£1million Capital Fund

Due to the COVID-19 situation, RUSU has agreed with the University to pause certain projects to enable the University to direct resources to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the student experience.

Our Student Experience Capital Fund is a joint initiative between RUSU and the University to support new projects suggested by students to enhance your University experience.

Each RUSU Officer team are responsible for working with the University to agree how the fund should be spent the following academic year, in consultation with students.

You can get involved by submitting ideas and suggestions through RUSU’s Change It! or by contacting your Officer team by email.

New projects from your 2019/20 Officer team

Your 2019/20 full-time Officer team (Daisy, Fifi, Gemma, Molli and Zeid) are pleased to confirm they’ve secured funding for the following:

  • Water fountains in 3sixty - COMPLETE
  • Extension for Muslin Chaplain post - COMPLETE
  • Continued funding for Positive Mental Health Advisor – COMPLETE
  • Refurbishment of the Muslim Centre – IN PROGRESS, waiting for buildings to reopen to install a campus card scanner and assess what further improvements should be made.
  • Installation of touch screen boards, voting stations and further digital screens – IN PROGRESS, waiting for buildings to reopen to install.
  • Mojo’s refurbishment - PAUSED
  • Stephen Lawrence Media Centre refurbishment - PAUSED
  • An outdoor gym - PAUSED
  • Outdoor social pods - PAUSED
  • External digital screen outside RUSU - PAUSED
  • Water fountains in 3sixty
  • Provision of mental health support on Union nights - PAUSED
  • Paramedic support on Union nights - PAUSED
  • Continuation of funding for Good Lad workshops – IN PROGRESS, RUSU has funding from the University Diversity and Inclusion budget to run these workshops.

We’re working to put plans in place to deliver all of these exciting projects and we’ll keep you updated when we have more information. In the meantime, check out all the great things the fund has already delivered below.

What has the fund delivered so far?

We’ve created a Status Tracker so you can keep up-to-date with the latest initiatives brought to you by the fund:

Complete

More than 50 new lockers to be installed in RUSU and Edith Morley, to provide you with a safe space to store belongings during the day.

Brought to you by
2017/18 Officer Team
Complete

To provide you with a space in RUSU to chill out and relax on campus, with massage chairs and sleeper pods.

Brought to you by
2017/18 Officer Team
Complete

Helping to make our building more accessible for all.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

Start-up funding to increase our faith support.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

A part-time role to extend our mental wellbeing provision, helping students to pro-actively develop their skills for managing the challenges that University and everyday life brings.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

Improving Madjeski and Nike Lecture Theatres to provide additional charging points.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

For carrying out basis repairs such as punctures and adjusting gears.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

Providing signs, maps and markings to suggest routes around campus.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

Improving our network of coverage across campus.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Complete

Expanding these successful workshops so more students can benefit.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
In progress

The Study is popular and well used by students. We’re working to upgrade and extend the existing space to increase the overall capacity and improve the range of facilities on offer.

Brought to you by
2017/18 Officer Team
Estimated completion
September 2020
Progress

Work will continue once it is safe for the building to reopen.

In progress

A new 3G sports pitch will significantly improve all-weather training facilities for a large number of our clubs.

Brought to you by
2017/18 Officer Team
Estimated completion
Academic year 2020/21
Progress

PAUSED

In progress

Investment in technology to enable teaching staff to record and share teaching materials

Brought to you by
2017/18 Officer Team
Estimated completion
Academic year 2020/21 onwards
Progress

A successful pilot was carried out in 2018/19 with 26 School champions. A Learning Capture project has been established to increase use of personal capture across the University and to equip nearly 100 teaching spaces (at Whiteknights and London Road) to record live lectures and teaching sessions over the next three years. Please note that work on equipping teaching spaces is currently paused during the Covid-19 pandemic and will resume later in the year.

In progress

Installing more fountains for you to refill re-usable water bottles on campus.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Estimated completion
March 2020
Progress

The last water fountain will be installed in JJT once it is safe for the buildings to reopen.

In progress

We will be identifying popular study space across campus and investing to upgrade the facilities on offer.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Estimated completion
Phased over the next two years (2020/21)
Progress

Furniture will be delivered and installed once it is safe for the buildings to reopen.

In progress

Increasing the number of benches around campus to allow you to take some time out and enjoy our green space.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Estimated completion
March 2020
Progress

Students will be able to use the benches outside Minghella once everyone starts returning to campus.

In progress

Allowing sports clubs to more easily store equipment close to the SportsPark.

Brought to you by
2018/19 Officer Team
Estimated completion
Spring 2020
Progress

Work will continue once it is safe for the buildings to reopen.