Alumni Foundation Case Studies

Student Activities

Nature Network

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in February 2015
  • Awarded £850

The Nature Network is a collective of Students’ Union societies and committees that aims to improve collaboration between the University’s environmental groups and initiatives. In March 2015, Nature Network Sheffield staged its ambitious debut event, the 'Peaks and City Takeover', comprising a programme packed with activities revolving around the core values of conservation and sustainability.

Based across the Peak District and city of Sheffield, the weekend was enjoyed not only by our own students but by new friends from the University of Nottingham and the many local community members who helped make it happen. Thanks to a grant from the Alumni Foundation, Nature Network was able to screen the critically acclaimed film 'Project Wild Thing' and host an inspiring speech from James Borrell, a conservation biologist. Over the weekend, thirty participants volunteered their time to five different local community groups as well as banding together to assist the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's rangers at Blacka Moor nature reserve in a taskforce much larger than what is normally possible.

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Funny You Should Ask (FYSA) Theatre Company

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in February 2015
  • Awarded £750

FYSA Theatre used the £750 grant from the Alumni Foundation to fund their national tour of The 56 from March to May 2015. With the grant the company were able to enter the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) and meant that the cast and crew received dedicated feedback from an industry professional.

As a result, the show was selected for a weeklong festival of the best student theatre. This opportunity exposed the show to a much wider audience and allowed students to meet and work with professionals from the theatre industry. The grant also helped to cover the costs of publicity and insurance for the show as well as venue hire for the preview performance. The tour raised the profile of the university’s dramatic societies as well as developing key skills for all those involved such as theatre production, budgeting and event organisation. 

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Forge TV

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in February 2014
  • Awarded £750

Thanks to a grant from the Alumni Foundation, Forge TV was able to purchase a new broadcast camera and streaming equipment. With this equipment the society improved their coverage of the Students’ Union elections hugely, running student debates and also debates in the run up to the general election. With this money the society was also able to live stream a number of events including the Activities and Sports Awards; benefiting students across the Union. The broadcasts are now in HD, which has improved the quality of videos and allows them to compete with professional TV stations. This equipment has helped to educate members on the technology involved in live broadcasts and has enabled many to develop impressive new skills, which will be useful in media careers post-graduation.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Society

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in February 2014
  • Awarded £400

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Society offers students a chance to participate in the nationally recognised award and develop skills through volunteer work, completing expeditions and carrying out skills based activities. At the University of Sheffield, the society offers students the chance to gain their gold award and as such participate in two, four day expeditions in wild and adventurous terrain.

The £400 grant allowed the Club to carry out essential health and safety training and hire Mountain Leaders, crucial for the completion of the expeditions. With the help of the Alumni Foundation the society organised their first expedition to the Peak District, which involved hiking 80km with full kit (including food, cooking utensils and camping equipment) and navigating without technology over different types of terrain.