Does your club or society need help with funding? Have you got a great idea for a project? Are you presenting your research at a conference?
University is about so much more than just studying. The Alumni Foundation supports the extra-curricular activities that make Bristol such an exciting and vibrant place to study, including sports clubs, cultural societies, theatre productions and media.
In addition, the Alumni Foundation also awards grants to individuals to help cover their travel costs to conferences where they are presenting their research.
The Alumni Foundation Committee includes academic staff, as well as representatives from Bristol's Alumni Association and the Students' Union. The Committee meets once each term to consider applications.
You can apply online via Blackboard. Before doing so, you will need to enrol on Blackboard as follows:
Once you are enrolled you can make your online application to the Alumni Foundation. Please ensure that you have read the guidance notes.
Application deadline: 31 October 2014
Committee meeting date: 14 November 2014
Application deadline: 13 February 2015
Committee meeting date: 26 February 2015
Application deadline: 8 May 2015
Committee meeting date: 21 May 2015
For travel grants, the Committee would prefer to consider your application at the meeting closest to the date of your conference or travel. However, they will take into account that some conferences and travel fares need to be confirmed further in advance than this.
You will find out whether your application was successful by email, no later than a week after the Committee meeting.
If you are successful, we will let you know about the payment arrangements. If you do not collect your grant within one month of notification, your money will be deemed to have expired.
Should your circumstances change, and you no longer need all, or part of your grant, you are obliged to return the funds to the Alumni Foundation. Your grant only applies for the specific project stated on the application form, and is non-transferable.
You must provide feedback to the Alumni Foundation through Blackboard within one month of your conference, or completion of your activity or project. This is essential for promoting the Alumni Foundation to donors, and encouraging others to apply for grants.
If you are applying for a travel grant, you will also be expected to acknowledge the support you have received from the Alumni Foundation on your printed materials or in your presentation (download the Alumni Foundation logo).
You must also ask your supervisor or research advisor to send an email to email@example.com confirming your attendance at the conference.
The Alumni Foundation was set up in 1982 by staff and alumni who wanted to help current students have as rich and rewarding an experience at Bristol as they did.
Today, many alumni continue to give back to the University – sports clubs, cultural societies and theatre productions have all been funded by the Alumni Foundation in the past.Make a donation
We hope these testimonials will inspire you to get involved in similar events and activities, or come up with your own ideas.
The Alumni Foundation grant enabled BULABDS to host an inclusive Latin American and Ballroom Dancing competition for universities around the country, and to expand it so more universities could attend. They were able to hire a larger sports hall as the venue, and hire two additional external judges to ensure a fairly judged competition.
Over 200 dancers entered into the competition from a variety of universities and a further three universities have since expressed an interest in attending the competition next year in 2015. The lively, and friendly competition, helped to promote the University of Bristol as a vibrant place to live and study to the audience who also attended the event.
The competition hugely promoted inter-university relations, providing an opportunity for Bristol students of all backgrounds and subject areas to mix with students from other universities.
Nicolette Moreau (BSc 2013, PhD 2013 -)
Thanks to an award from from the Geoffrey Lemon Fund, Robogals was able to purchase four laptops capable of running LEGO Mindstorm programming software. Laptops are a vital piece of equipment, both for robotics workshops and for training volunteers.
This year, Robogals introduced 197 girls to engineering through workshops, science fairs, and presentations about what engineers do and the difference they make to society.
Robogals won three awards at the annual Seminars Inducting New Executives (SINE) conference, when all the UK chapters of Robogals meet to exchange ideas, develop links between branches, and train new committee members.
'The Alumni Foundation grant played a significant role in these successes and will continue to help us thrive as a society.'
Emma Dyke, MSci student, said
'Just before the Easter break, the annual Classics play was able to take place, thanks largely to the Alumni Foundation’s generous donation of £350. The award has also helped to make the project self-sustaining in the future.
'The play was a rendition of Aristophanes’ Knights, a political comedy about the problems inherent in a radical democracy, and featured a cast entirely from the Classics Society. It ran for two nights in the Students’ Union, in the Lady Winston Theatre, and both nights completely sold out.
'The play was made possible thanks to the donation from the Alumni Foundation, which was treated as a ‘start up’ fund to help cover costs such as the rental of the theatre, the pyrotechnics and the props, many of which will be re-usable.
'Due to the play’s popularity and the large volume of tickets that were sold, we more than re-made oue costs, so have enough money to fund next year’s production.
'Hopefully by re-investing profits, we will be able to continue to put on the Classics play for many years to come!'
Tom Robson, Ancient History undergraduate
'During the month of August, the Bristol Revunions travelled up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to take part and immerse ourselves in, arguably, the biggest cultural event in the world.
'Put simply, without this generous grant from the Alumni Foundation, we wouldn't have been able to. Throughout the academic year we work in a collective style in order to create our material.
'With the help of this grant, and our earnings throughout the year, we were able to create and produce two fantastic shows and therefore involve 11 people (rather than simply the four who were in our ‘main’ show). We gained great recognition from the whole festival and were even invited to join other universities in a 'sketch-off', joining the likes of the Cambridge Footlights, Leeds Tealights and the Oxford Revue.
'Our application for the fund was particularly focused on the role it would play in the sustainability of the society through the later reinvestment of funds. With the help of the grant, and our efforts in advertising the shows, we were able to fulfil our aim of making a small profit (often unheard of for many groups at the Fringe).
'This money will be reinvested in the society for the upcoming year, when we will send another show(s) to the festival and aim to repeat our success.
'I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Alumni Foundation on behalf of all the Bristol Revunions, past and present, for all the help we have gained from the grant.'
Peter Simpson, History undergraduate
'I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Alumni Foundation for helping to sponsor my conference trip to Hong Kong in April 2013, organised by the Global Spine Congress.
'Two of my papers were selected for the best oral paper presentations, which were shortlisted from a total of 700 papers. Both of my papers were heavily appreciated for explaining the mechanisms behind the occurrences of various histological degenerative features associated with disc degeneration and other pathologies such as disc herniation.
'In the future, I would like to make a contribution to the Alumni Foundation so that someone from a less privileged background, like me, can apply for funds to attend a conference and learn from such an experience, which, in my case, has been very valuable and memorable.'
Polly Lama, Medical and Veterinary Sciences PhD student
'Your generous donation enabled me to attend my first international conference as a PhD student to present my work. I flew to Cincinnati, Ohio and gave my talk at a huge annual conference called the Sixteenth Century Society Conference.
'The conference comprised of theologians (such as myself), English Literature specialists, and art historians. I gave my paper on the third day of the conference, and I was very nervous! But it proved to be such an invaluable experience that I will never forget. I received vital feedback and questions from top scholars in my field, and that feedback has really developed my thesis. Furthermore, I was able to network and meet so many scholars and other research students who have since, via email, read over my work and given useful feedback in the months following the trip.
'I cannot express how valuable it was to be there, amongst this research community, and share my own work and learn about other peoples'. Random chance conversations in the coffee room between talks, or in the hallway, would lead to new revelations about my topic, or people interested in it. That would not have happened without your grant! Thank you so much for this experience, it has not only hugely enhanced my PhD work, but this trip to the US will always remain a treasured life experience, where I met so many wonderful people.'
Emma Callister, Arts PhD student
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