solving to leadership, these skills and experience will help them in their future careers.
Student-run organisation York Union’s lively programme of engaging talks, interviews and debates enhances the intellectual life and profile of the University of York. With flair and ability they have secured big names in politics, law, business, journalism and the arts, traditionally monopolised by the ‘golden triangle’ institutions. Your support allowed YuFund to grant the group £600, which has helped them to make York a strong hub for political and topical debate. Students and the wider community from inside and outside York are able to discuss pressing issues in a constructive, lively and stimulating environment.
Caving and Pothole Club
New training facilities for this popular society have doubled its capacity to teach new members and enabled the club to start growing again after restricted activity. Thanks to a grant of £2,345 the club can retain its status as one of the leading university caving clubs in the country! The new anchor installation facilities have been crucial in attracting new members, but also benefit more experienced cavers by widening the variety of techniques that can be practiced, preparing them better for scenarios which could occur underground.
Central Hall Musical Society
A grant of £1,000 contributed to the 5 star reviews for the Central Hall Musical Society’s flagship show, Sweet Charity. This 70-strong team of students featured dancers, singers and musicians, as well as production and promotion teams. For many students, involvement in a show of this calibre provides great experience across a range of skills and is often a springboard into a career in the theatre or event management.