Win prizes and earn rewards for travelling sustainably around campus

Aerial view of campus

As part of our sustainability strategy, we’ve launched Step Up Sheffield, in collaboration with the BetterPoints app, to offer incentives and rewards for the sustainable journeys you make to and from campus.

Step Up is a joint initiative between our University and Students’ Union to promote sustainability across both organisations looking at large scale changes, but also individual changes to improve our environment.

Transport makes up 33 per cent of UK carbon emissions - more than any other activity. Reducing our reliance on polluting transport methods is vital to tackling the climate emergency and improving air quality. We’re committed to making sustainable and active modes of transport the easiest option when getting to and around campus. This will not only reduce our Scope 3 emissions associated with travel, but also help to improve the health of staff and students.

It’s great that so many staff and students already walk, cycle and use public transport to get to campus. This app is to say thank you and keep up the good work. We also hope that it can encourage more people to leave their cars at home every now and then.

How does it work?

The BetterPoints app allows you to record your active journeys to and from the University. Every time you walk, cycle or use public transport to campus you will earn BetterPoints that can be turned into cash to spend on campus, the high street, or even donate to local good causes and national charities.

You’ll need to sign up to the BetterPoints app using your email address to join the Step Up Sheffield challenge. Once you've signed up and start using the app, you'll have the chance to be entered into regular prize draws with lots of great prizes up for grabs including bikes, ice skating passes, bus tickets, gym passes and event tickets.

Remember, the more sustainable journeys you make by walking, running, cycling and taking public transport, the more chance you have of winning one of the great prizes.

BetterPoints can be exchanged for any hot drink at the Arts Tower Cafe, Jessop Cafe, and View Deli or for high street vouchers such as Amazon, Love2Shop, Tesco, New Look, Argos, Curry's PC World, TK Maxx and many more. You can also donate your points to your favourite charity.



Start recording your journeys and start earning points today

  • Download the BetterPoints app from the App Store or Google Play store.
  • Tap 'Sign up' in the app, and fill out the form using your email address.
  • You will be automatically eligible to join the Step Up Sheffield challenge due to your email address.
  • If you’d prefer to let the app detect your activities, just turn on automatic tracking. This will detect your walking, running and cycling journeys and mark all vehicle journeys as 'In Vehicle'.
  • Using active tracking will not affect the apps ability to detect and reward your walking, running and cycling. These will appear after being validated on the app (usually within an hour of completion.)

Keep an eye out for events and campaigns where you will be able to earn additional points for taking part.

Terms & conditions

Only staff and students of our University are eligible to join this challenge. If you need any assistance using the app please visit the help section in the main menu of the app once you've downloaded it.

Step Up demo