Students who make a difference
As well as looking outwards, we have profound strengths within. The importance of students is reflected in our outstanding performance in the National Student Satisfaction Survey.
We see our students not only as consumers but as producers of knowledge, creativity and impact. For example, Sheffield Volunteering and Sheffield Raising and Giving (RAG), both run by the Students' Union, help our students make a difference in the local community.
Sheffield Volunteering is one of the largest programmes of its kind in the UK. It is a model of best practice and holds the new Sheffield Volunteer Standard.
Our community projects are created and run by students. They provide vital support networks within the community and offer services that otherwise would not exist.
An example is the English society's For the Love of Books project. Their poetry classes in local sheltered housing have has successfully helped to reduce social isolation and improve the health and welfare of many older people.
Sheffield RAG exists to help students raise funds for charitable causes. RAG’s priority is the local community. Last year 82% of funds raised were donated to charities in the local South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire area.
The RAG Committee organises a programme of fundraising events and activities for students to take part in throughout the academic year. Their sister committee Bummit organises an annual UK hitchhike as well as an international charity hitchhike. RAG also supports societies, sports clubs, working committees, groups and individuals to fundraise for the charities they choose through projects such as the Adopt-a-Charity scheme.
We also won the Duke of York's Community Initiative Award – a first for any university. This was for projects including Philosophy in the City (run by students in the Department of Philosophy); student mentoring of young people from deprived areas; activities for children who have experienced family loss; and a centre offering free legal support to the community.