#GetRalphHome nominated for a prestigious Guardian University Award

Ralph, the star of the #GetRalphHome trilogy of films, will be hitting the red carpet this month after the project was nominated for a prestigious Guardian University Award.

The #GetRalphHome project was devised following reports that a large number of students were not keeping their contact details updated on University systems. It was planned and produced by the Student Communications Team based in SSiD (the Student Services Information Desk).

The project centred around three films which were shown in the Students’ Union Film Unit and posted on SSiD’s YouTube channel. The films told the story of Ralph, a soft toy dog who was lost at the University. The films followed his struggle to be reunited with his owner, a student who had not kept his contact details up to date.

Alongside the films there were posters, social media and a competition that encouraged students to help find Ralph and reunite him with his owner, Lewis. As a result of #GetRalphHome there was a 60% increase in the number of students updating their address details on the University system.

Malcolm Roberts, the Student Communications Co-ordinator said: “Ralph was a great project for the Student Communications Team and allowed us to work closely with students and teams across the University. We’re delighted that the project has been nominated for a Guardian University Award and are extremely thankful to all the students who watched the films, updated their address details and helped get Ralph home.”

The Guardian University Awards showcase the outstanding innovation, creativity and impact of UK universities. They celebrate the delivery of world-class teaching, research and engagement across the higher education sector.  The awards aim to reward working projects in universities that demonstrate genuine innovation in the sector. They recognise the potential to inspire others through collaborative delivery on the ground and meaningful impact both inside institutions and beyond.

The Student Communications Team will find out whether they have won at the Guardian University Awards ceremony in London later this month.